Head Coach Ben McAdoo
Postgame vs Jets, August 26, 2017
Opening Remarks: I thought the first half, the first group on both sides came out with the right mindset in the third preseason game. It was nice to see the defense put up the points that they put up in the ball game early. I thought we hung in there, we got a little short on numbers in the second half, and we hung in there - guys kept battling and we found a way to stop them on the two-point. We did a nice job with our hands team there at the end.
Q: How do you think Brett Jones did after he came in for John Jerry?
A: I’m going to have to go back and look at the tape.
Q: What went into that decision?
A: We had a few guys we rotated in there with the first group on the offensive line. I thought we moved the ball. We started a little bit slow, but I thought we moved the ball, and we ended up running it fairly decent there, which was encouraging to see against a very physical front.
Q: Was [Brett Jones] coming in on the second drive a result of the first drive?
Q: So, you planned it ahead of time?
Q: The same with T Chad Wheeler coming in for Ereck Flowers?
Q: Why did you want to do that today?
A: To see them against good competition.
Q: CB Donte Deayon moved from the outside to the inside; is that a place where you could see him playing?
A: Ideally, he’s an inside player, but you have to have flexibility to help out on the outside.
Q: What would you say is your quick reaction to WR Travis Rudolph’s performance tonight?
A: I thought he did some good things – he was productive. I thought there were some contested balls that he should’ve came down with, but he made the most of his opportunity; he had a chance to shine, and he took advantage of it.
Q: How important is it to see from your offense, being able to run the ball effectively?
A: Again, we came out to evaluate to see if we could run the ball a little bit against a good front. We had our ups and downs with it, but we’ll take a look at the tape.
Q: Do you have any updates on WR Odell Beckham Jr. or WR Brandon Marshall?
A: Yeah, they got some treatment today and we’ll see how they do.
Q: Was Odell at the game or did you want him off his feet?
A: We thought it was best for Odell to get treatment and not be standing out there.
Q: Was he getting cell treatment?
A: No, he was here today.
Q: Did he go get cell treatment at any point?
A: I don’t know what cell treatment is, and I don’t know where you go to get it. Other than that, better look somewhere else for that answer.
Q: Talk about the confidence that S Landon Collins seems to be playing with.
A: Landon is a confident player - he’s a young player, he flies around. The guys, they feed off of each other on the defensive side of the ball, it’s not just one player. It’s a bunch of different guys, and you saw a little bit of that today.
Q: Do you have any concern about CB Eli Apple’s ankle?
A: I think he did his other ankle today, so I have concerns about both ankles.
Q: What did you think about K Mike Nugent today?
A: He kicked the heck out of the football today. He made a nice long one there for us on the 36-yard line – that’s big for us. Both kickers did a nice job today.
Q: Do you feel like you got a monkey off your back finally scoring a touchdown, even if it was on defense?
Q: Is Brett Jones potentially in the running to take G John Jerry’s job?
A: We’re going to go back, we’re going to look at the film, and when we get to the first regular season game, we’re going to put the best group out there that we feel can help us win.
Q: How bad is CB Eli Apple’s ankle?
A: I’m not sure, I’ll have to go talk to the trainers and the doctors about it.
Q: What does Brett Jones give to your offense?
A: He can play either guard, so he has some flexibility. He’s a smart guy with some versatility.
Q: Was there a free safety rotation that was different from the other starters?
A: Again, we’re just taking a look at different guys who’ve performed well and deserve an opportunity to get in there and compete for a job.
Q: Some of your decisions were based on the Jets’ defensive line. Would you consider them a good test?
A: Very good, yes. They’re very good on the defensive front, not just the defensive line. Their linebackers are very good. They’re a stout front; they have young safeties that run and fly around, and this was a tremendous challenge for our offensive front - our run blocking unit and our pass protection unit.
Q: Does gaining more traction in the running game give you more confidence?
A: It’s better than less traction.
Q: But coming in, does that bolster it?
A: It’s better than less, yes. I felt we got one percent better there.