FLORHAM PARK, NJ - On Thursday August 4th, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton from WFAN Sports Radio hosted their morning show live from the New York Jets practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.
The interviews continued after Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mo Wilkerson and Brandon Marshall, as Head coach Todd Bowles was on deck. The conversation started on contract negotiations where Todd explained that the frustration can often be felt from the player side as well as from the coaching and the management side. One of the hardest parts can be the inability to talk to unsigned players or for that matter any players during the offseason.
"You're not supposed to talk football,” Bowles said. “It's just one of the rules."
The loss of Chris Ivory came up and the Jet’s coach explained that the strength of Matt Forte, Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson worked to control the backfield and how they will be used "as a 1-2 punch." The conversation then turned to Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, probing Bowles on their abilities and talent.
“It is a fact,” Bowles said. “That Geno got a lot of reps while the Fitzpatrick contract was up in the air and it gave him extra time to work on his game. The guys on the team had confidence in Geno and he looked promising."
Darrelle Revis was next on the Fan, and started with the description of the wrist injury of the 2015 season which ended in surgery during the off-season. The wrist injury was more than fans thought, as the tendon was torn in the wrist. Revis underwent surgery in March, and his rehab is continuing as he participates in training.
"I fought through it," Revis explained. "As long as I can write and continue to do my job."
Revis finished up his interview by being asked about how good the Jets could be.
"I think we can be as good as we want to,” Revis said. “Last year we were top 5 in the league and we got to do better."
Eric Decker was up next. The wide receiver, along with Brandon Marshall, is the first Jets WR duo with 1,000 + yards each in the same season since 1998.
Decker was questioned about a day he took off of training that actually turned into a week. Many people thought it was a protest over the Ryan Fitzpatrick contract controversy, but Decker explained he took off to be with his family before all the crazy pre-season training began.
This led to Decker being asked about his past experiences with a great veteran quarterback. He is about to embark on a second year with another veteran quarterback. He explained how the first year was frustrating but now with additional training on an off the field he expects to be better.
"I hope, you know, we can match and surpass the things we did last season," Decker said. “I want to be on a play-off team, you know, in the tournament, going for that ring."
Finishing up the interview, Decker emphasized how the team can be better in the red zone, score more points, take the pressure off the defense and have more opportunities if they put in hard work on the field at training camp.