Notes Quotes: New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans
At 0-3, the New York Jets were barely a talking point for the NFL for the first three weeks of the season.
In fact, they are one of only two AFC teams that have yet to win a game. The other is the Indianapolis Colts, whom the Tennessee Titans beat in Week 3.
On Sunday in New York, the Titans will look to keep another team out of the winning column when they meet the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Here’s a recap of what Jets players and coaches had to say over the past few days about the Titans and this contest, via NewYorkJets.com:
• Wide receiver Corey Davis, against his former team: “It’s a big week for us and that’s really all I’m focusing on. I’m not focused on being there, being there, anything. It’s a big week for us so we have to run business.
• Linebacker CJ Mosley, on quarterback Ryan Tannehill: “We have to do a great job of defining our edges and filling in our gaps and being great tackles, especially not letting the ball reach second level and not letting the explosives go and keeping (QB Ryan) Tannehill contained. When he doesn’t have his reading, he tries to run the ball.
• Coach Robert Saleh, on Ryan Tannehill: “He’s a quarterback. He plays the quarterback. And when I say that, I mean he’s playing the game and handling it the way he should. He will take pictures when he needs them. He goes in and takes the ball out of his hands. He’s very, very smart with football. He can run. He was in the top 10 picks, and with that attack he really found a niche and found his way. He’s everything I think people were thinking when he was drafted in the first round. ”
• Defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich, on the Tennessee offense: “It comes down to being able to handle Derrick Henry. As a runner he’s a problem. Then once he starts, their playing action becomes a problem, and they don’t even get to third place. start by stopping the race. “
• Mosley, on the Tennessee offensive: “A great running team who also love to throw the ball out of their game. If we can get them second, third and long it will definitely be in our favor. Do our best to keep Big Henry contained, then chase the quarterback when we can. “
• Saleh, on the Tennessee offense: I think every time you play a superstar or someone of his caliber it’s an exciting challenge. … But it’s no different than playing the Denver racing game, which is damn good. We must rise to the challenge. We need to bring our helmets and get ready to stop the race, set the line of scrimmage, set the wall, and then deal with their playing pass and their starting game, which is one of the best in football. There’s a lot of other stuff that (Henry) presents this offense, but obviously (Henry) is the focal point and he’s the one who makes it all work.
• Special teams coordinator Brant Boyer, on Johnny Townsend replacing Brett Kern as punter: “He’s hitting a different ball than Kern’s. But I still think he’s a very efficient guy, he has a big leg. Sure, if he’s in there, then there are tweaks and tweaks to be made. … Kern is in my opinion one of the best in the league. “
• Saleh, on the Titans racing game: They have great conviction in the management of football. Looks like it’s simple but it actually gives a lot of trouble for a defense.
• Mosley, on the stiff arm of Derrick Henry: “We all know the stiff arm is coming, so our guys on the rim, our DBs, when and if he breaks on the sideline, breaks on the pitch, running everyone around to the ball and trying to tackle as a group. . That’s what it’s all about in defense, everyone is running for the ball. “
• Saleh, on Derrick Henry: “Have you ever seen him in person?” Already? Wait until you see this one. He’s a massive human being. … When this man rolls around, he comes in all sizes and sizes. He looks like an offensive lineman carrying the soccer ball. It is a burden. He deserves all the accolades he has received.