The pace of New York Jets practices apparently doesn't reflect a team that's arguably the league's worst after two weeks.
The Jets have lost two straight and are underachieving on both sides of the ball, and according to multiple defenders, the club hasn't prepared well enough to overcome those early struggles.
"It all goes back to practice. We've had some slow practices, and it correlates to the game," safety Bradley McDougald said, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN. "We need to have a complete, full week of just great practices, and I don't think we've had that yet.
"The sooner we realize that and hone in on how important practice is and coming out and winning at practice, then it will translate to the games on Sunday."
McDougald, who joined the Jets in July as part of the Jamal Adams trade with the Seattle Seahawks, added that until New York consistently practices well, its games will "be a toss-up."
The defensive back wasn't the only one questioning the Jets' recent practice habits, as veteran linebacker Avery Williamson also spoke out.
"Sometimes, in practice, guys are missing tackles or we're not doing things right," Williamson said. "We haven't been as crisp as we should be at times. ... We don't start fast at practice."
Head coach Adam Gase said he wasn't aware of the comments, adding that he feels "like we had really good tempo to practice."
The Jets currently rank 31st in scoring offense and 24th defensively.
New York will try for its first win this season against the Indianapolis Colts on the road Sunday.