Transcript: Mark Sanchez 10/8/12

On the interception before halftime…

J.J. Watt got his hands on a few passes tonight. That’s the way it goes. It’s going to be a bang-bang play and JK (WR Jeremy Kerley) was going to catch it. The ball’s going to be right on him and he’s going to have a chance on the safety there. Put us down in tight and maybe run one of our red zone plays and get a chance to call timeout. It’s really too bad. That happened quite a bit tonight so we got to find a way to keep the defensive linemen’s hands down.

On Jeremy Kerley…

He’s a heck of a player, we’re only getting better together. Under these circumstances, we’ve had a chance to really work together. He’s playing all over the field, not just the slot. He’s really getting a chance to use all of his skills. I’m proud of the way he plays. He really brings his effort. He’s a leader of that wide receiver group. It’s too bad we had another injury tonight in Clyde Gates. I thought Jason Hill played well. We’ve got to find a way to get him the ball there. It looked like he was coming open on the second-to-last drive on the third down, where we got sacked. All those guys are playing their butt off. I really appreciate their effort. Not just tonight in the game, but in practice as well.

On if the interception before halftime was avoidable…

It’s a quick throw. On any of those underneath routes, if you don’t get those guys hands down, that’s just the way it goes. J.J. is smart. He knows when he’s not getting a pass rush. Our offensive line, for the most part, played really well tonight. They kept that guy out of there. They did their very best against a good pass rusher. He’s going to get some plays, it’s just inevitable. He’s a hell of a player. He knows though, as a good rusher, that when he’s not getting any pressure and they stone him up front, then he’s just going to wait back, sit there, and time his jump, and just watch for my arm to be cocked and ready to throw. He just jumps up and tries to tip it. That’s part of his deal and we’ve got to find a way to keep their hands down.

On the fourth quarter interception intended for TE Jeff Cumberland…

Could it be more in front of him? Sure. But, it’s third down and half-a-mile or whatever it was. So, we have to get some yards and put us in a position to go for it on fourth down and that would have been it. But, Jeff made some great catches for us tonight. He’s not going to make them all, nobody is. We’ll just keep repping it, keep working it, and try to put it in front of him.

On if he takes solace in the game being close with several key players being injured…

We’re not worried what anybody else thinks. I know we have great personnel, we really do. We have good players, guys that want to win, they want to play. When those lights come on, those guys come alive. They worked their butt off all week in practice, especially the wideouts. They’ve been taking a lot of heat. Everybody’s telling them that they can’t play, they can’t do it like the other guys can. I’m just proud of the way they fought. We’re in it at the end of the game. It was eerily similar to a couple of years ago where we hit Tone’ (Santonio Holmes) for a touchdown. The game-winning drive was right before an interception on a sacked-caused-fumble from Mario Williams. It looked like the game was going to be over and boom, we get the ball back. I mean, almost identical. This time we came up short. That’s the way these go. We’ve just got to hang in there and be in it in the fourth quarter like we were tonight.

On having to call timeouts due to confusion over substitutions…

We’ve got to clean that up. When they call personnel, guys got to know who’s in and who’s out. It’s got to be a lot sharper than that.


On whether he can see Antonio Cromartie being more involved in the offense…

He looked good. I mean, he almost had it. We’ll see how his role progresses. That’s another guy that just wants to play and wants to help this team as much as he can, so those are the kind of attitudes we have in our locker room and that’s when you have something to work with. So, that’s nice.

On the interception at the end of the half when Watt tipped his pass…

The ball’s out of my hand and the next thing I know, it got tipped. I felt good throwing it to JK (Jeremy Kerley). I knew he was going to take a hit and he did, too. He was ready to catch the ball and get down and give us a chance to call timeout and run a red zone play, and hopefully punch it in there, and really have some momentum coming out of halftime. So, it was an unfortunate turn of events, but we really started rolling there and opened it up a little bit. It was nice to get into a rhythm like that, so we’ll just keep rolling.

On the pass to Cromartie down the sideline…

Yeah, he had a chance. I tried to give him a chance at the ball. He was open.

On whether he could have thrown that pass more inside to Cromartie…

I guess. Maybe a hair (more inside).

On whether there is something to be taken away from the loss…

The objective is to win, so of course everybody is upset. But at the same time, we know that you’ve got to give yourself a chance to win and we did that tonight. Were there mistakes along the way? Absolutely. Can we clean some things up? Of course. I’m proud of the way guys hung in there. You’ve just got to be in it and give yourselves a chance. We did that. We just have to be better in the red zone, as well.

On whether he feels the offense will have to use an out-of-the-box approach going forward…

I don’t know. I think a lot of our regular stuff worked well, too. We got the ball downfield throwing it a little bit, getting our guys in space. I thought Kerley and Jeff (Cumberland) and Chaz (Schilens), Clyde (Gates), everybody did well in their roles. As far as the other stuff goes, you have to talk to coach (Tony) Sparano and whatever he wants to do.

On how much he missed Santonio Holmes with the game on the line…

Look, can Santonio help our team? Of course. I mean, he was playing really well. At the same time, there’s no what ifs and hypotheticals. We’ve got to roll and I thought we did. We played well until the end there. We’ve got to find a way to get that ball to Jeff clean and we’ll have a chance. I’m just upset, obviously. It’s a loss. We really did hang in there and we’ve got to just keep fighting, come in with a good attitude, like I know we will next week. It’s a short week, and we’ve got a good Colts team that’s really energized, so we’ve got to keep playing well.