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New York Jets Transcript – Head Coach Todd Bowles, 6.13

On “testiness” at today’s practice…
We had some guys probably unanimous all-trash talking team in shorts and t-shirts. They make it every year. It’s no different today.

On who is the captain of that team (all-trash talking team)…
It’s a pick‘em every week. We have about seven or eight of them, but I’ll leave the names out it for now.

On whether most of the trash talking occurs on the defensive side of the ball…
No, we have them on both sides definitely, coaches included.

On if it bothers him when a player touches the quarterback…
We should not touch the quarterback.

On if there is a fine line with touching the quarterback because defensive players are trying to execute their assignments…
There is no fine line. We do not touch the quarterback in shorts and t-shirts, ever.

On if he likes that players are trash talking…
It’s spirited, it’s fine, it’s a part of football, it’s been trashing talking for years so you get used to it. As long as they know what they are doing, they can talk as much as they want. If they don’t (know what they’re doing), they probably need to shut up.

On if he will talk to Leonard Williams about touching the quarterback…
We talked about it. It was handled on the field. It’s not a big deal. It doesn’t carry over. And he wasn’t the only one.

On how confident he is that Robby Anderson his put the off the field issues behind him…
Time will tell. I mean you can get to be a better person. He’s got to be consistent at it and he is working at it. So we go from there.

On if this is Anderson’s “last strike”…
We typically don’t talk about player incidents. We handle all of that in-house and any decision that have to be made, we will discuss that upstairs before I ever do anything with the media.

On if three incidents by Anderson is “pushing it”…
One incident is pushing it, but every incident is different obviously. I’ve seen people have quite a few. We handle things in house. We’re confident in the way we handle things. We’re confident in Robby abilities and the person he is and we have talked to him. So we put that to bed on our end and we’ll go from there.

On Darnold’s practice today…
He made some good throws. Again, it is two-hand touch. He made some good throws and he is learning some things. It is a process. He is throwing the ball well. He is learning every day. He is gaining confidence as is Teddy (Bridgewater) and Josh (McCown), and we just keep it moving. We just want him to play fast once training camp comes, so (he is) taking in a lot right now and he is handling it well.

On if he would like to see the defense produce more interceptions…
Turnovers are important. It is minicamp. They need to come down with them in the fall, not right now in the summer. They are getting their hands on balls. They just have to make the plays and that is what we are practicing right now.

On where Darnold measures up compared to when the team evaluated him prior to the draft…
He is right where we thought he was. Obviously, putting in installs every day, he is going to be learning. He is going to be learning when he gets to training camp, but he applies it well, he rarely makes the same mistake twice and we are pleased with where he is.

On the importance of the relationship between the offensive coordinator and the quarterback…
It is huge because they talk to each other all the time. They’ve got to have continuity. They’ve got to be in-sync. One has to know what the other one is thinking and we have three guys that Jeremy (Bates) is getting to know very well and they are all working at it.

On if playing fast is the biggest attribute Darnold can have heading into training camp…
For us it is. Obviously with the teaching part, he is behind the other guys because they had the phase one, two and OTAs as well. But when he came in, he was learning, trying to get up to speed and be on the same page so they all can compete.

On what is going to keep him up at night about the team heading into training camp…
I don’t think anything is going to keep me up on vacation, but when I come back, obviously, as you put your thoughts into it, you just worry about the chemistry of the team coming together. You know who the talents are and you know who can fit what role for the most part and there are some new guys you want to see in pads. You want to see if the guys out of pads show up in pads. That is really what you want to see, so that will be the biggest thing for me.

On the identity of the defense…
We don’t have one yet. We are still gelling and we are still blending. We don’t have an identity yet. We are working chemistry at some new pieces over there obviously with Avery (Williamson) and Trumaine (Johnson) and a couple of other guys. So, we don’t have one yet. We are trying to develop an identity. Until we get to camp and get the pads on and get through the everyday grind, we don’t have one yet.

On Coach Rodgers being able to coach his son…
Just looking at it from the outside in, I think it is great. It is great on one hand and when another coach is yelling at him, it is probably not great that you’re sitting there inside stewing, but they have a great relationship. I have known them for quite a while, since he was probably 12 or 13. Just to see them two together again, as a father, I’m sure you have to be proud. I can’t imagine because it is his son and himself, but I am sure they have nice dinner conversations.

On Jamal Adams returning punts in practice…
We had a little fun with him.

On if Adams returning punts could become a regular thing…
No.

On the 1987 Washington replacement players getting Super Bowl rings…
I think it is great. At the time, it was my second year. When you are on strike and somebody has your job, obviously you want them to fail and you want to get back to work. So, back then they were a little hot-headed, I will have to say I was probably included in that. Over time as you move on in years, if they don’t win those three ball games, who knows what happens during that year. They worked hard for it, they earned it and I am happy they got them.

On if the Redskins would have won the NFC East if the replacements hadn’t beaten the Cowboys…
I have no idea. I don’t know what would have happened. They earned it. They were part of the team and they earned every right to have their ring. I am happy they got them.

On if Terrelle Pryor is on target to be ready for training camp…
No, he just got his boot removed.

On if having the boot off is better than Pryor still having the boot on…
That is a good assessment.

On if Pryor is trending forward…
He is trending forward. Yes, he is.

On if it is safe to assume that Pryor will be on the PUP list for training camp…
Not yet, we will see how his (injury) progress goes over the summer and we will deal with it when we come back. I can’t really tell you right now how he heals fast or slow, so we’re just going to take it week-by-week.

On his message to the team over the break…
Study, go over things they have learned here, make sure that they stay in shape and be in shape, stay out of trouble obviously and come back ready to work.

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