That was a terrific afternoon. It wasn’t easy, and was at times sloppy, but a win is a win, and a win is what the Jets came out with today, 26-20, over the Saints. Here are some quotes from after the game, first coach Rex Ryan on turning two turnovers into ten points:
It was really outstanding. We’ve been waiting all year to create some turnovers. We got two today and had another one called back on a penalty. That was a tough one. We need to find a way to hit the quarterback. We just have to really look at it, and we’ll talk to the officials, too. We have to find a way. Obviously, we need help there, so we need to do that. We had a couple other ones that I felt we had a shot at, which is a great sign for us. We’re going against an outstanding football team in the Saints with Sean Payton and my brother there. That’s a well-coached team and they have a lot of players over there. There’s great effort.
Mo Wilkerson talked about the success the Jets had getting pressure on the quarterback:
We knew he’s a short quarterback and we knew, obviously, he’s an elite quarterback and getting him off his mark would get him rattled. And I think we did that, getting pressure on him, hits, sacks and overthrows and batted balls. Credit to the whole defense (for) being disruptive.
We all saw the fourth down stop that Quinton Coples made on the end-around. He talked about it here:
I trust my brothers (Sheldon) Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson, Snacks (Damon Harrison), and Kenrick Ellis was out there. I wasn’t so much worried about him running up the middle. I was worried about the pitch pass or him pulling it in and throwing the ball down field on a play action. My job is to make sure the pitch pass doesn’t get outside of me and to make sure that I get to the quarterback. I saw him go for the play action reverse and then I just had to make the tackle.
Finally, Geno Smith talked about his touchdown on the ground being a designed run:
It was designed. It was a read play. It was actually Nick’s (Mangold) idea. He saw something on the D-line so he relayed it to Marty (Mornhinweg) and Marty relayed it to me and then (I) had an opportunity to score there right before the half and kind of tried to stretch the play. We did a great job at obviously running it and (I) just cut back, got into the end zone. I think it was one of those plays going into the half that really elevated us because not only did we get points but we gained some momentum.
See you in the morning for Monday Morning Quarterback.