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Jets Q&A: Kacy Rodgers was at the game as 'casual observer'

The Jets defense celebrates after an interception by

The Jets defense celebrates after an interception by cornerback Morris Claiborne during the first half of a game against the Colts on Sunday. Credit: Lee S. Weissman/Lee S. Weissman

Was Kacy Rodgers at the game and what was his role?

The Jets’ ailing defensive coordinator was inside MetLife Stadium and served as “a casual observer,” according to coach Todd Bowles. But Rodgers was much more than that.

Rodgers, who has a serious illness that has prevented him from coaching the last two games, served as an inspirational leader for the second straight week. He didn’t attend last week’s game, but on Sunday, he was on the field while the players were stretching and walked around the locker room talking to them individually before the game. When it began, he watched from a box upstairs.

“It was great to see him, just to see him walking,” Morris Claiborne said. “That’s a blessing. He came in. You could feel the positive vibes that came in with him. I just tried to feed off of it and take it on the field with me.”

Said Jamal Adams, “It was outstanding. Like having a brother back in the building, a part of the family. For him to come in here and smile and be around his guys and be around the game of football, there was nothing like it.”

Bowles said Rodgers will get the results back from his tests this week.   

How serious are the injuries to Quincy Enunwa and Marcus Maye?

The Jets don’t reveal much about injuries, but both have to undergo further tests. Enunwa suffered an ankle injury and Maye has a hand injury. Terrelle Pryor also suffered a groin injury. Bowles said Maye has to get X-rays.   

Why was Claiborne so confident that he was going to get an interception?

The cornerback said he knew he would get a pick, and it wound up being the first pick-6 of his career. A lot happened before Claiborne got it, though. The ball was deflected twice, first by Colts running back Marlon Mack and then by Adams. Claiborne was right there to catch it and took it 17 yards for the score.

“I touched the ball so much last week. It was like somehow I’m touching it in the game,” Claiborne said. “In practice, it was coming to me. I walked around all week with a football in my hands. I got it in my locker. I’m going to walk around next week with it, too. There was a real emphasis on me catching the football. I knew it was going to be coming. I knew [Andrew] Luck was going to throw the football.”  

Why was Adams so hard on himself after the game?

The second-year safety, one of the Jets’ captains, said several times he played poorly. However, he applied the pressure that led to Claiborne’s interception, forced a fumble that the Jets converted into a touchdown and finished with four tackles.

Adams said Luck was throwing at him and that there were other plays he didn’t make.

“I’m hard on myself,” he said. “There were two outstanding throws. I was in great position. I turned my head. I just didn’t make a play on the ball. My standard is very high. I don’t like to get caught on. I like to do more things with making plays and being better with my eyes. Hey, I [stunk], but we came out victorious, so I still smile.”

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