1495 Sports Jets Quotes 9/12/12

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1495 Sports is proud to bring these New York Jets quotes from 9/12/12 as the team prepares to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan:

Opening Statements:

“This week we’re playing Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh. This is our third time playing them, and our third time playing at Pittsburgh. It’s about as tough a place to play as there is in football. The fans are outstanding. Anytime I go into a stadium, I don’t know why I do this, but anytime I go into a visiting stadium and I’m hearing all the heckling, which is good, I always look at the jerseys (fans are wearing). How many different players’ names do they have on (their jerseys)? They have (Jack) Lambert, (Terry) Bradshaw, Joe Greene, Mel Blount. They have Hines Ward. They have Jerome Bettis and then they have a million of their current players. (Troy) Polamalu (jerseys), it seems like a ton of people have those. Most of the women out there, they’ll have the Polamalu jerseys or the Jack Lambert jerseys (joking), obviously. But you go in there and it’s kind of neat to see. Then (you think), ‘Man, we’re facing a good football team,’ with the Roethlisberger’s and all that kind of jazz. I don’t know why I always look at (the jerseys). I don’t know why I’m bringing that up (laughter), but it’s Pittsburgh, so that’s it. (We have) had some great battles against these guys, lost two (AFC) championship games (to them), you don’t forget that. You have to go in there, this is as tough (of a) place as we talk about playing (in), and it’s based on the fact that they have an excellent football team and they get after it. They have seven players who are over 30 years old on their defense. You see that. They don’t make mistakes.”

On if the team is mentally prepared for the game Sunday…

“Every Wednesday, I’ll talk about the upcoming game and make sure they understand what I see as the challenges for the week, who they are, the players that they have, what they do schematically, different things. I try to give our players an overall view. That’s with the whole team in there. We talk about special teams, offense and defense. It’s just a quick overview of the opponent and I think I like to do that with everybody in there so it kind of gives them an overall picture of what they can expect.  It’s not just one side of the ball is worried about what they do, obviously that’s what their job is, but I like to let the entire team know who we’re up against.”

On if he has different rules for his defensive players going after Roethlisberger:

“The big thing about him is you have to be under control.  He’s a big guy that shakes off tacklers, so you have to do a tremendous job at tackling. That’s it.  But in the back end of the play, you can never assume the play’s over.  You have to do a great job in your coverage and plastering your receivers down the field. You have to do that because time and time again he makes huge plays. Whether he’s throwing it deep this way, across the field, wherever. Number one, he’s an extremely talented guy but he’s got an unbelievable knack for  avoiding the rush and shaking off tacklers.”

On if it looked like Pittsburgh has placed an emphasis on getting rid of the ball quickly:

“You don’t want your quarterback to take hits. I certainly understand getting the ball out of his hands a little quicker. He’s also such a weapon that he is going to make plays down the field. Todd (Haley) is an outstanding coordinator. He’s going to do what his quarterback does. I think it’s kind of a combination and I think you’re starting to see more of an emphasis on the running game. You mentioned the quicker passes, you’re seeing some of those, but you’re also seeing where Ben drops back and extends plays and tries to get the ball down the field. He has some burners out there and they try to take advantage of it.”

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin

On his impressions of the Jets after Week One…

“I thought they complemented themselves very well in all three phases. What I mean is, the offense capitalized on short fields, of course. They did a nice job of putting points on the board, not field goals, but touchdowns. The special teams came through with a big play. I just thought it was a good representation of a quality effort in all three phases of the football team.”

On Mark Sanchez…

“We didn’t play those guys last year, so I don’t really have a fresh recollection of how he played recently. I thought he did a nice job. The things I think about when I think about him are his accuracy and mobility, not only in terms of when plays break down, but designed pocket movement. I thought he did a nice job.”

On what he’s expecting to see from Tim Tebow on Sunday:

“I don’t necessarily have the answer to that. That’s something that they control, from a play-calling standpoint. I know that we better be prepared for more than what I saw him do in the game on Sunday. That wasn’t very different from what was done in Miami with the likes of Pat White, Rodney Brown, or others. Obviously, he’s a capable passer. That’s an element of it that we need to be prepared for.”

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez:

On how he plans to keep the momentum heading into Pittsburgh:

“Well, the most important thing is executing.  It started today in practice. I thought we had great tempo in practice, working with the crowd noise, getting ready to play in a tough environment.  We’re going to have to be even sharper than last week and improve upon some of the mistakes we had. (We have to) take care of the football and play fast and smart.  We’re in for a big challenge.”

On Pittsburgh’s defense:

“It’s a sound group, it’s a veteran group, like you said. These guys can pattern read, they read the quarterbacks eyes, they are a fast-flow defense and an aggressive front seven and great on backend as well. It’s going to be one of our toughest challenges all year.  We’re going to have to hold up well up front. It’s on me to make quick decisions, deliver the ball accurately to the right guy and we have to get open with the wide outs and play well in the run game.  It’s going to take a complete effort and our best effort.”

On the keys to being successful against Pittsburgh:

“Taking care of the football, being accurate, (having) a great plan, which I think we’re still making right now.  It took a great week of practice both times.  We have to come out and play well, really play sharp.  (We) can’t allow any penalties on the road and (we have to) really handle the crowd noise.”

Tim Tebow had this to say…..

On facing Pittsburgh’s defense:

“It’s a big time challenge. They’re a great team. They’ve got a great defense and a lot of great players. (They have) a lot of veterans. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I think we are as a team and definitely as an offense.”

On if he is content with his role:

“I’m definitely competitive, but the number one thing to help competitiveness is winning footballgames. However I can help this team to win football games; that is the ultimate goal. That’s why we’re all here, to win the game. Whatever I can do to help us win football games; that is what I’m going to do.”

On what clicked against Pittsburgh’s defense last year:

“I think we opened it up a little bit more too in that game, because we knew they were going to be physical up front, so we were going to have to try and open it up, and we did. We were able to hit some big plays. I think we continued on that path, I think we still were balanced in that game, but we took our shots and we hit them in that game. I think that’s something when you’re playing a team like that, that is that good up front, and shows you so many looks, when you get your opportunities for big plays, you have to capitalize and hit them.”

Cornerback Kyle Wilson had this to say….

On how much of an adjustment it is moving from covering the slot to the outside:

“Not much. Obviously, I’ve been practicing it. It just comes with my game. It just comes with the territory. I have to be able to know all the positions and I do. It doesn’t really change anything for me regarding my focus or attention to detail. Its stuff you prepare for every single week.”

On what has allowed him to elevate his play this year:

“I’m a lot smarter. I use my experience to my advantage. Over time, I just continue to work on things. I just want to get better at my technique (and) playing multiple positions in this defense. I just want to elevate my game.”

On Pittsburgh’s wide receivers:

“They have a good group of wide receivers. It’s definitely a challenge for us, but I like the challenge we have this week. We’re going out there looking to win.”

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