Jets OC John Morton wasn't angry at his running back, Matt Forte, after he openly criticized him following the team's Week 8 loss to the Falcons.
Despite the horrific conditions, Morton called up only 21 run plays with Forte receiving only four of those carries. After the game, the veteran back publicly voiced that he didn't like Morton's game plan saying, "I don't really think we ran the ball enough with the weather being the way it was."
In his first appearance with the media since the incident, Morton didn't scold Forte for voicing his opinion. Instead, he accepts his players' suggestion in his offense.
"I'd be stupid if I wouldn't do that," Morton said. "I listen to everybody. I listen to the quarterback, I listen to all the coaches, any players -- especially players that have played in this league for a long time, I'm listening, and I have to do that. I've learned that throughout my whole coaching career.
"All the stuff I've learned has been through players. Being around great quarterbacks, I learn the game how they see it...I think it's good when players speak up, and let's talk about it."
Forte clearly made his case to Morton as he had a breakout game against the Bills last Thursday. He led the team with 14 carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns in the Jets' 34-21 victory at MetLife Stadium.
Morton was applauded for making the run a priority, and it clearly made a difference against a competitive Bills team, who was the third-best rushing defense in the league entering the game.
"Even if it's three-and-out, if you call three runs and you're committed to it, it sets a tone with the guys to let them know, 'Hey, we're committed to it," Josh McCown said. "It really, I think, sent a message to our guys up front that we're riding you, and they did a great job."
It was the first time this season Forte saw double-digit carries, and it may have taken a toll on his 31-year-old body as he sat out of practice Friday.
"He did not practice," head coach Todd Bowles said. "We'll see how it goes from there. I don't know if it is serious or not serious, but anytime someone doesn't practice, it's serious for me."
Forte has rushed for 241 yards and two touchdowns on 57 attempts so far this season.