What the Jets Said After Their Thursday Night Football Loss


Head Coach Adam Gase

(on Lamar Jackson being able to hit open receivers)

"We knew we had to play a tough offense tonight and that we had to commit to the run. We struggled early, and this is a really tough offense to play." 

(on the frustration of moving the ball but not making the big play)

"We knew coming into this game how we had to play offensively. We created time of possession, and we did a good job of ball security, and we had some opportunities to score touchdowns. But we did not do it. We did not finish the job. That one drive where we threw the interception near the end of the half, that was a tough one." 

(on Sam Darnold's interception)

"I think he was just waiting for someone to come to the window. The route was right. His [Darnold] vision was kind of messed up, because there was a lot of crossing going on."

(on why linebacker Neville Hewitt was covering Marquise Brown on the long pass interference)

"Zone coverage. It happens occasionally. We played like the Tampa 2. We were in the zone, and we had to carry one or two routes, and that is how he ended up on Brown." 

(on if he thought the defense was on its heels because of Jackson's speed)

"I think we were just trying to figure out what was going on. Sometimes against this group, you do not want to commit, because you are unsure. They run their offense well, but you have to pull the trigger and make a decision in real time, and it is not easy." 

QB Sam Darnold

(on the play sequence at the end of the first half)

"Really bad decision by me. You know, it sucks against any team in the NFL, especially against these guys... Especially with the way they're playing and especially the way we're playing. We were moving the ball really well. Our offensive line played really well today. I just wished I could've played better. That decision at the end of the first half wasn't good. We just want to get points in that scenario."

(on playing against the Ravens after winning four of the last five games)

"We had a really good plan going into it. On a few plays, we didn't execute the plays how I was supposed to. So, you know, again, I just wish I had a few plays back."

RB Le'Veon Bell

(on the Ravens defense)

"It was nothing that we weren't prepared for. They ran their normal things. We know on third downs, I was probably going to be matched up one-on-one a lot. They had a guy on me."

(on the offense not being able to score touchdowns)

"Anytime you move the ball, and you can't put the ball in the end zone, it gets a little frustrating. There were points that we missed out on, but you have to take the good with the bad. We didn't play nearly a perfect game. You've got to credit the Ravens. Those guys played better than us today, and that's why they got the W. I don't think we had to play perfect, but we needed to play better than we did today. I think the biggest difference was they had two take-aways, and we got the punt block. But that was at the end. At that point, it's kind of like over."

WR Jamison Crowder

(on scoring a touchdown right after he dropped a touchdown pass)

"Shoot, it's just the next play. That's my mindset. You just keep playing. It's by far the easiest touchdown I've ever dropped, so I'm grateful that I could come back and make that play."

LB Tarrell Basham

(on Jackson's play)

"He is probably one of the best skill players on the team. And being at the quarterback position, the ball is always in his hands. He has a lot of opportunities to make plays." 

(on sacking Jackson)

"We were trying to cage him in all day, trying to keep him in the pocket and keep him from scrambling out. I saw an opportunity to make an inside move. He had his back turned to me, and I was able to get him. We tried to keep eyes on him all night and not react too quick to his moves." 

(on blocking Sam Koch's punt)

"Our special teams coordinator [Bryant Boyer] put together a great game plan for this snapper [Morgan Cox]. He [Boyer] knew we could get after him [Cox]. He [Boyer] aligned me on him [Cox] and let me rush him and beat him however I could. I was able to just run him over, and then dive for the block." 

LB Jordan Jenkins

(on facing Jackson)

"He is definitely the real deal. Granted, we could have played a lot better on defense. You have to give credit where credit is due. We had the game plan for when we could stop the run. We tried to cage rush him a little bit, but he was just as deadly in the pocket. Once we were behind, it was sort of hard to change it up. If you rush too high, he is going to gas you like he did for about 30 or 40 yards before the half." 

LB B.J. Bello

(on the Jets' defense)

"Hats off to the Ravens. They are a very good ball team. Their offense is electric. We are not happy with the outcome. We felt like we could have done better. We hold our defense to a high standard, especially stopping the run. We are definitely not satisfied with the way things went." 

LB James Burgess

(on Jackson)

"The guy is a freak of nature. One of a kind."

(on whether Jackson is faster than on tape)

"Definitely. A guy like that is hard to prepare for. He showed why he is the MVP right now. He had a great game. We tried to game plan it, but when you have a guy like that who is in the zone right now, and their offense is hot right now, we did not do enough to win." 

(on whether the Jets used a spy on Jackson)

"Yeah, a couple times. He did not run when we spied him. He did a good job of reading coverages and making throws when he was supposed to. We did not spy him when he had that long run. You just have to tip your hat to a guy like that." 

OL Alex Lewis

(on being an ex-Raven playing at M&T Bank Stadium)

"It's always fun to come back to your ex-girlfriend, but we just need to go out there and compete more and get it corrected. The crowd was awesome. Baltimore fans are great. They're loyal and outstanding fans. Hats off to them. But now I've got to move on and get ready for next week."

S Marcus Maye

(on Jackson)

"He still got outside of the pocket. He still extended plays. I don't think we did a good enough job of keeping him in the pocket, so it's just something we need to correct. We knew he had the ability to do that. But you have to find a way to make that happen. He's different. He's not like the rest of them. He has the ability to run around and make plays. There's probably only a handful of guys who can do it the way he does it."

(on whether Jackson is a legit MVP candidate)

"Yeah. Everybody is watching the game. Everybody's watching the film, and it is what it is."

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