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Jets Q&A: Players have Todd Bowles' back, say they haven't quit

"I don't think anybody in this locker room has given up on our coach or our coaching staff," linebacker Brandon Copeland said.

Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins pulls in a

Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins pulls in a touchdown on a tackle-eligible in front of Jets linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu.  Photo Credit: Lee S. Weissman/Lee S. Weissman

How did the Jets react to the opinion that they have quit on their season and their coach?

With a lot more fight and resistance than they showed in the game.

No competitive player likes to hear the word “quit,” but the optics from a 41-10 loss to the Bills certainly weren’t good for the Jets or embattled coach Todd Bowles.

“I’m not a quitter,” Jamal Adams said. “I know this room is not going to quit. As long as I’m alive, this building will not quit. I can’t speak for other people. Everybody comes from different backgrounds or have their mentality of what they’re going to do, but it’s not going to happen.”

Adams wasn’t as impassioned as he was after last week’s loss in Miami, when he said “enough is enough.”

But he was upset and continued to support Bowles. Everyone in the locker room did.

“I don’t think anybody in this locker room has given up on our coach or our coaching staff,” linebacker Brandon Copeland said. “They work tirelessly to put us in the best position to make plays. Unfortunately, they’re not out there to tackle for us, deflect passes or get sacks or run the ball.”

Adams added, “T-Bowles is not the problem. I’m going to ride with T-Bowles to the end. It doesn’t matter. I don’t care what the fans say. I’m going to support my coach through thick and thin.” 

How were Matt Barkley and the Bills’ offense able to carve up the Jets?

This was a surprise on so many levels. The Bills have been so bad offensively, but their offensive line came to play and the Jets’ defense didn’t.

The Bills ran for 212 yards — far and away a season high. They Jets never really got any pressure on Barkley, whom the Bills signed on Halloween after he was cleared to play following a knee injury. Despite playing in an NFL game for the first time since 2016, he was sharp, throwing for 232 yards and two touchdowns. He had a passer rating of 117.4.

“I knew I could play in this league,” Barkley said. “I believe I was made to play football, and [this] was just an example of going out there and doing what I need to do.”

Barkley was named the starter Saturday, but the Jets said they were not unprepared. They probably wish they had faced Nathan Peterman, though.  

What happened when tackle Dion Dawkins caught the TD pass from Barkley?

It was a defensive breakdown. The Jets had a bunch of them. The Bills went with a tackle-eligible several times, and when they did it at the 7-yard line, the Jets figured Dawkins was there to block and it would be a running play. The New Jersey native and Temple product was alone in the end zone, though. He caught the pass in front of his family, and Dawkins said his mother was crying.   

Did Bowles ever consider bringing in Davis Webb?

Josh McCown struggled, but Bowles gave a one-word answer on whether he thought about giving Webb a try: “No.”

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