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New York Jets Transcript – Head Coach Todd Bowles, 9.26

On if Josh Martin is out of the concussion protocol
Not yet.

On if he feels better about Martin and Marcus Maye…
They’re limited. We’ll see what they do later on this week.

On his overall thoughts of Jacksonville…
They’re going to be a tough fight every week. They’ve got talent at every level, on both sides of the football. We’ve played them the last two years, we know it’s going to be a tough ball game. It’s a talented group.

On if their defense is a bigger challenge to Sam Darnold than most…
They’re big every week. I don’t think one is bigger than the other. It’s the biggest one because it’s the one this week, but everybody is going to have talented players.

On if he thinks Darnold has been too reliant on Quincy Enunwa with the amount of receptions he has had…
We try to spread it, but based on the coverages and things that they do, they play out that way sometimes, but it will even out as the year goes on.

On what impresses him most about the Jacksonville pass rush…
They’re talented and they play together. They’re in sync. They understand where each other are going to be, and that’s big for four guys down in front.

On what he thought of the comments that Jamal Adams made about the Jets being unprepared for Baker Mayfield…
He misspoke. He didn’t mean it, and he’s a young player. Part of having a young player as a leader, sometimes he’s going to have growing pains. It’s a teachable moment, he understands that and we talked about it.

On what Adams meant with his comments…
I don’t even want to go into it, but it’s just making excuses. I’m not trying to make excuses.

On if it’s a bad look that one of the star players says that the team wasn’t prepared…
It’s not a bad look. It’s a young player, I know what he meant. Our team knows what he meant, and we moved on from there. It’s not a bad look, it’s part of a young player getting older and dealing with the media. He’s going to have some growing pains, but we’ll work through them and he’ll be fine.

On if any of the four players that didn’t practice today have serious enough injuries that they will be out against the Jaguars…
Too early to tell.

On if this incident with Adams is similar to the one in the offseason regarding his comments about the team’s motivation last season…
He’s still a young player. He’s going to make some mistakes. This won’t be the last one he makes going forward, but he understands where he is and I understand where he is and I’m fine.

On if he was upset when he first heard the comments from Adams…
Not really, no.

On his first reaction to Adams’s comments…
I didn’t have one.

On what makes the Jaguars defense one of the best in the league…
Like I said, they’ve got talent at every level. They’ve got All-Pro corners, they’ve got ball-hawking linebackers, they’ve got run stoppers and pass rushers and they have two levels of them. It’s not like it’s just the first unit, the second unit plays pretty well too. They’re pretty well stocked over there.

On if he tries to attack weaknesses or just sticks to what the offense does best when facing a tough defense like the Jaguars…
Because they’re good doesn’t mean you’re not going to challenge them. We feel like we have good players too, and we’re going to challenge them and do the things we need to do to win the ball game. Understandably, every week you’re going to have to go through good players to try to win the ball game, and that’s what we have to do. You can’t shy away from them. You have to do your job better than they do their job.

On why Chris Herndon hasn’t been more involved through the first three games…
He’s getting more involved. It’s three games, the season goes on. He’s working himself in, and we’re working him in. We’ll get him more involved.

On what makes Jalen Ramsey so good, and how do they use him, do they move him around or put him on the best receiver…
They do both. He can stay on one side or he can move around, but the other ones are good just as well. He’s long, he’s tall, he can play man and zone. He loves to play the game, he has a hunger for it. He’s quick. He has all the tools a great corner has.

On if he would shy away from throwing towards a player like Ramsey…
No, you’ve got to play what they give you, and you believe in your guys as well. They’ll win some of their matchups, he’ll win some, but we’ve got to win our share of them too.

On the report that he is taking back playcalling from Kacy Rodgers in two-minute situations…
100 percent false, completely a lie. If somebody said it, it didn’t come out of my mouth. I have no idea where it came from. I’ve got nothing else to speak on it. I haven’t done any of it, and I don’t know where it came from. It didn’t happen. It hasn’t happened. I’m pretty much a straight shooter, if I’ve got something to say I will probably say it. It will come out of my mouth. It never came out of my mouth, and it never happened. End of discussion, it never happened. It’s not going to happen. If I want to take the playcalling or call something for the offense, I have that prerogative to do as a head coach. I never did any of that.

On if Rodgers will continue to call plays…
He’s doing what he’s been doing.

On the struggle in two-minute situations…
Well the penalties hurt us when we got off the field. Penalties hurt us when got off the field, and we had a defensive breakdown that put them in field goal range and that hurt us. It was that simple.

On how the communication has been during two-minute situation…
Communication has been fine.

On if he had an issue with the call on Trumaine Johnson in the game against Cleveland when he handed the ball to Jarvis Landry…
They are calling a lot of things these days. It was a 15-yarder, we’ve got to move on from it. We’re on to Jacksonville this week, the Cleveland game is distant memory for me.

On if he has to look at plays like that from a teaching perspective…
You teach all the time. You try to teach all the time on things they are calling and not calling. So we make sure we look at not just that, but other plays around the league.

On if he is concerned about the way referees are calling roughing the passer…
You try to do it the right way. Sometimes a tackle is inevitable. When you’re tackling I don’t know how you can slide to the side on a guy in mid-air. You don’t try to drive him in the ground. It’s been tough. Fortunately we haven’t been called for any, and we just have to keep monitoring that and try to do it the right way. I’m not saying other people aren’t doing it the right way, it’s a tough call right now. It’s a tough call.

On if he felt that the players were prepared for Mayfield…
We’ve moved on to Jacksonville. I’m not talking about Cleveland.

On how he thought Josh Wells played at left tackle for Jacksonville last week…
He played well. He moved his feet well, and he’s a good player. Like I said, they’ve got people on every level.

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