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New York Jets Transcript – Head Coach Todd Bowles, 8/26

On when he plans to name a starting quarterback…
I definitely won’t do it today. Sometime next week, maybe.

On if this is a weird week because some players are still fighting for roster spots and some are getting ready for Week One…
I don’t think so. Everyone has to be prepared to play this game. You want to see guys, our second and third units and guys trying to make the team, play a long time. This will be a game they get to play a long period of time. You really get to take a look at them. I think it’s important for a lot of guys this week.

On the process of deciding on a starting quarterback…
I don’t think it happens in a week. It happens throughout the course of spring and summer. I always get their opinions. This is not a state of the union meeting type of thing. I think they have a feel for where I am from a coaching standpoint. You tell the players when you tell the players, and you kind of go from there. It’s a little bit of a (double)-edged sword. It’s good that the players know when they know, but they haven’t been told anything for the record. As coaches, we’ll meet on it and we’ll keep meeting on it. I have my ideas in my head, which I will keep to myself at this point. But I have a good idea.

On if he wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about the quarterback decision…
Not really, no.

On if he is struggling with the quarterback decision…
Not really, no.

On if he knows who he wants to be the starting quarterback…
I’ll discuss it with my coaches, and I’ll get everybody’s opinion and we’ll come to it together. I can always give them mine, but I like to hear theirs.

On how many roster spots are still undecided…
I think there’s about five or six somewhere, roughly around there.

On how difficult it is to decide whether to stick with a draft pick if they are under-performing over someone that wasn’t drafted…
It’s not as challenging. You draft a guy because you like him, but if someone out performs you, whether it’s a draft pick or a free agent, if you get out performed then you are probably going to lose your spot.

On if a tie between players goes to the one drafted by the organization…
There’s no tie. Somebody has to be better or worse.

On why he brought in a fourth quarterback…
We were thinking about practice squad. We wanted to see if he can learn the system a little bit, so we brought in a guy a week early because we had an extra spot to use.

On if John Wolford will play Thursday…
I will see how much he learns. It would be unfair to him if he didn’t know, but if he can learn a few things he may get in the second half.

On the decision to bring in Charcandrick West…
He was a guy that has some time in this league. He has return ability, and with Eli (McGuire) being down, we have a chance to look at some other runners and make sure we don’t miss anything so we are doing due diligence on him. We are going to give him a look this week.

On if he has a better feel for McGuire’s timetable for return…
I still don’t.

On why he thinks the vast majority of highly drafted rookie quarterbacks start Week One…
I think every team is different. I don’t really look back at the vast majority. I think every team is different. Depending on what they have on the roster, if they can afford to sit him, or if he beats somebody out. Everybody learns differently. You can’t set a timetable on which rookie on which team is going to start when.

On if Sam Darnold hasn’t thrown the ball deep much this preseason because the team hasn’t dialed them up…
They’ve been dialed up. Obviously when teams go too high in cover two and you can’t take them, you have to check it down. He’s taking his reads. Obviously they’ve been dialed up quite a bit, but (there’s) been coverages and defenses where you don’t take that shot. He’s just playing smart football, but we do have them dialed up. We always have them dialed up. It’s just he hasn’t had a chance to take them yet.

On how difficult it will be for the defense to not land with their weight on the quarterback…
That’s going to be tough. We can practice it with bags, but you’re taught to hit the quarterback and not drive him into the ground. I get that part, but now you have to hit and kind of fall to the side and you’re asking a 300-pounder to be a ballerina all the time. It’s going to be kind of tough. It’s give and take. We are trying to do it the right way. We are trying to teach it the right way, but through trial and error. I think that’s going to take some time, but we’re working on it.

On how he addressed the penalty issue from last game to the team…
For certain guys who have recurring roles doing certain things, we work on them individually as well as the team. Team-wise, we work on things from an offense and defensive standpoint. From a false start standpoint, each coach individually, we focused on the things that were getting called more frequently than others, and we’re trying to work on that before opening day.

On how he addressed special teams issues…
Same thing as well, that’s big. We usually don’t have four penalties on special teams, but we had them. One of them was just running down on the kickoff and not having your foot where it needs to be. The holding calls and setting up the block, we practiced those. And keeping your hands inside, we’ll just continue to work on those.

On the other special teams miscues…
We work on the miscues. Guys this is training camp and guys are trying to make the team, so we want to see certain things. We can directional kick and do a lot of things, but we want to see certain guys cover and see who has the wherewithal to do some things to make the team. A lot of things are experimentation and you learn (through) trail by error, but we are giving these guys a chance to play and make the team.

On if Jermaine Kearse’s injury is considered significant…
We’re not sure yet. He’s getting better every day. Right now, I’ll just see how he is next week.

On if Kearse’s injury is week-to-week…
Day-to-day, week-to-week.

On if Lorenzo Mauldin has an uphill battle to make the team…
He has a chance to prove himself in this ball game. He’s been injured, you don’t come back and just play. You have to make sure he’s all the way (cleared), so he’s got to have a couple of days of practice under his belt and he’ll get a chance to play this week.

On what he saw from Jason Myers in the game…
He kicked off fine and I think he made a kick. It’s early, I’d like to get a longer look at him this week just to compare.

On if McGuire will not be ready for the start of the season…
He won’t be ready the first game, but I don’t know where he is as far as him coming along.

On if McGuire is a candidate for the short-term IR…
We have to make sure he’s where he needs to be. I’ll talk to the training staff and see what we want to do.

On how difficult it is to decide which running backs to keep on the roster with an injured back that you don’t know if how long he will be out…
It’s a matter of if he is on the plus side of it or the minus side of it. You kind of gauge it and see where he is and get a better feel. If we can pin down where he is, it’s not that hard to make that decision.

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