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New York Jets Quotes ~ 12/26/13

Here are some New York Jets quotes for 12/26/13:

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Head Coach Rex Ryan:

Opening statement:

“Today, we had a great practice, about as good as we’ve had defensively since I’ve been here, I think. Sometimes off of a holiday, a little time down, sometimes that focus isn’t there, but it was certainly there today. That was great to see. Guys were feeling good, communicating and flying around, so (it was a) really good practice.”

On Jets he thinks deserve to make the Pro Bowl:

“I’m sure they’ll be several guys (who) will get some votes, I hope. I think there are a lot of guys deserving. The guys that jump out at you (are) your usual suspects with Brick (D’Brickashaw Ferguson) and (Nick) Mangold. I think Nick Folk hero should get some for sure. The one kid (Justin Tucker) made a 61-yarder, I know he’s not getting any of our votes. (joking) There are some guys who have had some great years, but it’s hard for me to believe there have been any better than his, so I think him. Obviously, (Mo) Wilkerson, the type of year he had. I think Calvin Pace deserves it. I’m not sure if he’ll get any (votes). I would think maybe even Sheldon. I think we should have a few guys on there for sure.”

Whether he had any expectations at this point that Woody Johnson or John Idzik would inform him whether or not he’s returning to the team next season…

“No, the only expectation I know that I have and that we’re fulfilling is getting ready for Miami. That’s been the theme all year and that’s the way it is. We just focus on this week and that’s it. So as far as expectations, that’s where my expectations are, that we’re getting ready to play this game and I think our guys, we’ll see, the proof being the pudding on Sunday, but I think our guys are going to play well.”

On how he would describe Smith’s learning on and off the field since he became a Jet:

“Obviously, it would be challenging for everybody, but especially when you come here it’s different than when you go to other clubs, other teams or whatever, because it is, and it’s a good thing, the media is so much more here than it is (other places), your commitment, they say it’s the same, but it’s way different, I think, from other teams that I’ve been around. I think he’s done a really nice job that way. He’s a stand-up guy. I think as far as his play, he’s come a million miles. This is a guy that was in shotgun his whole time (at West Virginia). He had to learn how to take a snap. He had to set up, three-step, five-step, seven-step drops. (He had to) learn not just our offense, but try to learn the defenses as well that he’s facing and obviously that’s a great challenge because you’re not facing the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints on defense in college. You’re not. Obviously, that’s a big adjustment. The fact we’ve had a lot of different bodies in there at receiver, we weren’t exactly the healthiest during the year, so that I’m sure has been a challenge. But the young man never flinched. He just keeps going (and) works every day to get better. Obviously, I think that the tutelage that he’s had with David Lee in particular and Marty (Mornhinweg) running that show on offense has been spectacular as well.”

Whether there is something to said for finishing with eight wins as opposed to a losing season:

“I’d much rather have eight than have seven (laughing). There’s no question about that. However that is, I’d definitely rather have eight wins. There’s no question. Like I said, we’re excited to go there for other reasons. We’re going to measure how much we’ve improved or have we improved and I think we’ll all see it. I think that’s big. You have a non-losing season, maybe in the big picture it’s one game, but it sure sounds better to be 8-8 than it would be 7-9.”

On whether he thinks it’s fair for people to criticize him for not building a consistent offense in his tenure:

“Everybody has a right to their opinion and that’s fine. Again, I’d rather focus on the Miami deal and then face that later, but I certainly understand how everybody has a right to their opinion and I’m not here to try (change it). It’s not like “Survivor” where I’m trying to get their vote or something like that (joking) (laughter). Hey, you have your opinion and I’m not here to change it. There are a lot of people who have a great deal of knowledge in the game. That’s super. And there are some who maybe with not quite as much, but fans have the right to have their opinions and that’s one of the beautiful things about this league, especially the positive opinions about me (joking) (laughter).”

Quarterback Geno Smith

On how much he has grown this season:

“Tremendously, I’ve grown. Just learning the game, that’s an ongoing process and I’m just continuing to grow every single day in practice and with the film study and repetition I get in the games, things are starting to slow down for me and I’m able to go out there and play aggressively and use my natural ability.”

His biggest adjustment to the NFL:

“Just playing in an entirely new offense, a new system, all new footwork, everything was new, let alone being a rookie in the NFL. All those things were brand new to me, so just a bunch of things that I had to learn from. And I’m still learning. This process is never going to end and I’m still going to continue to learn and get better every single day.”

On whether he will look back on his rookie year and see how much he has gone through from draft day through Sunday’s game:

“That’s the plan. Obviously the plan is to continue to grow every single day. From the day I was drafted here until now I’ve grown. That’s something I will continue to work at and I know my coaches and teammates will (hold) me to that because that’s the way we work around here and hopefully down the line I’ll be able to say I learned a lot from this season. But being in the moment right now, I don’t think that far and quite honestly I wish I could’ve had some things back, but you can’t take them back, you just have to continue to go forward.”

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