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Jets preparing for Pats "like it's the Super Bowl"

We’re trying not to post too many stories about the fortunes of the New York Jets, but when you combine the largest media market with a brash first-year head coach and the next Joe Namath and a sense of urgency to get better quickly thanks to a new stadium with plenty of unsold PSLs, it’s hard to look the other way.

So as the Jets prepare to play the Patriots, it’s noteworthy to mention that they’re treating the game to be played on the second Sunday of the regular season like the game that will be played on the first Sunday of February.

”We’re going to be playing this game like it’s the Super Bowl,” said defensive tackle Kris Jenkins on Monday, according to Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger.

“This is a statement year,” Jenkins added.  “Not just for Rex.  It’s a statement year for this team.  We’re trying to set a precedent here of what is to come for this organization and that’s something we’re not taking lightly.”

So get ready.  Though the calendar says the Super Bowl will be played on February 7, the Jets think that it’s happening on September 20.

And if they can’t beat the Pats at home, it might be the closest the Jets will get to the real thing.

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51 Responses to “Jets preparing for Pats "like it's the Super Bowl"”
  1. Pastabelly says: Sep 15, 2009 4:50 PM

    It is set up well for the Jets. They are the hot team and they are home and Mayo is out. It will be interesting to see what Belichick throws at Sanchez.

  2. Zox says: Sep 15, 2009 4:52 PM

    I’m not a fan of either team, but it’s this kind of talk that usually leads to a 1-5 record in the near future.

  3. endzoneview says: Sep 15, 2009 4:52 PM

    Every team should play every week like it’s the SuperBowl to be honest.
    Should be a great game. You can’t be the best unless you beat the best. That’s Sports 101.

  4. doe22us says: Sep 15, 2009 4:53 PM

    Delusional team these JETS

  5. 8man says: Sep 15, 2009 4:56 PM

    This sounds about right. I have friend who is a Jets fan and he is pumped about this Sunday’s game.
    And he’s running his mouth. That stadium will be in a frenzy by the time they kick that ball off.

  6. leatherneck says: Sep 15, 2009 4:57 PM

    Rookie leadership mistake #1: set expectations very high.

  7. Fan of Football says: Sep 15, 2009 5:03 PM

    Here is the problem. Rex comes in saying he isn’t going to kiss any rings, but yet that is exactly what they is doing when they say they are treating this game like it is the Super Bowl.

  8. stanjam says: Sep 15, 2009 5:04 PM

    This will be the Jets best chance to beat the Pats. At home with the Brady shaking the rust off, gaining his confidence, and with a brand new defense just getting to know itself. This is their best opportunity.
    Now I am interested to know just how much mouthing off they are going to do. I know the Pats are going to be working hard, as no way are they happy with what they did Monday. I think though I am beginning to smell a bit of overconfidence coming from the Jets, and it starts with their head coach. Teams that mouth off and talk a lot generally fall victim to themselves sooner or later.
    Still, the Jets look good so far, but it has only been one game. It is a long season and they have a lot of work to do if they want this division.

  9. Ralph Gre Nader says: Sep 15, 2009 5:05 PM

    So Im thinking maybe Rex has Turrets.

  10. Contra says: Sep 15, 2009 5:05 PM

    Next Joe Namath…my a$$.

  11. darknyyt74 says: Sep 15, 2009 5:09 PM

    Call me naive, but shouldn’t they pepare everyweek like it were the Super Bowl?

  12. Coutre1 says: Sep 15, 2009 5:09 PM

    This is the closest the Jets will get to the Super Bowl.

  13. moral-authority says: Sep 15, 2009 5:11 PM

    why not? it’s the closest they’re going to get to the SB anyway! You’d never hear a contender utter such things. I do think they can win that game, at least.

  14. thegator says: Sep 15, 2009 5:11 PM

    Glad to hear it. I usually cringe when I hear super bowl after week one, but it’s about time they realize week 2 counts as much as week 17. And thanks for nothing Buffalo.

  15. jetsfan59 says: Sep 15, 2009 5:12 PM

    It’s just another way of saying that it’s a big game for the Jets. I’m sure the Pats consider it a big game too, especially after the stinker they put on for the better part of 4 quarters last night. If the Pats D keeps playing the way it did last night, they’ll be watching the Super Bowl at home like the rest of us.

  16. cy farnsworth says: Sep 15, 2009 5:15 PM

    Good, the Jets need to make a statement. After years of being failed Pats imitators the Jets should take this opportunity to hit them in the mouth while they’re down.

  17. BRUTUS9448 says: Sep 15, 2009 5:24 PM

    I think jets have a good shot of beating the pats. All they have to do is rush the ball and put brady on his back. He won’t get lucky twice in a row

  18. Steeler4life says: Sep 15, 2009 5:24 PM

    Because that is the closest they will come. They beat the Texans now they think they are the next dynasty.
    I hope Leon Washington has a good game though
    Is Joe Namath still “struggling”?
    Go Steelers!!!!!!!!!

  19. winkel33 says: Sep 15, 2009 5:25 PM

    Raising expectations can be a good thing, especially for a team that hasn’t met them for so many years like the Jets. And this could be smart on their part – treat it like the Super Bowl, notice that the Patriots have many flaws and are very beatable, and know that if you then win, it could really build confidence for the rest of the year. The problem of course is if you treat it like the super bowl, and lose – well, the jets should just remember that every super bowl loser except one this decade has failed to reach the playoffs – so a loss on sunday could lead to that type of letdown.

  20. buzzbissinger says: Sep 15, 2009 5:31 PM

    The title says it all; tragic.

  21. Zox says: Sep 15, 2009 5:34 PM

    Every team should be preparing for every game like it’s the super bowl……….no?

  22. footballisking says: Sep 15, 2009 5:50 PM

    Drug test these fools!!!!!!!!

  23. Clark says: Sep 15, 2009 5:50 PM

    Didn’t they do that last year too? Then they tanked the rest of the season.

  24. PriceIsRight says: Sep 15, 2009 5:56 PM


  25. fellorio says: Sep 15, 2009 6:21 PM

    They’ve got a real shot. Defense is 50% game plan and 50% emotion, and Jets look like they have both.

  26. Moosechem says: Sep 15, 2009 6:22 PM

    @cy farnsworth
    “hit them in the mouth while they’re down”
    What makes you utter that the Pats are down? Hardly the truth… get real.

  27. Alpheratz says: Sep 15, 2009 6:35 PM

    Sounds like they’re modeling themselves after the Chargers.
    Bad move.

  28. BP says: Sep 15, 2009 6:40 PM

    The Pats are coming to bitch slap the Jets for their insolence.
    They will make fatso eat his ill-advised boastful words.
    Realizing the Jets are in your division is like going into the kitchen at night, turning on the light, and seeing cockroaches scurry for cover. The AFC East needs an exterminator. New England is sending one this week.

  29. Zinn says: Sep 15, 2009 6:55 PM

    The jets may be the most talented in the league returning 11 of their 12 pro bowl players and alternates from last year. They certainly played like it in week one but I would still think they are a decided underdog against the Pats.
    One thing that was apparent in week one was the effect of the the coaching upgrade. It was huge. Not only did the Jets play with emotion and effort for the first time in 3 years but they actually hit people. I was really impressed by the commitment to running the ball and it really contrasted how much better the coaching is without Mangini. in 2007 the Jets lost 7-8 games they had healthy leads because they refused to run the ball. Against Houston the Jets could nto run the ball for almost 3 quarters but they kept at it and by the fourth quarter the Houston defense was worn down and the Jets ran all over them. A concept Mangini never understood. Despite all the leads the Jets had in 2007 Jones only had over 12 carries once in all their losses. With effective coaching they would have been a 10-12 win team in 2007 and 12+ win team in 2006 and 2008.
    All that being said the Jets schedule this year is brutal. They might be a much better team this year but end up with a much worse record. Sanchez’s poise and ability to slide away from the rush was very impressive but he is still a rookie and will make lots of mistakes. He got away with a few balls that should have been picked against Houston and the Jets got more than their share of the breaks. The NE game could be ugly for the Jets. But the future is bright.

  30. Lurker says: Sep 15, 2009 7:31 PM

    Bill was a bit out of character during his local radio appearance this afternoon. Typically he builds up the competition showing ample amounts of deference; however, when the topic turned to Sanchez he wasn’t too complimentary. To paraphrase he said the kid is very aggressive, confident and often forces throws – “sometimes it works – sometimes it doesn’t.” He reiterated that point multiple times and the gist I took is that he isn’t buying the hype and the NFL will eventually catch up with Sanchez if he continues to force throws. He also uncharacteristically threw the Houston coaching staff under the bus; he openly said they didn’t react/adjust to the Jets’ defensive schemes.
    I thought Sanchez looked great & one of the best rookie performances I’ve ever seen. Sunday will reveal quite a bit about the 2 teams; however, my $$ is on NE.

  31. tacious says: Sep 15, 2009 7:38 PM

    Jenkins did not say they ARE going to the superbowl… he said they’re going to play it like the superbowl… So F_ing What… what is wrong with that statement?
    What part of “we’re going to play like it’s the superbowl,” or “we’re trying to set a precedent” is mouthing off, or cocky, or ill-advised?
    For Christ’s sake, I would think that most of you people out there would want your team to be pumped up for a huge divisional game.

  32. FireJerryJones says: Sep 15, 2009 7:41 PM

    Good for Rex.
    Got the go-nads to stick it out there.
    I’m sure his players love that confidence.

  33. cy farnsworth says: Sep 15, 2009 7:56 PM

    @ Moosechem
    “What makes you utter that the Pats are down? Hardly the truth… get real.”
    Probably has something to with the fact that they needed a once in a million lucky play to beat Buffalo at home.
    Repeat that: to beat the Bills at home. If you don’t think the Pats are vulnerable you didn’t watch last night.

  34. izball says: Sep 15, 2009 8:05 PM

    Rex looks like an overstuffed goldfish with down syndrome. I watched the last Jets game. You guys won’t get away with half of it. This is your best chance of beating the Pats –while they find an identity Come with a perfect game or you’ll lose.

  35. ravensos says: Sep 15, 2009 8:19 PM

    rex will probably call an unnecessary timeout just before the ball is snapped and have the patriot stopped, giving them a second chance, and then they will win the game. deja vu anyone?

  36. Alpheratz says: Sep 15, 2009 8:22 PM

    Jenkins did not say they ARE going to the superbowl… he said they’re going to play it like the superbowl… So F_ing What… what is wrong with that statement?
    Here’s what’s wrong:
    If you say that in week 2, and happen to lose the game, your words become meaningless for the rest of the year.

  37. Ralphie says: Sep 15, 2009 8:54 PM

    @cy farnsworth says:
    September 15, 2009 7:56 PM
    “…they needed a once in a million lucky play…”
    – Would that lucky play be the strip fumble of McKelvin?
    – The Pats recovery of the fumble?
    – The two passes to Moss and Welker that followed that strip for 15 yards?
    – Or the frozen rope that Brady hit Watson for 20 yards in double coverage in the end zone with 50 seconds left that won the game right after those passes to Moss and Welker?.
    There were a bunch of “lucky” plays.

  38. Backinthesaddle says: Sep 15, 2009 8:59 PM

    As always…we base our opinions on what we’ve just seen….ONE GAME by each team….not much to go on.
    With that said….the Jets D will be full of piss & vinegar while the Pats D is in the midst of a youth movement/rebuild. They may well be very porous early in the season until the young guys can learn and jell a bit.
    The Pats offense…if they can protect Brady…will start clicking on all cylinders and look out when that happens.
    I’m guessing Rex and his boys are going to throw everything AND the kitchen sink at Brady in an effort to pressure him. That will be the key for the Pats…execute quickly before the rush can be affective or in spite of the rush.
    Should be fun to watch. These teams hate each other.

  39. planktonDisciple says: Sep 15, 2009 9:13 PM

    pople say the Pats D was horrible, yet they only gave up 17. Brady’s silly int was the other 7. They do need to do better, but they weren’t horrible. On the other side, the offense wasn’t bad either. There were a few dropped balls and a few bad calls.
    I look forward to a good game. If the Pats get the kinks out of the offense they will put up over 30. Sanchez has his work cut out for him.

  40. ocgunslinger says: Sep 15, 2009 10:24 PM

    stanjam said it all “This will be the Jets best chance to beat the Pats. At home with the Brady shaking the rust off, gaining his confidence, and with a brand new defense just getting to know itself. This is their best opportunity”.
    The Jet’s have a punchers chance. It will be a close game decided by the bounce of the ball…..or turnovers. I think the Patriots have the will to pull it off.

  41. steeler-hater says: Sep 15, 2009 11:29 PM

    The Jets could win this game just so long as they make sure there aren’t any hidden cameras around watching their coaches…

  42. sevendollarbologna says: Sep 15, 2009 11:45 PM

    The only hidden camera on the the Jets head coach is from the Jenny Craig intervention program.

  43. MasterShake says: Sep 15, 2009 11:52 PM

    For the non-atheletes here, you can juice yourself to a level above a normal sense for a game, you can “stoke” yourself out. The mind acts quickly when you play sports and not D&D. Adrenaline is a helluv a drug. You’re willing to take risks that you normally wouldn’t do. Holy crap, I’m trying to explain actually playing sports to fantasy players. My bad.

  44. Matou says: Sep 16, 2009 1:45 AM

    The Jet – Texan game was the first game in about 4 years (That I can remember) where I did not utter the words “Same ol’ Jets”.
    I guess not many of you realize the quality players the Jets have. It’s not like they only won 4 games all of last year.
    They should have made the playoffs last year if it were not for Bret Favre throwing 102 interceptions the last 5 games of the season.
    I never saw a Jet team wanting to win so bad for their coach!
    The Jets are going to make a lot of noise this season!
    You’ll all find this out Sunday!

  45. jtedesco63 says: Sep 16, 2009 6:36 AM

    After watching both games closely… and I tried not to watch the Jets game as only a Patriots fan would (but as a football fan). I was impressed with the Jets defense… against the Texans. Lets be honest, Schaub is quite pathetic; he looked like the rookie out there. As for Sanchez, he looked good against a defense that was very mediocre. And to be honest, he might be doing it again on Sunday!
    “The Jets could win this game just so long as they make sure there aren’t any hidden cameras around watching their coaches…”
    Could we find any more out of date, more tired comment than that?
    I think the Jets are the better team right now. Not more talented, by any means, but more cohesive and feeling good about themselves, and hey, more power to them.
    However, rather than do all manner of talking about Super Bowls, (regardless of when they are being played) why don’t we just go out and let our play do the talking for us. The Jets could make a much louder statement by going out there on Sunday, smacking the Pats in the mouth (like I think might be able to based on what I saw this past weekend and Monday night) and then move on to the next game, and the next.
    Their coach should be preaching that mantra in fact, but he is too busy strutting around prattling on about not kissing rings. Well, I don’t recall anyone asking you to Rex. The thing is this, when you are young and so full of piss and vinegar as the Jets are, your ego is so fragile. You have so much further to fall due to all the chest pounding you are always doing. Why do you think coach’s like Parcells and Belichik and Cowher always keep their players so grounded? If the Jets go out and get creamed on Sunday ( No, I don’t think it will happen) what could that do to their collective psyche after all their trash talking since freakin March?
    I know, I’m just a Pats fan, what do I know? I think the Jets will win the battle this week end, but in the end, the Patriots will win the war, and quite possibly the REAL Super Bowl.

  46. Florios'Lawyer says: Sep 16, 2009 8:52 AM

    “…# doe22us says: September 15, 2009 4:53 PM
    Delusional team these JETS…”
    Let me get this straight.
    Tom Brady “calls his shot” and he’s a hero.
    The Jets show a little swagger and their “delusional”?
    Pats fan alright.

  47. overkil2 says: Sep 16, 2009 8:57 AM

    “Zinn says:
    September 15, 2009 6:55 PM
    The jets may be the most talented in the league returning 11 of their 12 pro bowl players and alternates from last year.

    I love statements like this.
    How far in the playoffs did these Pro Bowl Players get them? Oh, wait, they didn’t even make it. As a matter of fact, they were 3rd in the division.

  48. Monstersport says: Sep 16, 2009 9:05 AM

    the JETS are starting to burn mroe fuels right now by the kick off time, they ran out of fuel and crash.
    After the every Pats player will get a free Lap Dance at Foxy Lady paid by BB.

  49. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 16, 2009 9:48 AM

    “We’re trying not to post too many stories about the fortunes of the New York Jets”
    We understand – NBC (and most of the other networks) always puts way too much attention on the NY teams, whether they deserve it or not.

  50. freekwhc says: Sep 16, 2009 11:09 AM

    Florio, you need to get a grip. This is a statement that boatloads of players and coaches have used before. And as a Jets fan, I couldn’t be happier. The team realizes to legitimize itself, it has to beat a team everyone accepts as a top-flight team.
    Nevermind that Houston had the 3rd ranked offense last season, because they’re not a main-stream team, it’s “just beating the Texans.”
    I’m not saying the Texans are better than the Pats, because they absolutely are not. But to dismiss the win as beating a bad team, isn’t really fair.
    If anyone really thinks that the Jets will wear themselves out getting pumped for this game, or that their trash-talking will take away from their focus, or any of this other misnomers…it’s just not true. These guys are professional athletes, and ones that were couped up like animals last season and finally have been set free. They love this team, love the fans, love the system and most of all LOVE their coach. They’d run through brick walls for Rex, and that brings a whole new element to this team that it most certainly lacked the previous 3 seasons under Coach Robot.

  51. footballnut says: Sep 16, 2009 1:34 PM

    Florios’Lawyer says:
    September 16, 2009 8:52 AM
    “…# doe22us says: September 15, 2009 4:53 PM
    Delusional team these JETS…”
    Let me get this straight.
    Tom Brady “calls his shot” and he’s a hero.
    The Jets show a little swagger and their “delusional”?
    Pats fan alright.
    Big difference there genius. Jenkins spoke to the media, (which I have no problem with as he just said they are preparing for blah, blah, blah and not saying they are going to the big dance) Brady said it in a huddle of which a teammate of his mentioned this AFTER the game.
    Evel Knievel couldn’t even make the jump you just made with that comment…

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