When you’re as sorry as the Jets, every coach should be Ted Lasso.
A swirling cast of happy, deluded faces elicited a sarcastic rallying cry from the downtrodden Gang Green fans:
Robert Saleh is known to have used the receiver line Denzel Mims before tying him to the bench in September. (Saleh seems to enjoy the story of Mims, saying that he “spent the third week in a row of deliberate practice” before giving him ten slaps against the Titans.)
His predecessor, Adam Gays, said this so often that he had to defend his methods against criticism from a veteran who was traded from the winning team. “We’ve had a few slow workouts,” said Safety Bradley McDougald last September. “It relates to the game.”
On the Gaza side, he replied, “I felt we had a really good pace for training.” The Jets started 0-13, with Gus stepping up his defense against how good his players were for the week after each defeat.
Todd Bowles liked that line too. Even after eight assists (including six interceptions by Ryan Fitzpatrick), there was a massive defeat to the Chiefs in 2016, which Bowles himself called “a wacky game plan.” 3rd shooting. Sh-S all around, – he tried to clarify:
But “great week of practice.”
Even self-styled shooter Rex Ryan would say that. The earliest example of a phrase I could find on the Daily News website occurred last year when the Jets made the playoffs in the 2010 season. Ryan lamented his team’s “great training week” after the 45-3 defeat to the Patriots. (Years later, he would call it “the best practice week we’ve ever had.”)
So Saleh kissed his team 2-7 ahead of Sunday’s 3-7 Dolphins match. Asked Friday what the practice was after Joe Flacco’s surprise promotion to QB base, he said they were excellent.
“I feel like their heads are in a good place,” he said. “They speak the correct language and the energy is really good in the building.
“Our group, they are persistent. These players, knock on wood, I’m lucky to have been around some really cool teams and this group is made up of the right stuff. They can appear on the Wednesday after the loss and get rid of it, ”he said about the most important characteristic of Jet.
He even praised Flacco, an amazing (and unvaccinated) starter culture. “Joe is locked up, he is a professional, he was there, he did it, and I think I can speak for him, he is very happy to go out and show it,” Saleh said.
Tribute to Drew Gibbs, LOVE UPDATE OF ZAK WILSON AND A.J. BROWN TO ELIJA MOORE
Saleh donned a Ramapo High School jersey to a press conference commemorating the sudden death of football coach Drew Gibbs, who has led the Bergen County powerhouse for the past two decades. “Our condolences to his family, players, school,” Saleh said on Friday. “He has been a staple player in Jersey football for a very long time and it is just a sad moment in coaching and it puts a lot of things into perspective.”
Gibbs, 59, passed out in training earlier this week and died Tuesday from complications from heart surgery, according to a Bergen County report.
Four players were identified in Friday’s injury report: Zach Wilson (questionable knee), defender Nathan Shepherd (questionable knee) and defender Aliya Vera-Tucker (questionable toe), and defender Shack Lawson, who didn’t train for “rest.”
Saleh said Wilson was “recovering” and the team “were just trying to keep an eye on him and make sure he returned to health and confidence.”
Recipient Denzel Mims, still suffering from COVID, once tested negative and Saleh said its availability for Sunday was “still in question … .. hopefully we can get it back next week.”
Gov. Katie Hochul, a Buffalo native, denounced the Jets on Thursday for the cheap heat. “I was at the Bills-Jets last week,” she said. according to city and state… “I know the Jets know a lot about infrastructure because they were in the midst of a 50-year rebuilding project.”
In an emotional press conference on Thursday, Titans receiver AJ Brown said he was thinking about suicide last year and that Jets receiver Elijah Moore stopped him. “God told him everything there was to say to me that night,” Moore wrote last week about the friend who saved his life. On Thursday, he said the friend was Moore, his teammate at Ole Miss. “I love him like my brother,” Brown said. “He is a special person. I appreciate him every day. ”
Moore is a rookie and was two years behind Brown in Ole Miss. Saleh praised Moore on Friday, saying, “Elijah is just an old soul, he is definitely a dude.”