Q&A with Terry Bradway

"When we came in last year, we made a conscience effort to keep this team together. We let a few older players go because we wanted to get younger. We wanted to keep this thing together. A few players took a paycut in order to do that..."

Q)What do you think of the job Paul Hackett did?

Bradway: I think Paul did very well. It seems like now days more and more the coordinators are much more in focus than they used to be. When things aren't going right, and you aren't scoring enough touchdowns, and your red zone and your third down conversions (are below standards), they know where to point the finger. This was the first year of us putting this offense in. If you look at first year offenses just put in this year, we did pretty well – especially towards the end. We kept the turnovers down. I like the job Paul did. Is everyone going to be satisfied and happy with every call? No, but when you look at the plans – especially down the stretch. There were some good things and we will continue to grow.

Q)Are you going to try and keep this team together?

 Bradway: When we came in last year, we made a conscience effort to keep this team together. We let a few older players go because we wanted to get younger. We wanted to keep this thing together. A few players took a paycut in order to do that. It gave us a whole year to evaluate the program. We understand in this day and age. We're not gonna be able to keep everybody. We are going to try to do that, but the decision may fall on the player also if they want to be here.

Q)So some guys are going to have to go...

Bradway: It's hard to keep all your players. You can't have everything you want in this day and age. You aren't going to have the perfect player at every position. Players that play well get paid. If you have a lot of players that play well, you can't pay them all.

Q)How important was that win in Oakland for your program?

Bradway: The win in Oakland and making the playof, it validated our program. If it didn't happen, I still would have felt good about what we are doing, but on the outside it would have been same old Jets. By winning that game, we helped dispel that and exorcise some of the ghosts. Now we are a playoff team. We didn't lowball things at beginning and say we needed time to put things together and say it's a four-year program. It's a one-year program every year.

Q)What do you think the reason is for the team's bad home record?

Bradway: That is a good question. I posed that to the team today. We were 7-1 on the road, which was the best road record the Jets ever had, but we were 3-5 at home and that is a problem. But since 1984, we have won of the worst home records in the NFL. Herm talks about perception and reality. That is the reality. We have to figure out how we will change that.


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