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Tuesday Player Interviews


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


On his description of his 32-yard interception-return TD vs. Arizona...

It was in slow motion. I was jogging and enjoying the moment. It happened in slow motion. It's exciting for the defense to make plays on Sunday.

On having the bye week early…

It's a benefit. What we have been doing this morning is going over some of the mistakes we made the first four games and trying to correct them. We are going to use this week to go over some things and tighten up the defense.

On the relationship between Laveranues Coles and Brett Favre…

Laveranues is one of the best receivers in the NFL. I played against him during training camp. He teaches me some of the things that wide receivers think and do. He is a good friend of mine. He and Brett are clicking right now and we want to give Laveranues the ball more. I know Brett is going to look for him to make plays.

On what a win does for them in the locker room…

It's real positive for us right now. We came into this game wanting to win with high expectations, so it's good to go into the bye week to correct some things that we had some mistakes on and move forward.


On how big a jump the offense has made since Brett Favre's first practices with the Jets...

It's a dramatic jump because we do have a complex offense and just to call the play out was tough for him early on. Sometimes we got the play but we didn't get a formation and protection back in camp.

He has really evolved and he's obviously had to study a lot. He's taking ownership and he understands what we are trying to do and the concept of everything we are doing. Obviously, we have incorporated some stuff that he likes and he used to do. There has been a lot of effort put into it and I guess you could say you saw some of that on Sunday with some of the results.

On if it has been harder for him since the playbook has been altered…

For me personally, it's different because I finally got a grasp on the offense. Last year I really started understanding and knew what was coming. With it being altered, it was a little difficult, but not to a great extent. It hasn't been too difficult that we had to change it and say, "I don't know what this is." "Are you going to me?" "No."

I have to actually study even going into my third year of the offense and learn the nuances. It piques your interest a little bit more than going through the same thing year after year. In that aspect it was a little bit different, but it wasn't a difficult challenge. It was just something different.


On describing the atmosphere at practice with Brett Favre…

We have been having a lot of fun in practice. We have a lot of good guys in the locker room and I think he knows that. It has been evident. We have a lot of fun in practice joking around. We get our work done, but as we have been playing he's been getting more comfortable with everything. We have been more comfortable with him going out there and playing football. We are starting to see things come together and have success.

He is leading the league in a lot of categories and it was just one of those things that you're out there having fun. There is a lot of energy and he expressed how he felt and we feel the same. We are happy for him to be here. Everybody knows he is a great quarterback, a Hall of Fame quarterback. He is an even better person, a guy that likes to keep everything lively, and I feel like we are going to have a lot of fun this year.

On if people were wondering what Favre was going to be like before he arrived…

There is always that curiosity factor. You didn't know what to expect. We knew the whole outlook was going to change once he became a Jet. I think there were probably some guys in awe. How many guys get to play with a Hall of Fame quarterback or a guy of that stature? There was an adjustment period, but everybody is settled in. Brett is another guy on the team that we really enjoy and enjoy playing with. Now it's time to roll. Now it's time to roll to go out there and play football.

On if the offensive line has noticed how well Favre has adapted to the playbook…

Yes, now I can read the way he calls the play in the huddle. He's not forgetting the playcall in the huddle. He knows it now. Once you get to that point, now you go out and play football. He is definitely more comfortable in the offense. Guys are more comfortable with him calling the plays. We are more in sync. Now, you will start to see his true abilities really start to come out on the football field. By no means is this a finished product. I think it will get better and better.

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