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Matt Forte tries to walk back his criticisms of Jets coaching staff

Matt Forte tries to walk back his criticisms of Jets coaching staff”

Jets coach Todd Bowles on Monday downplayed Matt Forte's criticism of offensive coordinator John Morton, as the Jets tried to move on from a hard loss and get ready for Thursday night's game against Buffalo. And he complimented Morton for being "open-minded" about potential changes. He calmly explained in great detail, for almost 10 minutes, why he thought the Jets should have run the ball more than the 22 times they did.

"If they're interested in player safety, it's not very conducive to player safety", Forte said. "We really didn't' spend too much time on it". "We just talked about some ways to help us win football games, and moving on to Buffalo. Then, we went on to Buffalo".

"We just have to find a way to close out games". Bilal Powell ran the ball 14 times for 33 yards. Elijah McGuire had one run for 2 yards, and wide receiver Robby Anderson gained 1 yard on an end-around. Very few holes for the run game. Before the season, Forte said he got assurances from general manager Mike Maccagnan before the season that a trade wasn't in their plans. [I'm] very [appreciative]. I mean, it's always good to be open-minded. "I'm open-minded, as well". Sure, we can question the play-calling and point fingers at the poor clock management. So you're going into another game and playing four quarters of that. "Because this is like kind of over with".

Bowles downplayed Forte's comments, saying the running back's emotions got the better of him after the Jets' third straight loss.

In his weekly interview on ESPN Radio on Monday, Bowles said Forte shouldn't have gone public with his complaint, but that it came out of frustration. I think we only ran the ball 20 times. "We just have to win a ball game". "But we ran the ball, and we'll continue to run the ball".

On Monday, Forte said the conversations with Bowles and Morton "went over well". "Everybody was frustrated. People are going to say things". I understand perfectly what he was saying.

When pressed on whether he was OK with Forte making those comments, Bowles made it clear he was moving on. The Jets face the Bills on Thursday night in East Rutherford. New York's passing offense hasn't been much better, ranking 23rd in the league.

Quarterback Josh McCown echoed Forte's sentiments that Morton, in his first season as an offensive coordinator, is receptive to input from players on how to improve the unit.

"All of us together have to look inside ourselves and figure out what the heck's going on, why we don't finish", McCown said after Sunday's game.

"It makes it tough, so you leave that one defense in there and you play a blanket defense", Bowles said.

McCown ranks third in the NFL with a 70.5 completion percentage, and has a league-leading 75.6 completion percentage on third down.

"It always could be better", he said. "So, no, I don't see that happening". Head coach Todd Bowles said "it's possible" Claiborne could play Thursday against the Bills. Meanwhile, cornerback Buster Skrine (concussion) returned to practice on a limited basis. It took them eight weeks, but Muhammad Wilkerson registered his first sack of the season coming off a game in which he recorded an interception. Forte (knee) and RT Brandon Shell (neck) were also limited.

Barring an 11th-hour development, the Jets won't make any deals before the trading deadline on 4 p.m. Tuesday. I think that's just something the media, or you guys, kind of think would be a smart move that gets headlines read or something like that.

"Nobody's come to me about that", Forte said.

"There's no need", Bowles said. Bowles added that Atlanta also experienced an issue with its headsets. Outside of the meltdown against the Dolphins, the defense has played admirably considering they were facing Tom Brady and last year's MVP Matt Ryan in two of the last three outings. Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and David Harris-the players that once helped the team reach playoff contention-were released and dumped into free agency.



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