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New York Jets Transcript – Head Coach Todd Bowles, 9.12

On if Marcus Maye’s injury will linger throughout the season…

We will see, again, I don’t know it’s too early to tell, but he’s working.

 

On how serious Neville Hewitt injury is…

He missed practice today, I’ll see how he feels tonight.

 

On with Jermaine Kearse practicing fully today does that mean he will play on Sunday…

No, we’re going to evaluate him during the week, see how he does. He got to get his wind up and we have to see if there is any after effects. We’re just keep monitoring him and see how he does.  

 

On how far along is Josh Martin with the concussion protocol…

Yeah, he hasn’t been cleared yet. 

 

On what stands out to him early about the Dolphins…

Obviously their ground game is an outstanding offense with (Kenyan) Drake and (Frank) Gore, (Ryan) Tannehill has great command of the offense they’ve got receiver running down field, they’ve got fast ones, they’ve got quick ones so that will be a problem as well with a big offensive line. Defensively, they got the two edge rusher that come off the ball well and play great man to man corners, safeties hit hard and their linebackers are extremely fast.

 

On do you tell your young team not to get too high after a big win…

Well it was only the first game. They enjoyed the flight home, after that we’re on too Miami. We’re on to Miami, they’re all short-lived win, lose or draw you move on to the next game and that’s what we have done. 

 

On do you talk to them at all about that…

Always, that’s always a part of it. 

 

On when you have to make a decision on Kevin Pierre-Louis…

We’ve made one, we’ve waived Ben Braden and we’ve got Pierre-Louis.

 

On Pierre-Louis’ role…

Well we’re going to get him into shape first because he hasn’t practice much, because he’s been hurt. We just got to get him in shape and get him used to the defense again and we’ll go from there, seeing how he adapts to everything.

 

Which inside linebacker position he can play…

He plays both.

 

On how Sam Darnold has reacted to all the excitement…

He’s from California he sees it every day, he’s good. 

 

On what Leonard Williams playing inside linebacker gives you moving forward…

It’s something in the game plan that we saw to try to get him to do something and then do something else, that was all just smoke and mirror type of thing.

 

On is this similar to what you did with Sheldon Richardson a couple of years ago…

No, that’s completely different.

 

On if he sees Darnold as low key…

He’s 21, I don’t know a 21-kid down to earth. But from a football standpoint he is, off the field he is still 21 years old, but he handles everything the right way which is good. 

 

On his thoughts on Gore…

I think he’s had an outstanding career. Credit to him for keeping himself in shape and injury free the whole time. It’s rare these days that a running back is durable throughout the course of his career and he’s been one of those guys to do it and he’s on the verge of doing something great. 

 

On Gore being injured a lot early during his college career and now he been durable…

Yeah, he’s taking care of himself and he’s rock solid and he does a heck of a job taking care of himself, he’s very sharp, he’s very tough and he’s a very heady football player.

 

On how much he appreciates Christopher Johnson’s approach as an owner…

I like it, believe me I’ve worked for Jerry (Jones) too and Jerry was great to me, I have nothing bad to say to there what so ever but Chris has been great as well as Woody (Johnson) when he was here. You appreciate guys, they are always ears to listen to and you always tell them what you’re thinking and go from there. 

 

On is there any difference looking at Adam Gase Offense with Tannerhill in the lineup…

I think their different guys, I think (Jay) Cutler and Tannerhill are different guys but you try to look at the scheme, you don’t really look at the player per say, so schematically their tweak some things every year just like we have. We just have to be ready for whatever.

 

On did you have a talk with Parry Nickerson after his penalty the other night…

I’ve talked with a lot of people after penalties, yes.

 

On if having a young quarterback changes the tone of an organization…

It’s early, it’s not just Sam I got to worry about 52 other guys as well. The totality of the team not just the quarterback, I have to feel the chemistry between each guy is very important, so I wouldn’t put that solely on the quarterback.

 

On whether he feels he has a franchise quarterback in Darnold…

We won one game, I can tell you after about 100 more of them whether we have one or not, right now it’s a little early. 

On generally how long it takes for you to know if a guy can play quarterback…

Obviously, (we’re) starting him, he can play the position. He’s got to go through some things like he will every week, every week will be different for him just like everybody else on the team that’s young. You grow with the position, he’s not green he’s very sharp, he handles himself very well and I trust him to make adjustments as he goes.

 

On how long it would take before you would say that Darnold is good…

It’s going to take more than a game to say that he’s really good. It’s going to take more than a game.

 

On when they realized that Tony Romo, could be a long-term starter in Dallas…

In the NFL you’re an injury away from being out he league. You like the players and you love the players and you want them to be healthy. Romo was a heck of a player and he had a lot of good players around him as well. Sam has a lot of people around him as well. It’s one been one game to sit here and say whether he’s great, whether he’s trash or whether anything else is kind of way too early for that. He’s played one game, he’s got a lot of years to go and he’ll build it as he goes.

 

On what kind of attributes do you kind of look for in a quarterback…

Same thing I’m looking for in every position: toughness, intelligence, instinct, awareness, obviously talent (comes) into it, how they carry themselves. It’s not just the quarterback position, I look for that at every position.

 

On what do you except the atmosphere to be like on Sunday…

Hopefully good, you know, we want to play well. We want to get our crowd behind us and go from there and make it loud for them to play.

 

On how you would evaluate the surrounding pieces around the quarterback…

Well they did a good job Monday. I like the players that we have and the chemistry is coming together. We just got to keep our head down and keep working but I like where we’re at. 

 

On what kind of mismatches does Quincy Enunwa give the offense…

I don’t know if it’s a mismatch, he’s very versatile and he allows us to do a lot of things and put him in places to try and create certain things as well, having him back always helps. 

 

On if Enunwa better than what he was in 2016…

He was coming into his own then, he was a younger player, just having sat out for a year I think it has helped him mentally and he understands what his body can do and he is taking care of his body well, so hopefully that continues. 

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