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Pats D Vs Jets' O-
Okay, enough of the scary stuff. The Pats are the more talented team, but
are they the better team? The Pats were not the better team the first five
weeks of the season.
They are both 3 and 2 for a reason. The Jets team really came
together three weeks ago, while the Pats just started to put it all
together last week.
the Saints game? When the Pats-D really couldn't stop squat. "Yeah,
we're into the Jets. It's Jets week and we've got to get on top of this
and get [it] going," Patricia said. "I think this team is doing
a really good job right now of playing good team football. All sides of
the ball [are] playing complimentary. I think the offense Coach Morton
coming from his background with the Saints where he's pretty familiar with
us too, it'll be a big challenge for us from that standpoint. I think he's
doing a great job of really using his weapons that he has. The
quarterback, McCown, is doing a good job of dispersing the ball. He has
some good weapons in the skill positions. They do a good job of mixing
formations with some shifts and motions." He is mart and in control
like Brees, though not as good a QB.
Jets know they have to run the ball to beat the Pats, period.
"Obviously the run game really steadies the entire offense, allows
them to use that [Play Action], and then push the ball down the
field," Patricia said. "But they also do a great job with the
controlled passing game, kind of the short passing game that spreads you
out horizontally also. I think Powell obviously is running extremely well.
[Some guy named] McGuire, you see him in there too. He does a good job.
Those guys just continually running the ball and the guys up front block
very well." Their O-line is blocking very well against the run, and
setting up their Play Actions. For all the changes they made on their
offense, the O-line stayed intact.
also have two TEs who can and will hurt the Pats in the run and play
action game. "The tight ends [Seferian-Jenkins and Tomlinson] are a
big part of the offense right now so you're going to see them in different
roles," Patricia said. "Between Kerley and Kearse and [Robby]
Anderson. [ArDarius] Stewart will be in there will his speed. His
versatility and really can come at you from a bunch of different
directions." Again not necessarily household names, but they have
some youth and speed. Kerley and Kearse are two veterans who have hurt the
Pats in the Past.
two young guys have the speed. "They're going to mix personnel.
They'll go from big people to smaller groupings and try to attack you in
different ways," Patricia said. "He's doing a good job of just
keeping them very balanced. This is a very balanced offense run-pass wise.
They're very balanced throughout the course of the game and I think when
they find something that they can attack you with week in week out, they
will game plan different looks and different plays that when they can get
after you with that standpoint in a game, then they're just going to keep
coming with it. Definitely I would say this is a big challenge for us from
that standpoint. I think, again, the quarterback, the way he's able to
disperse the ball and get it out to the skill players with a combination
with their running game, that's really kind of the biggest challenge for
us." McCown has shown he can make the right reads and put the ball
where he needs to go.
if Seferian-Jenkins is healthy, he is a great young player. "The
general question that you asked I would say the Jets have always, we've
played them for a number of years, they've had a lot of good tight ends
there too," Patricia said. "Seferian-Jenkins is obviously a big
player for them right now. [He] does a great job of really using his body
control to get open. So there's a lot of plays you're going to see he's
heavily covered and the quarterback has a high trust in the fact that he
can feature him and get him the ball and he's going to come down with it.
So he's got a big catch radius which helps him there and does a good job
of just getting open." The Offense is playing smart, like they did a
couple of years ago when Fitzpatrick chewed the Pats Defense up.
have a smart veteran QB back at the helm who has seen it all. "They
do some things formationally where they put him in situations where the
quarterback can identify the defense and the coverage and really
understand when he has the one-on-one situation and then try to feed him
the ball from that standpoint too," Patricia said. "I think
they're definitely trying to utilize those guys. It helps them attack the
inside part of the defense with the tight ends. Same with the backs, both
those guys. Powell is very good out of the backfield. Those guys can
attack the inside part because you have to put a big emphasis on the wide
receivers. They have good skill players. Once that happens and then you
tie in the tight ends and the backs into what they do. I think [it's]
definitely a philosophy of Coach Morton that he's carried through with the
Saints. That really puts more stress on the defense." I just don't
see a cake walk here.
see another grind it out to the death Pats-Jets grudge match. The Jets
hate the Pats more than we hate them. They are going to fight for
everything, like they do every year. Both teams are extremely familiar
with each other, and that favors the worse team. The Jets come into this
game with more than a few advantages, including playing at home in the
swamps of New Jersey, and revenge.
O-line- The Pats
offense is not exactly the well-oiled machine of last season. "I
think continuity is great, and understanding what your role is and what's
expected of you, that's a good thing for any employee," McDaniels
said. "I would say that I feel like I know what my job is or my role
is. I think all of our coaches and players understand that because the
communication is clear and we understand what we need to do to help the
team win on a week-to-week basis. That's really the most important thing
to me." Brady has been beaten onto the injury report, and not by a
singular event, but by being the most Sacked QB in the NFL.
Bowles claim to fame is that he designs schemes that hit the QB, with
lesser passrushers. "I would say each test each week is
different," McDaniels said. "It takes a tremendous amount of
time and preparation from our staff and from our players to prepare hard
each week to get ready, just to go in there and play the game and compete
against the best players and the best coaches in our league." The
Jets didn't seem very scary coming into the season. But they are looking
scary, for a not quite put together Patriots team, this week.
Jets are playing their best football right now. "Those are difficult
challenges. I don't take anything for granted. I don't have any answers
prior to preparing and trying to do the best we can with the time that we
have each week," McDaniel said. "So it's a long process. It's a
process that we believe in here that we go through to try to put ourselves
in position to be competitive and to play complementary football and try
to do whatever's asked of us on Sunday or Monday or Thursday night,
whatever it might be, to help our team win. So, I hope that answers the
question." The O-line has to play better, or Brady could get hurt
am sick of the new guy RB-rotation, they are going to need James White to
step up again this week. "James works at all aspects of his game very
hard," McDaniel said. "The part of his game that gets the least
amount of attention is all the things that he does in terms of blitz
pickup and handling all the exotic different looks that defenses give us
these days. He's in there on all those snaps and has a tremendous amount
of responsibility that we all trust him to take on and do right. He comes
through. He's very dependable in that role." He and Dion need to be
on the field more.
is the best back in blitz pick up, getting open short for Brady, and has
improved every season as a runner. "He's worked on his ability as a
runner. He's worked on his ability as a pass receiver, route runner, pass
catcher, blitz pickup," McDaniels said. "We ask him to chip and
do types of things on the edge, sometimes to take some edge off the rush.
I mean, he's a very unselfish guy. I don't know that we would ever put him
out there and play him as a receiver as a receiver. When he's out there,
he's doing things that we would ask our running backs to do. But, he's
expanded his role each year that he's been here and he's expanded what he
can do and what he does well for our offense." He has turned himself
into an ultra dependable 3rd down back, like Kevin Faulk.
put him on the damn field. "I think that James, each week in the game
plan, he tries to evolve in what we're doing with him and do it the best
that he can," McDaniels said. "He's an experienced player now.
He's got a lot more snaps now than he did a few years ago, and he
understands how he gets played a little differently from week to week, but
the big thing with him is he learns his role, he's unselfish, he's
dependable to do it right and he's come through under some big pressure.
There's a lot of good things that he does for our offense." He is the
best blocker in pick up, and getting open quick so Brady can dump the ball
off (so he doesn't take another hit on his shoulder), that the Pats have.
have to start finding ways to stop Brady from getting hit. "The Jets,
I'd start with the fact that the last four times we've been there, the
game has either went to overtime or come down to the last possession. It's
a tough place to play. They're a tough, really hard-nosed, tough, physical
team," McDaniels said. "They know us very well. We know them.
They've got a physical front. They've got a very talented front. They've
got speed at linebacker. They've got length on the edge. They've got some
really, really talented inside players with Williams, Wilkerson, [Steve]
McLendon. Those guys are tough to block and do a really good job for them
inside." Has everyone forgotten that the Jets play their two Super
Bowls each season against the Pats.
is never an easy blow out in New Jersey. "And then they've got some
new guys in the secondary that this will be our first opportunity to play
against them and get to know them this week with Maye and Adams,"
McDaniels said. "Claiborne we've played against before but not as a
Jet. So, it's a new group, a physical bunch. They create some situations
that you've got to deal with relative to their scheme on all three
downs." I'm not a big fan of their two staring CBs, Claiborne and
they are playing the best ball of their careers, and aren't young guys any
more. They are veterans. "They're a team that's been opportunistic in
terms of taking the ball away when they've had some chances to do so, and
they've been stingy in the passing game," McDaniels said.
"There's a lot of things we've got to get ready for, a lot of
challenges here. They're good on 3rd down. It's another area that we're
going to have to do a good job of really trying to make sure we have a
good plan and have a good week of preparation for that, too." They
will make it tougher than you think they should to pass the ball.
is when the real season starts for the Patriots. "First game in the
division, excited to have the opportunity to do that and get started
against a team that we know," McDaniels said. "But there's a lot
of guys on this defense that we might not have played against before.
Coach Bowles and that staff does a great job. Looking forward to getting
started with our week here." You have to win your division against
your worst rivals first, if you want to host the Champ Game.
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