FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jamal Adams said holding a players-only meeting for the Jets’ defense after practice Friday was in the works before the unit gave up 503 yards to the Jaguars.
But that performance had to add a little urgency to the situation.
“It’s just time, man,” Adams said Thursday. “It’s time to do a little bit extra.”
Todd Bowles said the Jets already have been holding those types of meetings. Adams said the different defensive groups have been meeting with their coaches after practice on Fridays. That will continue. When those meetings are over on Friday, Adams said the defense as a whole, players only, will watch film in a room and go over scripted plays to make sure everyone is on the same page.
“I took it a step further and I said that we were going to meet as a defense to get better at communication on Fridays,” Adams said. “That’s nothing against any coaching staff, against coach Bowles. That’s just me stepping up saying we’re going to take on the role of watching a little bit more film together as a defense, as a whole and not just separate groups.”
The Jets will open a three-game homestand Sunday against the Broncos, who have the No. 2 rushing offense in the league, averaging 148.2 yards a game. The Jets are ranked 13th in total defense — 14th in passing and 16th in rushing.
They need to do something to shake things up. The defense melted down two weeks ago in the second half against the Browns. Last Sunday in Jacksonville, the Jets gave up the most yards they have allowed in nearly 10 years. Many players said the breakdowns were because of communication.
“We just need to be better,” Adams said. “I’m taking it upon myself to set everybody up as a defense so we can communicate better and we can be better Sunday.”
Notes & quotes: CB Trumaine Johnson (quadriceps), WR Quincy Enunwa (hip) and DB Darryl Roberts (hamstring) were limited in practice Thursday after suffering injuries. Bowles said it’s too soon to know their availability for Sunday . . . Bowles said special- teams gunner Charone Peake (hamstring) won’t play.