The Washington Redskins (2-3) on Sunday play against the New York Jets (3-1) in 2015 Week 6 action at MetLife Stadium.
On Wednesday, Jets head coach Todd Bowles and wide receiver Brandon Marshall spoke to the Washington, D.C., media about their upcoming matchup against the Redskins.
New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles
On what he has seen from QB Kirk Cousins and the Redskins' offense:
"They're tough running the football. They've got some big guys up front. They've got a three-headed monster in the backfield. They've got a very good receiving tight end. They've got some explosive receivers. Kirk manages the game very well. He controls the game, he can make all the throws and he's a gritty tough competitor. We're expecting a tough game."
On what the bye week does for his team:
"Well, having it come so early, I guess you just try to get some rest and try to get some rest for the nicked up guys. But at the same time, there's not really taking downtime because it's only four weeks into the season when we had it. It's just time to refocus and understand we've got to correct mistakes and play a lot better going forward."
On WR DeSean Jackson:
"I've coached in Philly with DeSean on the team and I've definitely played against him and I know he's an explosive receiver. He's not the only one. They've got [Jamsion] Crowder and they've got [Pierre] Garçon, they've got a couple of them. He can run all the routes, he's extremely fast, he's a punt returner, he can catch screens, he can double-move you. He's an explosive guy, one of the best in the league. We've just got to make sure we're preparing for him to come back. We're expecting him to play. We just have to make sure we try to cover our bases."
On the key to the Jets' success on defense:
"I don't really look at statistics but we've been fortunate enough to get turnovers whether it was by mistake or whether we made some plays. Turnovers can limit a lot of things that offenses do. We don't have a secret of how we do it. I've been on teams where you practice and you get them and on teams where you don't practice it and you don't get them or you get a bunch of them. We just try to get better every week going forward. Being a new staff and a new team, there are some kinks that we're still trying to work out while becoming a team. The whole thing is to try and win while you do it."
On his assessment of rookie DL Leonard Williams:
"Leonard's a rookie. He's going to see new blocking schemes every week. He plays with tenacity and he plays hard. He learns very fast. We're willing to live with some of the mistakes he makes but he makes his plays as well. Going forward, we're very happy with him."
On the moment when he officially became an NFL Head Coach:
"When I got the job it's been surreal. I'd been on a couple of interviews before that. You never know until it actually happens, and when I finally got the job and sat down the first thing was like, 'Wow, I got the job.' Then about a second later, you had to get to work. You had to try to do a lot of things that you're not used to doing, but it's been good. The city has been good. The team has been good. The people in this building have been great and nothing but supportive. So, I'm happy."
On surprises associated with the position:"As a head coach, [Bill] Parcells and Doug Williams tell you that there are five things that you have to prepare for every day that you don't know are going to happen, whether it's off the field issues, which we've had our share of obviously in the spring and in the summer. Those things you don't prepare for. You just try to deal with them on a case-to-case basis and not get too caught up in them and move forward."
On facing his former team:"It won't be my first time, but anytime you mention the Redskins, there's a soft spot in my heart because that's the team that gave me my upstart. A lot of guys are gone from there, but I have a lot of friends down there. So, I'll always be grateful and thankful for the opportunity Coach [Joe] Gibbs and those guys gave me."
On winning Super Bowl XXII with the Washington Redskins:"Yeah we had a lot of guys. The offensive line was great with [Jeff] Bostic and those guys. We had a lot of receivers and when the running backs went down and Timmy [Smith] had to play, the whole was so big I thought a lot of people could've ran through them. Timmy was the benefactor of those things and defensively all I can remember is Dexter [Manley], Alvin Walton and Monte Coleman coming off the edge not giving [John] Elway much time to throw. That made our job as a [defensive] backs much easier."
New York Jets Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall
On what the Jets are focusing on following the bye week:
"Just continuing to get better. We've really been sticking to the same things we've been working on since camp. This is a new group, coaches and players, lots of new players. So we're behind the eight ball in chemistry and also playing together when it comes to our system. So every day we're working on the same exact things and that's continuing to gel and get better at our assignments."
On the layoff after playing in London:
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"Well, I don't think London has anything to do with it now. We came back and it's just the usual bye week. A lot of players needed it and we were fortunate to have it. We're just bouncing back and getting back to work."
On adjusting to head coach Todd Bowles:
"To be honest, it's not a hard adjustment because he lets players be themselves and also lets players play and do the things that they're best at. As long as you're being a man and going about your business the right way, I think it's a very enjoyable experience to play for him and the rest of the coaches that we have on staff."
On what he has seen from the Redskins' defense:
"Yeah, I mean, [the defense is] definitely beat up but the scary thing about this defense is that front seven. They're probably the best in the business right now. They're playing aggressive. They're playing with a lot of purpose and passion and it's going to be our toughest match all year. So, you know, we want to come out and get the win and it's going to take all of us to be flying on all cylinders."
On if facing CB Darrelle Revis in practice helps him sharpen his own skills:
"Absolutely, iron sharpens iron. When you can go out there and not only compete physically but also complete mentally… So much of the game is mental and that's what I've noticed since I've been in the league about the greats. You know, they have an edge when it comes to their mental preparation and understanding football and having high IQs. So, for me, that's the biggest challenge is always trying to be one step ahead of him."
On what he learned about Revis that he didn't know about him before they were teammates:
"Nothing. I studied Darrelle for years. He is exactly what I saw on film and going back to my matchups against him, it's the same thing I saw here in practice."