“Back to normal” after Sunday’s rant, Jamal Adams hopes the New York Jets’ losses can become a series of learning experiences moving forward.
Nobody in their right mind likes losing, but New York Jets safety Jamal Adams downright hates it.
After an emotional rant against the concept after Sunday’s 13-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Adams again went into a diatribe on his dislike for defeat, though was slightly more upbeat when addressing reporters in the Jets’ Florham Park locker room on Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m smiling now. I’m back to normal,” Adams said. “I’m just so passionate about the game. Obviously, we all are as a team, and we just want to win. Obviously, we came up short (in Miami), but it’s a new week, it’s a new opportunity, so we’re looking forward to it.”
Anger over defeat is nothing new for Adams, though the losses have come at an unfortunate pace in his first two years in the NFL. The Jets are just 8-17 since Adams entered the league as a first-round pick in 2017.
The tenacious defender made it clear he never been one for going down quietly.
“I’m a sore loser,” Adams said. “Like when I was playing video games with my pops, or when I was young or facing my friends, I would slam the controller, cut the game off. I’m a sore loser. It is what it is.”
Adams instead is hoping his squad can take the losses and turn them into learning opportunities. Asked what the biggest lesson has been so far, Adams preached “Patience”.
“I like to take losses for learning experiences,” Adams said. “Obviously, it’s not the best thing to do, as far as losing, that’s not what we want to do. We don’t go out there each and every Sunday to lose, obviously we got out there and want to win. But you win some, you lose some. We just got to learn from our losses and learn to get better for the next week.”
The Jets (3-6) have a prime opportunity to break out of their recent funk, currently mired in a three-game losing streak. They’ll return home to MetLife Stadium this Sunday, taking on the Buffalo Bills (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS), who are looking to end a losing streak on their own. At 2-7, the Bills can be the perfect team for the Jets to bully, but Adams know that they can’t take anyone lightly.
“It’s the NFL. Anybody can be beaten in this league,” he said. “You definitely got to show up each and every Sunday. The number that they’re putting up or not putting up (don’t matter). At the end of the day, they’re a great football team, they’re well coached, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity.”
Adams had nine tackles in two games against the Bills last season, including five in his NFL debut at New Era Field. The Bills won the game 21-12.