Quinton Coples: Jets' focus is on Bengals, not Patriots

Quinton Coples speaks to the media at the

Quinton Coples speaks to the media at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (May 16, 2013) Photo Credit: Mike Stobe

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MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. - Bill Belichick might still be talking about the Jets. But the Jets aren't talking anymore about Sunday's overtime win over the Patriots or the pushing penalty controversy that just won't go away.

"We won the game," linebacker Quinton Coples said Tuesday. "We're moving forward. We're moving on to Cincinnati."

The Jets (4-3) were so pumped up to face and then beat the Patriots that visiting the 5-2 Bengals this Sunday might seem like an afterthought.

But Coples and other players who were on hand Tuesday to help break ground for a new playground said the celebration ended soon after Nick Folk's 42-yard field goal beat New England.

Well, maybe not right away.

"After the game, it's great," Coples said. "Celebration. Monday, we go back in and it's about beating Cincinnati. You celebrate, you're happy that you won against New England on Sunday. But the next game is this week."

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The Jets enter the week tied with San Diego for the second wild-card spot in the AFC. That's impressive for a team that was ranked 32nd -- that's dead last -- in one preseason poll.

"Every year we go in with the same goals, which is to win the AFC East and make it to the Super Bowl, as far as the two years I've been here," Coples said. "Regardless of any power rankings or anything outside that says we're not as good as we are, we feel that we're the best team and we've got to continue to play like it. At the end of the day, whether we get recognized or as far as being the best team, that doesn't matter. We just want to mention that we go out there, trust our coaches, do what they ask, trust the game plan and move forward and win ballgames. That's what it's all about."

Coples and rookies Geno Smith and Dee Milliner were the biggest names helping out at Central Park of Morris County. Smith, who outplayed Tom Brady on Sunday, got the biggest ovation from the small crowd. The Jets have their training facility in nearby Florham Park.

"The fans here, people around the community, even in my own neighborhood, they're all great," Smith said. "We all interact and they know who I am. Very nice community. A place that I just love living."

Of course, a quarterback is only as popular as his last game, and Smith has had the usual ups and downs of a rookie. But everything was sunny Tuesday in more ways than one: Skies that had been cloudy suddenly brightened just before the Jets' team bus pulled up at the park.

Even though Belichick brought the gloom and doom in New England -- accusing the Jets of running the same pushing play that drew a game-changing penalty in overtime -- the Jets were looking forward, not back.

"Just focus on what counts, which is winning," Smith said.

Said Coples: "One week at a time, one mission at a time. Beat Cincinnati and then go forth from there."

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