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Thursday Player Interviews


Transcripts of interviews with selected Jets players during locker room media availability before Thursday's midday practice:


On Denver's zone blocking scheme…

Honestly, it was just one of those things. I know for the past couple of days nobody has seen me. I just decided that I was going to take a couple of days off to unwind. Sometimes you need a second to put things into perspective.

We got our bubble burst. We went out there with all the best intentions and honestly we didn't get it done. I had to think long and hard about the situation because I didn't know what to say, to answer the questions that have been asked. Honestly, I just kind of thought about it from the perspective if I was a fan. Would I want to hear the response? Honestly, probably not.

Denver is a good team and they showed it, but we went out there and we didn't play to our potential. As far as I am concerned, I can take full blame for the fact that I didn't get it done. I could have done better shedding. I was in place a lot of times but just didn't shed. We didn't get the tackling done and I take it upon myself because the responsibility on me is big and I have always known that. If I am doing good, then it's good. If I am doing bad, then it shows.

It's just one of those things that I have to take it like a man, suck it up and now it's San Francisco week. I had to shed that and swallow it. I know you wanted to ask so I am going to answer it now, but after this I am not going to talk about it anymore because my focus is on San Francisco.

We have a tough challenge ahead of us because we haven't won on the West Coast yet. They are playing very strong since [Mike] Singletary has taken over and we have to be ready for that. They have a great running back in [Frank] Gore. We have our hands full this week.

It was a hard pill to swallow with the Denver loss, but sometimes you have to deal with the reality of the situation, find a way to learn after your mistakes and move on. That's what the situation is. All isn't lost. We are still in good standing. We just have to continue to win. That starts this week and that is where I am at.

On placing the blame on himself…

I don't know, call it what you want. I just know how I play the game and I am going to approach the game how I play. I didn't do the best that I could. If I would have done better, would it have changed the outcome? Who knows, but it's not for me to say. I just know when I looked at the film afterwards there were some things I could have done better. I am going to make sure that I definitely take responsibility for that.

My position, it's one where I have to be the point of attack for this defense. If I don't do a good job, then who is to say that it probably didn't impact the whole performance. I am going to take a lot of that on my shoulders and I am going to be a man about it.

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