LB Preston Brown
Q: You see where the Jets are after that game, it looked like you guys were the ones trending forward, now they are. As we approach the end of the season, do you find yourself looking back saying, “Where did this go wrong? What if?” Anything like that?
A: I mean, definitely look back and see some games we thought we could’ve had or it could be us, but it’s not. You can’t live in the past so we got to go out there and just try to get a win, go into the offseason feeling good about ourselves and know we can go out and beat a team twice.
Q: How much does spoiling their season motivate you guys?
A: I mean it would be cool. I’m not going to sit here and say we want them to go to the playoffs, we don’t. We’re going to go out there and play as hard as we possibly can so we’ll go out there, give it our best effort and see what happens.
Q: Rex talked about regretting some of the things he said today, maybe he should have handled it differently. Obviously you guys aren’t the talkers that he is but coming into next year, does there need to be a different attitude about how you go to work, how you approach the season and how you feel about this team going into 2016?
A: Definitely. I mean I’m pretty sure it won’t be any guarantees or anything like that, like we did this year or saying we’re going to be the No. 1 defense. We’re going to go out there and play. I mean we had way too much talk. I mean we had a lot of things that we just didn’t handle so going into the offseason, we just got to find ways to get the job done the right way.
G Richie Incognito
Q: To beat the Jets, knock them out of the playoffs, what would that mean?
A: Yeah, it’s great. It gives it a little extra meaning, we’re out of it right now and you kind of look for anything that can motivate you at this point of the season and that’s a huge motivating factor. They’re a division rival, they’re a very good team, they’re playing very well, and it’d be great to beat them out.
Q: Rex said today he regrets maybe some of the things he said over the course of the season, like predicting the playoffs and whatnot. Do you like having a coach like Rex who’s so open about everything?
A: I do, I like it. I feel it’s kind of a breath of fresh air from what I’m used to. Just being open and honest and saying what he speaks. You guys in the media have the easy job, you sit back and you can pick it apart nine different ways. We go out and we lay it on the line so I love that he says we’re going to the playoffs and our goal is to win a Super Bowl here. We obviously came up short of our goal this year but we’re working toward that.
Q: You’ve said this game is like a playoff game, Boobie (Dixon) said it’s like the Super Bowl. What’s the mood been around this team?
A: The mood’s been the same, it’s been consistent. We’re a hardworking group and I think everyone showed up and put a hard day’s work in today.
Q: Richie, this is potentially your last game as a Buffalo Bill. Your thoughts on entering that and how you’re approaching this offseason?
A: All I’m focusing on is playing the Jets, beating the Jets, and then we’ll approach the offseason when it comes.
Q: Ideally, I mean age is just a number, but a lot of times teams will look at that. Ideally, how much longer do you want to keep going?
A: Like I said, I take it one day at a time, one game at a time.
CB Leodis McKelvin
Q: Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is not shy about going to these two guys, (Eric) Decker and (Brandon) Marshall, I think they got 24 or 25 touchdowns between them. What’s the mindset when you know you’re going to be a busy guy on Sunday?
A: Make plays. That’s all you got to do is make plays when they come your way. I mean we know those guys, we’ve played against them before. We played against these guys when they were the only receivers on their team, especially last year we played against Decker when he was by himself, we played against Marshall when he was paired with someone else. I mean you just got to go out there and play ball. Those guys got to out there and get after Fitzpatrick and we got to go out there and contain those guys on the outside. Those guys are scoring and we got to make sure we got to keep those guys from scoring again and getting 100 yard games.
Q: What does Fitz bring to the table do you think at this stage of his career? He talks about being a better quarterback now than he was when he was in Buffalo.
A: He’s got more options. He’s got more players to throw the ball to instead of Stevie Johnson. I mean when he was here, he had Stevie Johnson and he had Scott Chandler and other than that, besides those two guys, who else is he going to throw the ball to? Right now, he’s got guys making plays for him and not only 87 (Decker) and 15 (Marshall) making plays, but he’s got the tight end that wasn’t there the first time making plays and (Kenbrell) Thompkins, who was with the Patriots, making plays for him whenever he throws the ball to him. But Fitz is Fitz. Fitz gets the ball out of his hand and just throwing to his receivers and they’re making plays for him.
QB Tyrod Taylor
Q: What can you see from the Jets red zone defense?
A: They play together as a team. Definitely a bunch of talented guys on that defense and they’ve presented problems to teams in the red zone, just as well as everywhere else on the field too. So it’s definitely gonna be a challenge for us but it comes down to our execution. Me going to the right places with the ball and us going out there and making plays, which I believe we could do.
Q: Has their defensive approach changed much at all since the first meeting?
A: They changed a couple things but not a whole bunch. Of course you’ve still got to continue to watch film and get tendencies out. Try to get a couple tendencies from them. But they’ve been successful with the things they’ve been doing and they’re gonna continue to keep playing the way they’re playing.
Q: I saw you on the injury report today. How limited were you?
A: Took every rep.
Q: So no fear you won’t start on Sunday?
A: No doubt at all.
Q: In your opinion, is 14 carries a bit much for a quarterback? Not even just yourself but any team or quarterback?
A: Whatever it takes to win, I’m on board for. Like you said some of them were designed runs, some of them were me going out there and making a play. So you can’t really put a number on how many runs you need to win because we’ve won when I haven’t run the ball, and we’ve also won just like last week when it was 14 rushes. So whatever it takes, it’s kind of a week by week. But physically I’m prepared to do whatever it takes.
Q: Rex Ryan mentioned 14 was a bit much and that you probably have to learn to be careful. Do you think that you could probably sacrifice two yards and slide? What’s your opinion of that?
A: Just more the feeling of the game. Of course you want to be smart whenever you get a chance to take off and run. Protect your body. But sometimes you have to get the first down. So it it’s a matter of me getting a first down then I’m gonna try to get that. I’m not gonna shy away from it but there’s definitely opportunities where I can get down. Like you said, save a yard or two.
Q: Do you feel you won’t be the same quarterback if you don’t have that element?
A: No. Just a couple weeks ago y’all was saying I didn’t run enough. So no.
WR Sammy Watkins
Q: How can Rex not be Rex?
A: At the end of the day, he’s got to be himself, no matter what situation. I mean he knows what he needs to fix or correct, I don’t know. As a player, I’m backing him up whatever he needs to do to get this team right and I’m backing him up.
Q: What is on the line for you this weekend? Is it just enough to spoil their chances?
A: It’s not really about spoiling chances, it’s, got to go out there and fight for a win, which we do every week. We just got to prepare the same way and I feel like we’ve prepared. It’s a great team, they’ve been winning, five-six game win streak. We just got to go out there and have fun and play our game. Yeah it’s our last game, we’re not making the playoffs, but it’s just something to build off from.
Q: Where does he rank in your career? Is (Darrelle) Revis the best you’ve gone against?
A: Yeah, one of the top guys, probably the number one guy. He plays well. He’s a student of the game, he knows what you’re doing, he’s a great player.
Q: As much as you’re not worried about spoiling them, for them to be celebrating getting to the playoffs, a place you want to be, on your home field, is there a part of this team that wants to make sure that doesn’t happen?
A: Yeah, I mean we want to go out there and win this game no matter the circumstances or what’s at stake or what they got at stake. We got to go out there and play the game. The pressure is on those guys, they got to make it to the playoffs and they got to win. Us, it’s just go out there and get a win and just go out there and have fun. This is our last game together, we don’t know what type of change is going to happen, who’s going to be with the team, just go out there and have fun with the guys and fight for your brothers.
RB Karlos Williams
Q: What would it mean to you and the entire running game to lead the NFL in that category?
A: It would be amazing. It would be amazing, especially with the group of guys we had carry the ball this year. Some guys not here still, but the group of guys we’ve had running the football this year, Shady leading the way, it’s been amazing. So much to learn in this running back room and from this offense and from this coaching staff and I’m just happy to be a part of it.
Q: You guys didn’t accomplish what you wanted, and that was to make the playoffs. As the season winds down, do you find yourself looking back at things and saying, “What if?”
A: Not at all. You can’t look back now, what’s done is done. We played the games, you can’t go back and change them, all you can do is look forward to the next game that’s coming up this Sunday against the Jets. That’s pretty much what we’re looking forward to; ending the season off right, preparing well, going out there and looking to play well.
Q: Going from Jimbo (Fisher) to Rex, what do you take from Rex now after your first year in the NFL?
A: Loose. Be loose, have fun, enjoy the game, enjoy the moment, enjoy the time you get to spend with your teammates because you never know where you’re going to end up next. The NFL is strictly business, it’s about getting wins, putting points on the board and when that doesn’t happen, faces change in the locker room. I’ve learned that, my brother taught me a lot about that, going through his process in the NFL, his time being here. It’s really about enjoying that moment. Enjoying the time you step on the field. As a rookie, not many rookies get an opportunity to carry the ball as many times I’ve got to carry the ball, to play as much as I’ve played on offense and special teams so definitely take advantage of the opportunities in front of you and executing when they’re out there.
C Eric Wood
Q: Rex has said today that he regrets some of the things he said, maybe being extra boastful or assuring the playoffs. Do you like that he’s so transparent about what he’s thinking, do you like that from your head coach?
A: Yeah, for sure. I appreciate his honesty at all times and that’s what you want from a player. You don’t want a lot of gray area from your head coach and he was wrong on the playoff prediction and that wasn’t on him, that’s on us, and we’ve got to make that right for next year.
Q: Is part of that maybe coming in with a different attitude about who you are and what you have to do as opposed to the way this year began with all the playoff talk?
A: I mean, the playoffs are always going to be a topic of discussion up here. I’m sure it will be the first thing we discuss next Monday, what we think about playoffs for next year, but I don’t think we’re going to shy away from our feelings that we feel like we have a good enough team to get in, we should have been in this year. A lot of stuff didn’t go right along the way between penalties and injuries and missed assignments and whatnot but I feel like we’ve got the team to do it.
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