The Seattle Seahawks played their most complete game in last Sundays 40-3 win over the New York Jets. Here is what players and coaches had to say after the game
NEW YORK JETS
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: Sam, that Seattle defense came into the game as the worst passing defense in the NFL. What were they able to do, though, to kind of give you guys so many issues throughout the game?
I don’t know. I’ll know better when we look at the tape, but just from how I felt, I felt like I need to do a better job of getting the ball out of my hands and if something’s not there, finding my check down.
Otis Livingston, WCBS: Sam, you were able to take your first possession, go down the field, get some points, things started looking good right off the top, but then you weren’t able to score, weren’t able to get into the end zone after that. What was the Seattle defense doing to you guys that maybe you don’t have to look at the film but just tell us right now?
Yeah, I mean, they were doing a good job of disrupting our flow. They were doing a really good job of stopping the run game, and then when we needed to pass the ball, we couldn’t do it efficiently enough to win the game.
Neil Best, Newsday: Did Jamal (Adams) say anything to you before, during, or after the game?
Yeah, we exchanged some words during and then after the game, but I’ll keep that between us.
Otis Livingston, WCBS: How disappointing is it to prepare for a game like this, and I’m sure you guys had a pretty good week of practice leading up to this, but then it not translating to the field and end up in a 40-3 loss?
Yeah, I mean, it sucks. So, again, we’ve just got to watch the tape and get better and see what we can do to continue to improve.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: This is not the kind of history you want to be involved in, but it is the 13th straight loss for the Jets, it’s now a franchise record. Just thoughts on just being involved in something like that?
I mean, yeah, we’ve got to be better.
Brian Costello, New York Post: How demoralizing is this to go through?
Yeah, I mean, losing’s not fun, so, we’ve just got to do better and like I said during the week, we’ve just got to find a way to improve and get better and do all the things that we need to do to try to win a game.
Otis Livingston, WCBS: Obviously, you’re an NFL football player, your teammates are in the NFL, the highest level, there’s always an amount of pride that you play with. Is there even more pride going down the stretch not wanting to join the other two teams that have gone winless throughout a season?
No, I think for us, we’re prideful regardless of our situation, so we’re going to go out there and give it our all every single Sunday, every single game that we play. So, our pride and what we play for and how we play, that’s not going to be a question.
Brian Costello, New York Post: Sam, how much does it kill you guys that you’re not capitalizing when the other team does make a mistake. Marcus (Maye) gets the interception, you can’t do anything. There’s a long kick return, (Sergio) Castillo misses the field goal. Just how much is that killing you guys?
Yeah, I mean, we’ve got to capitalize when the opportunities are there. I think that’s kind of the overall, that’s the thing that’s been holding us back all year, just capitalizing when the opportunity’s there for us to take advantage of it.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Do you think the team was affected by any residual effects of how last week’s game ended and the immediate fallout of last week’s game
HEAD COACH ADAM GASE
Just an injury update: the only one that didn’t finish as Saquan Hampton, with an ankle. Everybody else ended up finishing the game. Obviously, we didn’t play nearly good enough, especially early, when we had opportunities. Marcus (Maye) has a hell of a pick, and we do nothing with that. We have a good kick return, and don’t do anything with that. We don’t give ourselves a chance when the opportunities we do have we don’t take advantage of. It got away from us very quickly. When you have a chance against a team like this, you better take advantage of them or this is what the outcome is going to be.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: Can you talk a little bit about Sam’s (Darnold) performance? He only had 132 yards against the league’s worst pass defense.
We had some protection breakdowns. There were a couples of times where he probably could have dropped the ball down, but felt like he could fit it in. We’ll have to go back and look at this and just kind of see the overall detail of what’s going on, whether he needs to make a different decision, if he didn’t have enough time, if we’re not open. We’re taking turns on this one.
Mark Cannizzaro, New York Post: In no way am I suggesting an excuse, but I just wonder how much of an effect last week’s situation had on these guys? Was it just a matter of time before there was a breaking point for these guys?
I would hate to say that’s a reason for anything from today. I feel like we didn’t take advantage of any opportunity we had today. I felt like the guys did a good job of bouncing back to come to practice and do a lot right as far as execution goes, good energy. I thought traveling to the west coast, I thought they handled it the right way, went about things the right way. When a good thing happens, we have to capitalize on them. We can’t have nothing come out of those drives.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: How demoralizing were all of those field goal misses in the second quarter?
I would love to give ourselves a better chance there of scoring a touchdown. I felt like we did have some opportunities that we missed on those. Anytime that you can at least come away with points, it’s a different feel. We needed all of them.
Neil Best, New York Newsday: Did you think the change in defensive coordinator served the defense at all? Things seemed to come very easily for them. Was there any effect on having a new playcaller on the defense?
I don’t think so. I just feel like, when we finally settled down, the offensive side of the ball wasn’t really doing anything. We started going three-and-out. We weren’t getting anything going. Then, everything just got away from us.
Neil Best, New York Newsday: Did you see any indication at all in practice from (Sergio) Castillo that there could be anything going on with him, or is this just kind of a gameday thing?
No. In practice, I feel like things looked good, the operation, the amount of field goals that we’re making in practice. That one is always going to be a hard one for me to explain, when it comes to that position, I’m not an expert or a kicking specialist.
Brian Costello, New York Post: What happened on the two-minute drive before half? You get the long play to (Braxton) Berrios, then you have to burn your last timeout?
I screwed that up. That was on me. I screwed our guys up as far as trying to get too cute on one of the play calls. That was my fault.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: Why did you guys struggle as much as you did stopping the run? That’s something that you’ve been able to be pretty successful at this year, except for today?
I wish I had a good answer for you because it’s hard to tell without watching the film. At least when I am watching the film, I can say we’re misfitting where somebody is not doing the right thing on some of the fronts. There were a couple of times where I saw what front we were in and seeing where they ran the ball, it wasn’t really correlating. I have a feeling I know what happened as far as, a couple of guys were doing some things they probably shouldn’t have been doing. All it takes is one guy to break down on one of those and you’re in trouble.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: I don’t mean to sound like a broken record here, but when you face the team after a game like this and with the way the entire season has gone, what do you tell them?
This group has done a god job of really talking out loud after a finish as far as, “We’re coming back to work. Stick together. Making sure that we are doing the right things day-in and day-out.” Guys like Marcus Maye and Foley (Fatukasi) are always stepping up and saying things after I am done talking and reiterating what I am saying. They can control getting ready for the next one and trying to find a way to win that game.