Q-and-A with Chan Gailey Dan Leberfeld
Q)What did you think of your team’s performance against the Jets?
Gailey: Offensively, it was an awful performance. We couldn’t protect the pass and we couldn’t run it. We never had any kind of consistency at all. When you turn it over that many times, your defense has no chance. We put our defense in a bind the whole day. You can’t be sloppy like that, play the way that we did, expect to win a football game.
Q)What about the run defense?
Gailey: We did not make (the Jets) work for anything. They could run (the ball) and not worry about it. That mindset gives you a whole different outlook.
Q)What are your thoughts on finishing the season with two bad losses?
Gailey: It hurts. It does. It’s not the way you want to finish. You play two division opponents and you want to see if you can make progress and we did not make progress. At the end of the year, when we get to all the evaluations, maybe we have further to go than I thought we did.
Q)Why did the blitzes give you guys so much trouble?
Gailey: I think the speed of the game, because [Brian Brohm] hadn’t played, got him a little bit. Things come a lot faster in the game. You have to drift, avoid, and understand those little things that go into making some of those plays. We take them for granted when Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is in there because he does that. He knows the speed of the game. I think it would have been different if Brian had a lot more experience. He would have been able to handle some of that stuff a little bit better, but he knew what he was doing. It wasn’t like he didn’t know what he was doing.
Q)How come you guys got stripped so much?
Gailey: We made it too easy for them by keeping the ball hanging out there. We have to get better at the fundamentals. Stevie (Johnson) is the one that carries the ball out there the widest. He’ll never be a great receiver if he can’t hang on to the ball once he gets it and goes down field. I told him that.
Q)What happened on the long touchdown to Braylon Edwards?
Gailey: He got in between us and we had him doubled. We were running the safety over the top and had a guy underneath. They made the play and we didn’t. We should have and we didn’t.