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New York Jets Quotes 5/10/13

Here are some quotes for the members of the 1495 Sports Nation who are also Jets fans.

New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan:

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Opening remarks:

Today was good. It’s too bad that the team period wasn’t filmed, and not for reasons you might think, but because some of the defenses that we played out there, I would have loved to have got that through the league, (because) there’s no way of recognizing some of the things we played. (laughter) So, there’s a little work to do (on) both sides, obviously. I always like to challenge guys mentally when they first come here, so you let them know that the process speeds up quite a bit, obviously (in) the NFL game compared to college, so I always like challenging guys. The one thing my dad would always say, two things, “Don’t let the only limitations your players have be you as a coach.” I always thought, ‘How do you not take that personally.’ And the other one, “The players can always do more than you think.” But today, I don’t know if that was proven accurate, because, ‘Wow.’ We made a few (mistakes). I don’t know if we ever played a defense properly and the same thing offensively. But, either way, we have a long way to go. I was encouraged by the looks of it. I went in and I saw our offensive line. Here’s a group that as people are familiar with us, when you went into the second half of the preseason games, it was like, you never wanted your son to play quarterback or running back for us (joking). Hopefully, that will be a little different this preseason, because I think we’ll be able to block some people, but it is an impressive group, when you consider that you have three draft picks on that offensive line (and) the All-American from Clemson (Dalton Freeman) at center, who looked really impressive to me. It’s a good looking group. I was impressed with those guys. I like the way that Geno (Smith) threw the ball in particular, (it) looked pretty good to me. He can spin it, that’s no surprise there. The guy that stood out at receiver was this young man from Tennessee, I thought he stood out, Zach Rogers, number 15, he caught a lot of balls out there. Slot receiver, I saw him return punts and he did a good job on the special teams drills as everybody watched, you know, breaking down, form tackling, things like that, so he looked good. Then on defense, it’s pretty obvious who popped out there. I mean Sheldon Richardson was good. I don’t want to put expectations too high, but yeah, he was impressive to say the least. For a tryout, we had Mason Robinson from Rutgers. He was playing some nickel, I like him. The coaches at Rutgers said that no one at Rutgers wanted to fight this guy. I’m like, “Wow, that’s pretty good for a little corner.” Now we’ll have somebody that will fight him (joking), but that’s impressive. I like that Kevin Carty was his coach in high school, so he was bragging about (him), (he’s a) friend of mine. It was to be expected, but man, we made so many mistakes, it’s like, ‘I have to a better job of teaching.’ Any time you’re working with guys, you think you have doing a great job teaching, and then they get on the field and you realize that you have a lot of work to do as a coach yourself. You take it personally and hopefully we’ll get better as these practices move on.”

On what he looks for from a young quarterback:

“You kind of listen to the huddle, all that type of stuff. Some guys can’t spit it out, (Smith) certainly can. Those are things you look at, the way he conducts himself, eyes up, all that type of stuff. Then you want to see the ball come out in some kind of rhythm, it’s what you look for as well. Today, the first throw when we go into team, the kid doesn’t play it right, and we’re playing a two-man, I think he’s expecting it, and the Sam is here and he holds, so he had to double-clutch, well that really doesn’t work in this league. There are obviously a lot of things that have to get better, but I thought for the most part, he did throw the ball in rhythm pretty well, he was fairly accurate with it. It was good.”

On if he was happy to hear that Smith held a meeting with the linemen last night:

“Yeah, I think that’s great. It’s interesting, because I thought it was unusual the way he did command the huddle. That was pretty impressive. And the fact that he’s already telling the guys (instructions), that’s pretty sharp.”

On how much time he spent with Smith during the pre-draft process:

“A little bit. I never went to his pro day or anything like that. He came up here, so I had a chance to visit with him and in Indianapolis you only get 15 minutes, but (in total) I had a little longer than that, so probably about an hour I’ve spent with him.”

On Richardson playing at nose tackle today:

“Well, we move them around. Depending on our call, you can have a guy at nose, you can have him at 3-(technique), you can have him at 5-(technique), there are several different things that he can do. But one thing we saw, explosiveness, effort to the football, the guy loves to play, you can already tell that. You could have doubled (the length of) that practice and he would have been fine. The main thing with us is, in our system, just take a good defensive player and it doesn’t matter (where we play him). I understand (people saying), “He should go to a 4-3 team.” Well, half our defense was played in a 4-3, at least. It doesn’t matter. Our thing (is), just give us a good football player and this system will make a good player great. We’ll see what he does.”

On having Coach Mornhinweg as the offensive coordinator:

“I think with Marty (Mornhinweg), his reputation speaks for itself. Results are what they are and they’re hard to hide when you’ve been as successful as Marty. Guys step in and they have that understanding and he’s got a presence, that’s important. He’s the leader of that side. For me, there’s a chance that we may have six or seven new starters on defense, so my time is going to be spent over there.”

Quarterback Geno Smith

On the first day of rookie mini-camp:

“It was great. I got a chance to go out there and compete with my teammates. Everyone out there, our heads are spinning. Install one was tough, but overall, I think we did a pretty good job.”

On his experience the last two weeks:

It’s been good. Obviously, there has been a lot of talking to media, but for me it’s just being my normal self, just handling business the way I always have.”

On if he pays attention to talk in the media:

“No, I never have and probably never will. I understand it comes with the territory. I just focus on what really matters to me and that’s just being a good teammate, focusing on my football and getting better daily.”

On what he thinks his rookie experience will be like:

“I think it will be a great one. I’m going to be here and I’m going to try to make the best of it. I have a job to do as of right now and that’s to come in and compete. Right now, there’s a long way to go in that process. This is only step one, day one, but it was fun to get out here on the practice field, enjoy my teammates and coaches, learn from Coach (David) Lee, learn from Coach (Marty) Mornhinweg and then just be a Jet.”

On whether he is disappointed in criticism he has taken:

“I don’t think anyone who’s worked with me or has known me in the past has had anything negative to say. I think from what I’ve seen, my coaches and teammates have all said great things about me. But I’m not focused on that. I’m focused on what I have here with the Jets, proving myself to my teammates and coaches and just focusing on bettering myself daily. You try to master this offense and (just be) one of the guys.”

On whether he has talked to David Garrard or Mark Sanchez:

“I talked to David (Garrard), spoke with Mark (Sanchez and) spoke with Greg (McElroy), all the guys. We’re a team here. In that quarterback room, we’re a close-knit bunch. We’re going to be competing with one another, but I’m a rookie in this thing, so I’m going to be learning from every single one of them.”

On how his skill set matches up with the offense:

“I think it’s going to be a transition. Obviously, it’s a different system than I had been in, but like I said, it’s just about the work that I put in and making sure that I’m in that playbook day and night, studying film, watching guys from the past and the present who have played in a similar system and trying to figure out ways to implement my game into it.”

On asserting leadership qualities with a new group of people:

“I just be myself. I don’t think it’s hard to do. I don’t even put that in my mind frame. I just come out and be my natural self. Overall, I think I’ve always been a natural leader and that’s something that my teammates of the past can attest to. Right now, it’s about getting to know these guys and allowing them to understand me and let me lead them in a way.”

On how smooth his transition has been since the draft:

“It’s been smooth for me. I got my playbook the first night I was drafted. I studied it. I’m here at camp and I had pretty decent day of practice. It’s just been smooth. I’ve been getting the chance to know my teammates, (my) coaches, get acclimated to the system, get acclimated to the building, my surroundings and everything has been pretty smooth with me.”

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