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Mason: 'As an offense, we've got to do better'

New York Jets wide receiver Derrick Mason (85)

New York Jets wide receiver Derrick Mason (85) in action against the Oakland Raiders in an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2011) Credit: AP

Derrick Mason had some pointed comments in the aftermath of the Jets' brutal 34-17 loss to the Ravens Sunday night, mentioning the Jets had some serious flaws that needed to be corrected immediately.

"Obviously, there are some things that have to change," Mason said Sunday, standing in front of his locker inside a cramped visitor's locker room at M&T Bank Stadium. "It's evident."

"There's some cracks and don't nobody want to really identify the cracks," he said. "So until we identify the cracks, we will keep on having the same problems. So whenever somebody wants to seal up the cracks, then we'll continue to move forward as an offense. Defense did a hell of a job. But you can't turn the ball over four times, give them three touchdowns off of turnovers and a field goal. That's 24 points.

"You can't do it. Defense played a hell of a game, and you can't put the defense in a position like that. You just can't."

Asked today to elaborate on what he meant by those "cracks" comments, Mason didn't seem overly enthused to delve back into the proverbial can of worms that were opened up. 

"Nothing. Nothing," he said. "We just as an offense, we are going to do better. We just had a game. Every team in the NFL has a game where things don’t go right and that was one of them."

Mason basically thinks Sunday's pummeling was an aberration.   

"It’s not the norm of this team," he said. "We are just getting back to the drawing board and correct things and keep it moving. And that’s what we’ve done. We put that game behind us, knowing we are a better football team than that. We just ran against a very good defense and that made it kind of difficult for us and we turned the ball.

"So you look at it and you move from there. But there were a lot of positives – [Joe] McKnight’s runback, we did some positive things on the offensive side of the ball, moving the ball well. But we kind of offset it with some negatives, too. So we learn from it and we move on."

There is one thing in particular Mason won't be studying any time soon, though: that NFL Films documentary on Bill Belichick in which there was footage of a heated exchange between Mason, who was with the Ravens then, and the Patriots coach.

"I’m not thinking about that," Mason said. "Man, I’ve got to worry about winning a football game. I could care less about the Belichick documentary. We’ve got to win a football game."


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