Jets S Jamal Adams told Bleacher Report earlier this year that his team's locker room lacked energy last season and "it was like everybody wanted to do the bare minimum."
On Tuesday, he expanded upon those comments after practice was over.
"I'm very passionate," he said about the comments, which were just published on Tuesday. "Coming in, I was wide-eyed. I just wanted to come in and work hard and make an impact. The things that came out, I didn't feel very strong as far as me saying that."
In the wide-ranging Q&A, Adams said everyone had a losing vibe and "didn't want to go above and beyond."
"But if you're not clicking on all cylinders with the 53-man roster, everybody upstairs, the staff, the whole organization, it's not going to go anywhere, man," Adams said.
The second-year safety spoke with head coach Todd Bowles on Tuesday and one time before that, according to ESPN. Adams said on Tuesday that he's "very passionate" and that he "came in wide-eyed."
"I just wanted to come in and work hard and make an impact," he said. "The things that came out, I didn't feel very strong as far as me saying that."
Bowles said Adams will learn over time what to say when he is speaking to the media.
"Jamal is a very young player, and he's a very smart player, and he speaks from his heart," Bowles said. "We talked about it. He didn't mean a lot of the things that came out wrong."
"We dealt with it," he added. "We've moved on."
Adams totaled 63 tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble in 16 games during his rookie campaign.