FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine said Friday he wasn’t offended by the comments Thursday of teammate Muhammad Wilkerson, who suggested the defensive line would have more quarterback sacks if the secondary had done a better job covering opposing receivers.
“I mean, we could have had more sacks if our coverage was tighter,’’ Skrine said before the Jets boarded their charter flight to San Francisco to play the 49ers on Sunday. “You’ve got to go ask Mo why he said that, but it could be tighter on the back end.’’
On Thursday, when asked why the Jets managed only one sack of Andrew Luck in their 41-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Monday night, Wilkerson said, “Quarterbacks are getting the ball out quick, and they’re making plays. It’s not an excuse; we just have to... have tighter coverage and we have to get to the quarterback.’’
Then he added, “We can get to the quarterback, but... if they’re not holding them up for that one second, the ball is going to get out.’’
On Friday, Skrine admitted, “It hasn’t been the best year for the secondary,’’ but insisted he wasn’t angered by Wilkerson’s comments and declared that “Mo’s my guy.’’
Skrine said he had no explanations for why the secondary -- which was thought to be a team strength entering the season -- has struggled and had recurring problems communicating on the field all season. He said, though, that he thought the secondary had picked up its play of late, up until Monday’s loss.
“I feel like the last five, six games we played, the secondary has gotten better,’’ he said. “And then Monday Night Football, (it) laid an egg.’’