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New York Jets Transcript – Head Coach Todd Bowles, 8.7

On the amount of interceptions today…

I know it’s a lot of give and take and this is the first time as a team. The offense won some, and the defense won some so that was good to see. One side of the ball is never going to win and me being the head coach, I’ll probably never be happy, but I saw a lot of progress from a team standpoint so I’m happy about that.

 

On the status of Quincy Enunwa…

No more status on him. He’ll be back when (he is) back. He hurt his hand.

 

On if the status of Enunwa is week-to-week…

Day-to-day, week-to-week, whenever he can catch the ball.

 

On if he likes when Sam Darnold takes shots downfield…

We need to take shots downfield, so we practice them. Obviously, they had it covered today but I’m good with taking shots downfield.

 

On how a young quarterback learns the risk/reward of taking shots downfield…

Practice. You just have to practice. They’re not going to win every round; the defensive backs have to win somewhere, or I’d be disappointed if we don’t get any picks. But at the same time, the quarterbacks have to take care of the ball. It’s just practice. They’re keeping their heads down and everybody’s working so it’s some good give and take.

 

On Robby Anderson’s and Terrelle Pryor’s one-handed catch…

Robby, (this) is the first time I’ve seen him catch with one hand. Pryor, I think he duplicated me because it was the catch I made in fourth grade (laughter), but it was a heck of a catch.

 

On the potential the defense has…

Right now they’re getting to know each other. They have to learn to play together. Obviously, there’s some new pieces over there and they’re working hard and have their heads down. When they gel, they have great potential, but right now it’s just a work in progress.

 

On how critical it is to generate more takeaways…

It’s always good to have more takeaways. I don’t care if you led the league, you want to have more takeaways than last year. So it’s critical to give the offense some good field position and get their offense off the field as much as possible.

 

On if you can coach that or if it is something that comes naturally…

They come, we coach it all the time and you practice it. You practice fumbles, you practice interceptions, you practice tip drills but it’s something that just comes in bunches and we just have to keep working at it.

 

On Trenton Cannon…

I think he’s grasping the offense, so he’s doing less thinking. I think he made leaps and bounds from the spring in a week’s progress, so he just has to keep working. I think he’s a hard-working guy, he’s a confident guy and every day he gets better at something. I don’t know if there’s any individual thing to get better at, it’s just his overall game. He just has to prepare himself and he has to show up in the preseason.

 

On the meeting with the officials about the new rules…

We’ve covered it before they even got here so they were well aware of them right there. Just seeing them on tape, they were just reaffirmed of those things. Like I said, they’ve been practicing well, and they’ve been trying to do it the right way. There are going to be some freak things that happen, but for the most part we practice it well and I think they’ll be fine.

 

On what he thinks of the new rule of the helmet touching the body and it being a penalty…

Well you’re talking about the top of the helmet. You can’t duck your head and that risks injury to the tackler and the tacklee, so we try not to teach that, and we make sure we try to keep our heads up and that’s what we’ve been doing so this is not a new thing for us.

 

On how he feels about the rule…

It’s a rule. I mean I think it’s more or less how the referees call it. Everybody’s going to have to get used to it and there’s going to be some mistakes along the way, but I watched the Hall of Fame game and I’ve seen some calls they made and everybody just has to get used to it. It’s no different than how everybody teaches, it’s just more emphasis on it.

 

On if he thinks they will over-officiate the new helmet rule to get teams used to it…

I’m sure, I expect them to. I expect them to. Anytime you put in a new rule change, that is what happens in the preseason and then the players and the coaches have to adapt.

 

On what was the biggest question players had for the officials…

They didn’t have many. Like I said, we covered it a couple times. It wasn’t a new thing, so they have already embraced and gotten used to it. Obviously, when you see some hits from people back in my era, it’s a little different. Their era now and seeing it change a little bit, they just look at it a little differently, but they have been doing the same things they have always been doing so there wasn’t a lot of push back.

 

On if he has to teach a different way of tackling…

Well we have been teaching the right way from the beginning. It doesn’t bother us one bit. Our coaches are not changing what they are doing, because I don’t think any team in the league teaches to tackle with your head down. So, the teaching from our standpoint is not really a factor.

 

On the play of Henry Anderson and Folorunso Fatukasi…

Both very smart, both very strong. Obviously, Anderson has played a little more and he has some experience there, so he can go down the line and rotate. Foley is very smart and very strong, but it has been a week. We have got to see some things from them and everybody else. They have to gel with the other guys and they have to play in the preseason, but we like what we see thus far.

 

On Jamal Adams’ comments about the team’s attitude last season…

Me and Jamal have talked about that. Jamal is a very young player and he is a very smart player and he speaks from his heart and no different, we talked about it. He didn’t mean a lot of things that came out wrong, but from a necessary standpoint when you give everything, and you demand people to be like you, everyone is not like you. Some people learn differently, and some don’t, but we talked about it and it is just part of being a young player. He will learn over time things to say and what he really means and what not to say. We dealt with it and we moved on.

 

On if he talked to him today about it…

I have talked to him today and I have talked to him another day, but it is just part of being a young player. It’s a process and I talk to all of our young players about that and they will get better. Obviously, there are going to be some bumps in the road, but you move on.

 

On if players from last season may take the comments the wrong way…

You can’t take back what you said, if you said it. But you move on, you learn from your mistakes and you go from there.

 

On if he agrees with Adams assessment…

I didn’t really read it. No, and I really don’t discuss in-house business outside, so it really doesn’t matter.

 

On if Adams needs to hold back a little more…

He needs to be himself and I’m happy with him being himself.

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