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1495 Sports Jets Quotes 12/10/12

1495 Sports is proud to bring these New York Jets quotes for 12/10/12:

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Head Coach Rex Ryan:

Opening Statement:

“I just watched the tape this morning. There really were a lot of good things on the tape. Obviously, I loved the way offensively we were able to control the football, in particular in the second half, the way we really got our running game going. It’s a lot of multiple things that we did in the running game, but it was good. From a defensive perspective, when you see it, it’s like here’s this play and this play, all off of the same formation, which kind of makes it difficult. I thought our guys did a tremendous job. Jacksonville was running everything they could, stunts, blitzes, everything to try and slow the running game down. It was just kind of old school football, but very effective. I also liked the way some of our guys were blocking. In particular, I thought Konrad (Reuland) had a good game. We put him in a lot of roles, where sometimes he plays tight end and sometimes he plays fullback. I thought he did a real nice job of finding people in space. I was encouraged by that. I like the way Bilal Powell and Shonne (Greene) ran the football. Obviously, we made the big play at the end with the passing game when we had to have it the most, so I’m happy with that. On defense, really a good game overall particularly on third down. We’re really doing a nice job on third down. I promise you that Muhammad Wilkerson gets a vote for Pro Bowl from Jacksonville. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. It was a dominant performance for Mo. It seems like we say it each week, but clearly he’s a guy we talked about at the beginning of the year. For an interior lineman, he’s doing an incredible job. Statistically, he had one sack, but this guy, over and over again, backs are having to pick him up. It’s rare to have an interior lineman get the attention from the backs. Usually that’s assigned to an outside edge rusher, but the backs are helping on Mo time and time again. It just shows you what the teams are thinking about this guy. What a performance by him. I thought the communication for the most part was good. We did have a couple of miscues in the back, I think communication wise. Other than that, I thought we played a nice game. They really tried to do a lot of what we call “speedo’s”, deep pass combinations, and our guys did a nice job of playing those routes almost the entire day. On special teams, I was very impressed with Robert (Malone) still punting the football. I like the way we covered for the most part. I think when you put (LaRon) Landy in there as that gunner, I think that returner sometimes thinks twice before he takes off with it.”

On Quinton Coples:

“He is (very powerful). I think that’s the combination that we’ve been talking about. Obviously, his athleticism really jumps out at you, but he is a powerful guy. We always say he’s country strong, and he is. What we’re starting to do with him now is we’re mixing him up as an inside player and an outside player. Really, (that) was a strong performance. This man had a strong performance. He had missed a sack when he went over the top of (Chad) Henne. Henne did a nice job of avoiding him. I think he got one sack and then affected three more throws, including the last one at the end of the game. It looked like he was eating that tackle up pretty good over there. This is really the kind of ability that he has. I’m encouraged by (his performance). You have Muhammad playing at an unbelievable level, I mean a Pro Bowl level. You have this young man with that kind of ability and you see him getting better, I see him getting better each week. We have to get Kenrick Ellis back to that level. I thought at the beginning of the year, Kenrick was really playing well. He hasn’t played as well as he did then, coming off that knee. We need to get him back to that level. Those should be three guys that we can count on, that this organization can count on for several years.”

On if they will have the same run/pass ratio in future games:

“No, I think each opponent is different, so you tailor a game plan accordingly. We felt good about both phases, (but more about) being able to run the ball though. If you can pick your poison, I think you’d prefer to run it because that controls the clock (and) controls the game more than if you have to throw it every snap. Clearly, we were confident throwing the ball against this group. It kind of had a little step-back when Stephen went down. We were down to three receivers, so that was the issue. We really felt the way we were running the ball and controlling the game that that would be what we did the majority of the game.”

On defensive third-down efficiency the last two games:

“I think it starts with our pass rush. The guys up front, especially Muhammad (Wilkerson), are really doing a great job beating one-on-one (protections) and actually having the running backs a lot of times as well. That’s really where it starts, being very mobile with our coverages and really running our package on third down. I think as the season goes on, you see our guys our more comfortable playing with each other (and knowing) what they can expect from each other, obviously, with LaRon (Landry) and Yeremiah (Bell). Getting Eric Smith back helps because he gives you so many different options (of) how you can use him. You can rush him. You can blitz him. You can man-cover (with him). The guy can play zone, high-zone and low-zone. Those are things that I really feel good about what we’re doing with guys. Antonio Allen stepped up in a big way (and) did a nice job rushing the passer primarily, but we know he has man-cover skills as well. I think (Coach) Mike Pettine, (Coach) Dennis (Thurman) and (Coach) Bob Sutton are doing a great job really having our guys prepared. I like the fact Quinton Coples is now starting to step it up also as a pass rusher and I think that helps us.”

On the team suddenly having playoff possibilities:

“Well suddenly, I’m not worried about anything else but finding a way to beat Tennessee. Our position is simple – we have to beat Tennessee, so I’m not really focused on anything else.”

On what it says about the team to win the past two games after a challenging start to the season:

“One thing I know about our group is we’re going to compete like crazy until the bitter end. That’s what this group does. But we try to get better, we try to do things right, we try to get better on the practice field and in the classroom and try to get better. A thing that I think you can really see the improvement is penalties. When you look at the penalties, I think we’re third in the league now in least penalized team but when we started in the bye week, we really studied on it, started focusing on it and you’ve seen that number come way down. I mean way down. I’m proud of that. I see our guys getting better and improving and I mentioned it. I said before I see our defense getting much better and the communication and it starts back there. The things that we can fix, I see us getting better at. Obviously, ball security still is an issue and it’ll still be addressed and (is something we will) keep working on. I don’t think anybody’s worked harder on it than we have.  It’s something that we still need to get better at. That’s the missing piece. If we don’t turn the ball over, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”

Defensive End Quinton Coples:

On what he can attribute his improvement to:

“I think (getting) more reps and more opportunities to go out there on third down and even second-and-long as well. (Getting) more reps, staying in my play book and working on the things that my coaches are coaching me on.”

On whether getting more playing time earlier in the season has helped him:

“Yes, I definitely think so. Anytime you get out on the field, it’s a learning experience. You definitely want to take advantage of the opportunities. I’m excited about getting out there each and every week.”

On transitioning from college to the NFL:

“It’s two different games. Going from college to the NFL is definitely a lot different. I don’t know if you can compare the two (in terms of) the level of intensity and the different levels of play. I’m still learning, still grasping everything and I think everything is falling into place.”

Defensive End Mike DeVito:

On whether he’s surprised in the shift in opinion going from the loss to New England to two straight wins:

“Being here in New York for six years, it’s something that I find myself doing, watching other teams now. It’s like, “Oh, one loss, it’s the end of the world and one win, they’re going to win everything.” It’s kind of the way the atmosphere is around here and you have to recognize that and realize that the worst thing you can do is when things like that are happening is to pack it in and really believe that either way, you just have to continue each week to be consistent and get better.”

On whether he shifts his opinion when the Jets are losing:

“No, because I know the type of thing we have (and) I know the guys that are in this locker room, I know that each week we’re going to continue to work hard and to get better. We really want to win this game no matter what the situation or scenario is, we’re going to fight to win this game.”

On whether he’s looking ahead to the playoffs:

“I think next week. Me personally, I always think next week. I think to the next game.  I don’t do well when I start thinking ahead. The focus is on Tennessee. Let’s control what we can control in front of us.”

Defensive Lineman Muhammad Wilkerson:

On getting teams off the field on third down:

“All of the coaches, position coaches and defensive coordinator, are putting together a great game plan. All 11 guys are getting out there and executing.”

On if he is focused on the playoffs:

“Our next playoff game is Tennessee. All we can focus on is the next game. We can’t focus on or worry about any playoff pictures. We just have to worry about our next opponent, and that’s Tennessee on Monday night.”

On back-to-back wins:

“It felt good to get two back-to-back wins. We’re just going to make sure we prepare for Tennessee. We know they’re going to give us all they’ve got and hopefully we get the win.”

On being mentioned for the Pro Bowl:

“I give the credit to (Coach Rex Ryan). I’m proud to be a Jet. They brought me here. I’m going to continue to play like a Jet and do my best for the defense.”

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