Skip to content

Wilfork thinks Jets' moves are only great "on paper"

After a 1999 season in which they went 10-6, the Washington Redskins added a bunch of big-name players in 2000, including Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders and Jeff George.

And then the Redskins proceeded to go 8-8.

As New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork thinks ahead to playing the New York Jets twice in 2010, he believes the Jets are on a similar path.

“Hey, the game is played between those lines right there,” Wilfork said, per the Boston Herald. “On paper, they’re making moves and great moves. But you know what? At the end of the day, it’s played between those lines. Don’t mean anything to us one way or the other.”

Whether it’s signing LaDainian Tomlinson or trading for Santonio Holmes or (possibly) adding Jason Taylor, the Jets certainly have added some names in 2010. Wilfork doesn’t sound impressed.

“We see each other twice a year, sometimes three,” Wilfork said. “So, it don’t bother us whatsoever. It just keeps our focus on what we need to do to be a better football team . . . but hey, more power to them.”

Permalink 58 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: New England Patriots, New York Jets, Rumor Mill, Sprint Football Live - Rumors, Top Stories
58 Responses to “Wilfork thinks Jets' moves are only great "on paper"”
  1. johnny1979 says: Apr 13, 2010 11:58 AM

    Jets are improved, Pats have done nothing – ADVANTAGE JETS.
    Screw you Wilfork, you fat pile of ****

  2. Minuteman says: Apr 13, 2010 12:00 PM

    Erm, he did sound impressed. Hence his comment about signing elite players.

  3. Ranoversquarells says: Apr 13, 2010 12:05 PM

    And this years paper champion goes to … *Drum Roll* The New York Jets!!!
    This officially ends the Washington Redskins 3 year winning streak.

  4. overkil2 says: Apr 13, 2010 12:07 PM

    I agree. We’ll see if all those moves pan out, or if they regress.
    I still think that their biggest question mark is at QB.
    12 TDs 26 INTs 2444 yds 53.8% Completion and 63 Passer Rating is nothing to write home about.
    If he can improve significantly over these numbers then they stand a good chance to go far into the playoffs.
    Oh, btw, to Jets fans who compared Henne to Sanchez, How about in 2 less games than Sanchez.
    12 TDs 14 INTs 2878 Yds 60.8% Completion, 75.2 passer rating.
    Both are still young and still have a lot to prove, but I like Henne better than Sanchez. I don’t think that you can only play 1 year of college ball and be at the same level as other players that played 3-4 years. It doesn’t mean that he won’t be good, but it will take longer.

  5. thebirdofprey says: Apr 13, 2010 12:07 PM

    They were already a solid team. They addressed needs -Opposite CB of Revis and the loss of their 1000 yard vet RB (Tomlinson will be that with this o-line and lead blocker) and receiver that can catch making sure defenses aren’t loading the box play after play. New England’s days on top of the division are long over.

  6. RIP__21 says: Apr 13, 2010 12:08 PM

    Jets are the new bully in the AFC East. They will prove it by winning 11-12 games this year and setting up a rematch with Peyton n company.

  7. Youngone says: Apr 13, 2010 12:09 PM

    I agree. This team won’t mesh together. Zero chemistry.

  8. Topher says: Apr 13, 2010 12:10 PM

    It is unclear to me what is so great about the Jets moves even on paper.

  9. PFTiswhatitis says: Apr 13, 2010 12:17 PM

    @johnny1979: Wilfork could be a fat POS and still smell better than the average Jets fan. Jets suck.

  10. westchiefs5 says: Apr 13, 2010 12:21 PM

    Exactly ranoversquarells. The Jets should definitely steer clear of improving their team during the off-season. Great point.

  11. jlbay says: Apr 13, 2010 12:22 PM

    “he believes the Jets are on a similar path.”
    You used the word “believes” when you should have used “hopes” . . . I don’t really think much of the Jets signing LT – he has done little enough in the past couple of years to prove that he is washed up . . . but Holmes (even for 12 games) is a player . . . I think Jason Taylor, having switched from end to LB, has some gas left in the tank . . . and I think Rex Ryan’s coaching style will be able to get the most out of Antonio Cromartie – and IMHO people are underestimating the value of this acquistion.

  12. last starfighter says: Apr 13, 2010 12:22 PM

    Looks like he’s afraid of the pats loosing the “most dislikable team” award to the jets and is trying to hold onto it!

  13. toothpick says: Apr 13, 2010 12:25 PM

    who’s vince wilfork?

  14. HarrisonHits says: Apr 13, 2010 12:25 PM

    Jets will go 8-8 and once again torture their fans. But hey, maybe they’ll get to play their Super Bowl in week 2 again so they can feel good about that.
    Or maybe they’ll even back into the playoffs again if 2 more teams lay down for them at the end of the regular season like the Bengals and Colts did last year.

  15. .RebaTe says: Apr 13, 2010 12:27 PM

    “Wilfork thinks Jets’ moves are only great “on paper”
    That’s not what he said.
    But I see you tossed in the word “only” to skew it properly.
    Attaboy MDS, Florio has taught you well, grasshopper.

  16. Matt says: Apr 13, 2010 12:32 PM

    When was the last time a team that made so may moves in the off season won a superbowl??? It simply doesn’t work!!!

  17. FinFan says: Apr 13, 2010 12:32 PM

    Wow I wish the Fins can sign a bunch of trouble makers, has beens, and premadonnas. Nah we’ll build through draft – its cheaper!
    GO FINS!

  18. BornSlippy says: Apr 13, 2010 12:34 PM

    Only Jets fans would think cromartie and LT are elite players.
    This is not 2006 boys and girls. Bad men equals bad karma. Jets still lost their best running back. An their whole team is up for FA after this year and they hav no depth with draft picks. Good luck to the upcoming fall.

  19. RUGGERLAD says: Apr 13, 2010 12:36 PM

    Ranoversquarells says:
    April 13, 2010 12:05 PM
    And this years paper champion goes to … *Drum Roll* The New York Jets!!!
    This officially ends the Washington Redskins 3 year winning streak.
    The Vikings if Favre resigns then the Cowboys look the best on paper cuz they don’t have any holes. The Jets have a couple but not many.

  20. opionatEd says: Apr 13, 2010 12:39 PM

    You guys here on PFT are haters, I don’t know what it is but I can tell by the stories that you publish on this site you don’t like the Jets. We have gone out and gotten a few Vets that are still good at “yard sale” pricing, and added a few others that were no longer wanted by their teams, that is hardly close to what the Skins paid for Deion, George, and Smith…So in other words Wilfork is just nervous that these Jets beat them once last year and now have gotten much better before the draft, and you guys just gotta stop hating on this team.

  21. NYGIANT says: Apr 13, 2010 12:39 PM

    say what you want about the patriots but they are still the team to beat in the afc east division. a team can sign and trade for all the big names they want but its all about chemistry and how the players play together as a whole. the Giants learned that last season having spent over 84 million and finishing with an 8 and 8 record. big names sometimes brings big egos and can ruin a teams chemistry if not coached properly. i hope the best for the jets and hope they succeed but they still have their work cut out for them.

  22. mrnclss says: Apr 13, 2010 12:52 PM

    how can anyone say zero chemistry? they added a veteran RB that wants to win a super bowl, a veteran WR that already has won a super bowl, and a veteran CB that knows he needs to get back to his ’07 season form if he wants to be in the league anymore! sounds like they won’t be able to gain a yard all season to me!

  23. Katmanduu says: Apr 13, 2010 12:52 PM

    Looks like the Steelers-Ravens rivalry has some company.

  24. Crowder911 says: Apr 13, 2010 12:53 PM

    big VIIIINCE how do you like your burgers???
    i love this dude
    thats exactly what im talking…
    everybody is talking about the “great” moves the JETS made…
    hellloooo….you refused to pay one of the best RBs in the AFC and replaced him for an old washed up Granny who used to be LTee
    Go get Brandon Marshall as well…good luck next season because the Jets arent going to run the ball and Mark Sanchez with the ball in the hand is like “Die Hard Bronx Scene”
    im not impressed at all

  25. Crowder911 says: Apr 13, 2010 12:56 PM

    Ranoversquarells says:
    April 13, 2010 12:05 PM
    And this years paper champion goes to … *Drum Roll* The New York Jets!!!
    This officially ends the Washington Redskins 3 year winning streak.
    waaait a minute…dont tell me the NEW JERSEY JESTS didnt win the 2009 Offseason Bowl.
    Wow that makes it 2 Off&Preasons in a row…4 years more Tannenbaum & Rexy and they can call them NewYorkSixy

  26. SPORTS1969 says: Apr 13, 2010 12:56 PM

    there sound moves lt will help outand holmes will catch the ball ,jets are adding depth ,new england is adding nothing

  27. checktheblock says: Apr 13, 2010 12:57 PM

    Let the jets grab all of the players other teams don’t want.
    Once the jets lose a couple of games they will start stabbing each other in the back like teenage girls.
    The only reason they made the playoffs last year is because they played their last two games against backups. I’ve never seen that before and it won’t happen again.

  28. klecko says: Apr 13, 2010 12:57 PM

    Yeah… a fifth rounder is really going to break the bank.

  29. sven_ftw says: Apr 13, 2010 1:04 PM

    i see the pats going big on d in the draft. with the addition of a back, and the progression of edelman, i think they’ll be pretty dialed in.

  30. Milton Berles Man Piece says: Apr 13, 2010 1:06 PM

    Wilfork just won the division.

  31. RedOokies says: Apr 13, 2010 1:07 PM

    The Jet’s best offseason moves were getting Kris Jenkins and Shonn Greene back.

  32. spudz says: Apr 13, 2010 1:11 PM

    Last time I checked the Pat’s were still the AFC East Champions. That wont change any time soon.

  33. PossibleCabbage says: Apr 13, 2010 1:17 PM

    The Jets offseason is really a high-risk high-reward sort of situation. With the personalities they’ve assembled in the locker room, a few setbacks could lead to out and out disaster. Every team is a few injuries away from a disappointing season, but the Jets may be a few injuries away from catastrophe. When you combine high expectations with selfish players, a bombastic head coach, and a QB who is not a proven leader you might not get what you want.
    The Jets are the one team I would give even odds for winning 11-12 games and losing 11-12 games.
    Sure, they’ve improved in free agency, but how often does that correspond to immediate success?

  34. johnny1979 says: Apr 13, 2010 1:19 PM

    @johnny1979: Wilfork could be a fat POS and still smell better than the average Jets fan. Jets suck
    PFTiswhatitis – Some Jet fans may smell, some may have no class, but the organization has never been found guilty of cheating!

  35. ignoringthehaters says: Apr 13, 2010 1:24 PM

    You haven’t heard? The Skins and Jets decided to challenge the Cheatriots to who can collect the most old, washed-up players. Winner gets an evening of intriguing dialogue with Belly-check.

  36. smithopher says: Apr 13, 2010 1:27 PM

    oh, the Jets lost their best running back? I’m pretty sure Shonn Greene is still on the roster. Anybody who watched last season could tell you Thomas Jones is washed up and only got so many yards because of superior blocking. Everyone who’s hating on the Jets, go right ahead. It wont change your teams fate when they play the Jets. They’re gonna win at least 10 games this season off defense alone. I think they’ll be 12-4. How does the best offensive line, the best overall defense, best pass defense, best scoring defense, and best run game translate to an 8-8 record? They were 9-7 last season with a rookie qb. Not to mention, Rex Ryan showed that he can really coach his team.
    As for Henne putting up bigger numbers than Sanchez, we ran the ball more than anybody else. I’m not shaking in my boots waiting for Henne to come beat us next year. I look forward to watching my Jets sack him at least 5 times next season (with maybe Jason Taylor contributing for a couple?!).

  37. Karlos Long 5877 says: Apr 13, 2010 1:31 PM

    The “New Jersey Jets”(Crowder911) are well on their way to becoming the laughing stock of the league. I am a diehard phin phan and I love that the NJJs are setting themselves up for failure.

  38. Free_Ryan_Leaf says: Apr 13, 2010 1:48 PM

    Coming from a Charger fan who has watched LT and Cromartie for years…Tomlinson has a decent amount of tread left on his tires…but nothing like his glory days. 800yds and 8 tds is gonna be a stretch. And Cromartie is gonna get exposed big time with every qb trying not to throw at Revis. Heaven help you when a running back comes full speed at him…he’s gonna shy away from contact like it’s a birth control device.

  39. Crowder911 says: Apr 13, 2010 1:56 PM

    smithopher says:
    April 13, 2010 1:27 PM
    oh, the Jets lost their best running back? I’m pretty sure Shonn Greene is still on the roster
    who is Shonn Greene? you mean the Shonn Green who fumbled? The Shonn Greene who came in after TJ did all the dirty work?
    i dont know..he might be good, he might not be…well lets say he didnt flash me…but umm how do you say overhyped in Jersey??
    as a Dolphins fans i used to fear the Jests for 3 reason
    - Thomas Jones
    - Leon Washington
    - Rex Ryan grabbing in the stances and eating childrean alife…
    LT in the last 2-3 games against Miami didnt do anything and averaged between 2.8-3.2 yds/carry
    thaaank you

  40. Crowder911 says: Apr 13, 2010 2:04 PM

    They’re gonna win at least 10 games this season off defense alone. I think they’ll be 12-4. How does the best offensive line, the best overall defense, best pass defense, best scoring defense, and best run game translate to an 8-8 record?
    dude who is doing your ranking???
    Rex Ryans Hot Dog dealer or
    The New Jersey Jests mascott
    (do you guys even got one? )
    how about trading for a mascott?? you should get a green christmas tree, as Tannenbaum means Christmas Tree in german, thank me later ;))
    anyways…
    the problem is…you are talking about last season…and thats just not how it works.
    To be honest if the Dolphins OC wouldnt be that dump and the Leagues others OCs would spend less time on scouting the opponents cheerleaders – you can destroy Rexys defensiv scheme pretty easy:
    spread em out
    4-5 WR sets (or include TEs out wide) throw the ball or run it out of the shotgun
    ps:
    cant wait for Ronnie running over Cromartie, wait thats not gonna happen, i guess Cromartie will jump and catch some air.
    ps II:
    you forgott to mention that the Jests are also no. 1 in stopping the wildcat..oh wait…well lets say in your rankings they are no. 1 (1 out of 1)
    ps III:
    since both new regimes Miami 2- New York 0

  41. finsbooyah says: Apr 13, 2010 2:23 PM

    No one here seems to be giving the Dolphins a chance which is pretty foolish. However, one thing is for sure…
    In 2010, the AFC East will be the most competitive division in football

  42. WallyWorld says: Apr 13, 2010 2:26 PM

    Jets backed into the playoffs by TWO teams tanking it at the end of the season. They have the worst QB in the division by far (and Buffalo doesn’t even have a QB). Most importantly they lost their best offensive player (TJ) and replacecd him with a petulant, worn out RB who will be a distraction (just ask his SD teammates) as soon as he is not getting enough touches. Just remember him sitting by himself in the playoffs pouting rather than cheering his teammates on when he was taken out in the playoffs. Add to that a WR who is suspended for the first 4 games of the season and is still facing assault charges (it was nothing really, we can fix him), another WR who consistently is among the league leaders in dropped balls each year (but he’ll play better for us), a CB who has digressed every season since his rookie year (but we can fix him), and an offensive coordinator who could do nothing at all last season once teams figured out if you force Sanchez to beat you, he throws picks by the bucket load you have a team that IS nothing more than a paper tiger. Al Davis would be proud.

  43. JetFan in Miami says: Apr 13, 2010 2:26 PM

    “anyways…
    the problem is…you are talking about last season…and thats just not how it works.
    To be honest if the Dolphins OC wouldnt be that dump and the Leagues others OCs would spend less time on scouting the opponents cheerleaders – you can destroy Rexys defensiv scheme pretty easy:
    spread em out
    4-5 WR sets (or include TEs out wide) throw the ball or run it out of the shotgun
    ps:
    cant wait for Ronnie running over Cromartie, wait thats not gonna happen, i guess Cromartie will jump and catch some air.
    ps II:
    you forgott to mention that the Jests are also no. 1 in stopping the wildcat..oh wait…well lets say in your rankings they are no. 1 (1 out of 1) ”
    _______________________________
    My God you’ve figured out the jets Defense in a Profootballtalk message board.. What team are you lending your brilliant mind to buddy? You mention running 4-5 WR sets against the Jets, but do you even have 4-5 WR’s that know how to play football on your team? Easier said than done buddy. Isnt Ronnie Brown on the trading block too? (hes definitely on the drinking block). The Dolphins offense IS the wildcat hence 12 TD’s 14 INT’s, and if you look at that second game against the Jets, i think you gained 7 yards from the Wildcat..
    I’m just sayin….

  44. Crowder911 says: Apr 13, 2010 3:05 PM

    4-5 wr sets = 4 wr + 1 te, 3 wr – 1 te 1 rb as wr etc
    umm as much as i know are besides the raiders wr corp all better than the Jests CB corps, Bart Scott cant cover his shadow, pace can only cover roids and your S is about 5’1

  45. JetFan in Miami says: Apr 13, 2010 3:34 PM

    wow you’re making less and less sense.. ( i won’t attack you for not being a grammarian). But what i took out of that statement, was that the Raiders WR core is better than the Jets CB core? (we beat the Raiders 38-0) Bart Scott had 92 tackles..i dont even know if the dolphins Linebacking unit had that combined. Calvin Pace had 8 sacks missing 4 games, and i believe Jim Leonhard is a better Safety than anyone you have? correct me if i’m wrong Crowder (dont get me started on Channing)

  46. 123456 says: Apr 13, 2010 3:46 PM

    Crowder, what grade did you drop out of school?

  47. Crowder911 says: Apr 13, 2010 4:06 PM

    you are right the New Jersey Jests are the best franchise in the galaxy and everybody else – just haters.
    talking sacks…ummm are you sure you wanna
    go there??
    gooo play with a certain orca in florida…
    it aint far.
    Maggie Scott can kiss Dansbys left pinky

  48. Robert James says: Apr 13, 2010 4:48 PM

    I suppose you can compare these two off seasons as they’re entirely similar. The Washington Redskins signed a 33 year old Deion Sanders, a 37 year old Bruce Smith, and a 33 year old Jeff George, who went from throwing to Cris Carter and Randy Moss to throwing to Irving Fryar and Larry Centers(the fullback).
    The New York Jets acquired 26 year old Antonio Cromartie and 26 year old Santonio Holmes and a 30 year old LaDainian Tomlinson to bolster units that were already exceptional to league average on a team that was one half away from the Super Bowl.
    So yeah, I can see where there are definite similarities. Good work guys.

  49. HellRelle24 says: Apr 13, 2010 6:38 PM

    i really cant say anything other than fans like crowder are just straight up arrogant and ignorant…who lets them actually speak their opinion? id be embarassed as a dolphin fan to have to cheer with arrogance like that

  50. Tombradysbaby says: Apr 13, 2010 6:44 PM

    LaDainian Tomlinson is one slip on the grass away from blowing out a knee.
    Santonio Holmes is a good 2nd receiver. He’s not, nor will he ever be the #1 pass receiving threat.
    or (possibly) adding Jason Taylor, please… The fact that NO team has made a move to pick up this polished turd should be all that needs to be said about this. Please Jets, sign Taylor so his ego can crush your defense.

  51. Scheer1852 says: Apr 13, 2010 6:58 PM

    The difference here, Florio, is that George, Sanders, and Smith were all towards the end of their careers. Holmes and Cromartie are only in their mid twentys and entering the prime of their careers. Also the Jets will not be relying on LT. Shonn Greene is their feature back not LT. And the Jets are adding these players to a team that just went to the AFC Championship Game. The Redskins were in a much different situation. So either you’re just an idiot or you’ve got something against the Jets. I’m just gonna go ahead and guess you’re an idiot.

  52. TheWizard says: Apr 13, 2010 7:32 PM

    LNew England’s days on top of the division are long over.
    Pats are defending division champs.
    Don’t talk. Produce.

  53. meeks13x says: Apr 13, 2010 8:20 PM

    wait wait wait……who is wilfork?

  54. dhrodgers52 says: Apr 13, 2010 8:52 PM

    Overkil2:
    1. Sanchez only threw 20 INT’s in the regular season
    2. Henne has had a few years to learn in the NFL while Sanchez was a rookie. Not to mention, Henne got to learn under Pennington who is one of the smartest QB’s in the NFL

  55. YawnFlorio says: Apr 14, 2010 2:15 AM

    @The Wizard
    The Pats may be division champs but the Ravens “whooped dat azz” but good, while the Jets made it to the AFC Championship game with a rookie QB. Expect more decline by the aging Pats while the rising Jets take that division championship from your fading team.
    @Crowder
    Learn how to spell correctly and use proper grammar, moron.

  56. monropoobah says: Apr 14, 2010 5:31 AM

    how can you keep talking about a bucketfull of interceptions. the qb was a rookie.
    you’re right, we had a superbowl in week 2 but no more. we just won’t care as much about the pats as you fall by the wayside.
    the jets have added pieces to a successfull team. the skins tried to create a team. that’s a pretty big difference.

  57. biggregmoney says: Apr 14, 2010 12:23 PM

    Hey, FinFan. You got your wish.
    Hello, Brandon Marshall.
    And to Johnny1979, he’s right. On paper, the Jets have made some impressive moves. But, it’s only on paper. Gotta play the games. Stop hatin’.

  58. TheWizard says: Apr 14, 2010 11:23 PM

    . Expect more decline by the aging Pats while the rising Jets take that division championship from your fading team.
    Talk.
    No wonder they picked up LT

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!