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New York Jets Transcript – Head Coach Todd Bowles, 9.6

On when Josh Martin got a concussion…

He got it in the Giants game if I’m not mistaken

 

On if Marcus Maye’s injury is new or lingering from his ankle surgery…

This is a foot, this is new.

 

On if he is worried about Maye missing practice time…

We’ll see as it gets closer to Monday.

 

On if Maye’s injury happened in the Giants game…

No, just sore.

 

On when Maye’s injury happened…

It’s been off and on, just something he’s been monitoring.

 

On if he had a message for the team beginning regular season practices…

Not really, we are just game planning. We’re studying and we’re trying to get everything down so we can get on the same page. It’s the first day of the gameplan. We have a couple more days to get it down, so we’re learning that.

 

On what stands out about the Lions…

Good football team, outstanding quarterback, very good skill guys, very big up front on defense, man-to-man corners and Matt Patricia is an excellent coach. I thought he was like that when he was in New England, and (now he) gets to run his own team, (he’s) extremely bright. Coach (Paul) Pasqualoni is there, extremely bright as well and Jim Bob (Cooter) has been successful with Matthew (Stafford) for a long time, so they are very well rounded.

 

On what he likes about Kerryon Johnson…

I thought he was a good football player. Obviously he can run the football. he runs hard, he runs tough, he plays smart football, the kind of guy you like.

 

On what kind of challenge Ezekiel Ansah presents…

Anytime you get a premier pass rusher it’s going to be a problem. He’s long, he’s strong, he’s quick, he’s athletic. Obviously we’ve got our work cut out for us there, but they’ve got more than him just on that defense. They have other guys in (Jarrad) Davis and (Darius) Slay and the guys up front in the middle and (Glover) Quin is a smart safety –they’ve got two good safeties. They’ve got a good football team, like I said, they don’t have a lot of weaknesses at all, if any.

 

On if Ansah is a streaky player with his sacks…

I have not studied his sack production to be honest with you, so I couldn’t tell you.

 

On which side Ansah usually lines up on…

In the preseason he played right, but he can move anywhere. He can go to the best matchup, so we anticipate him moving him.

 

On how much of what he saw in their offensive line last year he takes into account…

Not much, we know they’re good football players. We’re tinkering with our line as well. Everybody tinkers with some in the preseason with some bumps and bruises. We expect them at full tilt. They’re heavy, they’re big, they’re smart they’re tough and we’ve got our work cut out for us.

 

On why does Stafford seem to have played better after the retirement of Calvin Johnson…

I thought he was playing pretty good when Calvin was playing, because he was the one throwing him touchdowns. I didn’t see any drop in his play. I thought he was a great quarterback with Calvin, I think he’s a great quarterback without Calvin. I don’t think he needed Calvin for validation. He does a hell of a job now, and he did a hell of a job then.

 

On if he looks at Stafford as a risk taker…

I look at him as one of the best quarterbacks in the league. There’s not such thing as a risk taker. He takes the throws they give to him, and he can throw on the run, he can throw in the pocket, he’s very accurate and he’s very smart.

 

On how much it is a guessing game when facing a rookie coach in his first game…

It’s not a guessing game from a coaching standpoint. It’s a guessing game from, it’s the first game and you don’t have much film from a preparation standpoint. So, you really have to read your keys and expect the unexpected.

 

On what separates Stafford from some of the other great quarterbacks…

Nothing, it’s really production. He’s produced every year he’s been in the league. It doesn’t separate or not separate him, he has production. He throws a lot of touchdowns, he’s very accurate with the football, he takes care of the football and most of the great ones do.

 

On why rookie quarterbacks have become starters faster in recent years…

From our standpoint it’s not an accelerated growth thing, it’s just a matter of how fast he learns and how fast he comes along. I’m sure every team is different. I can’t speak for the rest of the teams. Some sit them, some play them early depending on the team and the situation. In our case, our guy came in and learned everything and he’s going to play early.

 

On how much confidence he has in his offensive line…

I have very much confidence in our offensive line.

 

On what gives him that confidence…

Just watching them practice.

 

On if he is optimistic that the line is at full health and can be effective…

All five of them are going out there. Again, you’ve got to play games. We’re going to play, they coordinate it, they practice against the first defense a lot. It’s just good to have all of our guys healthy, and they go out there and know each other better because they practice with each other longer. We expect them to play together and we expect them to play well.

 

On if Jason Myers will be the kicker against the Lions…

Yes.

 

On what was his thought process on sticking with Myers…

Well we liked him in the preseason obviously. We brought a lot of guys in in a lot of different positions. This is the time of year you kick the tires around for everybody because injuries happen, and we do our due diligence and make sure we bring guys in at every position.

 

On his impressions of Kenny Golladay…

(He’s a) good football player. That’s about as far as I know. I don’t know him personally, but I know he can play football.

 

On how much time in game planning they spent looking at Patriots film…

Just the basics. You spend some, but you don’t spend all because again, he’s on his own and he’s probably got things that he knows or wanted to try and wanted to do that is a little different from where he’s been. So, you don’t know. You teach your guys as best you can and they read their keys and they try and execute.

 

On if he remembers his first game as a rookie coach…

Once you start coaching, whether it’s defensive backs, defensive coordinator or head coach, you add more guys to your group, but you coach the same way. You try to relay and make sure they know everything they need to know about the game, and you sit back and let them play. It’s nervousness and excitement, but at the same time after the ball kicks off you’re back to your coaching mode and everything is back to normal.

 

On how conscious he was of not showing too much defense in the preseason…

I mean they had film on Arizona, so everybody is going to go back and look at some of those clips as well. You don’t be conscious or not conscious. I was in Arizona for two years, I had two years of film, so they can go back and watch. It’s not like I was going to show them anything they hadn’t seen in the preseason. We’ve played preseason games where we’ve shown a lot. We’ve played some where we’ve shown nothing. It varies team by team, and our team sometimes we want to work on things that we show and sometimes we don’t, so it’s all relative.

 

On if Kacy Rodgers will call the defense again this season…

Yes.

 

On if Kacy Rodgers will call the entire defense…

He’s calling the entire defense right now, yeah.

 

On how much pressure he feels being in his fourth year with the Jets…

Same pressure I felt when I came here. I don’t go into every season feeling any less or any more. It’s the same pressure. You get to the Super Bowl from here that’s all I’m here to do. I’m not here to collect a check, I’m not here to go 8-8. I’m here to try and get to the Super Bowl.

 

On if the season is an all or nothing…

That’s how I coach every year.

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