As is the customary practice in the NFL, the television broadcast team that will call the weekend’s game stops by for production meetings at the home team’s headquarters on Friday. CBS had their No. 1 crew — Jim Nantz and Phil Simms — at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center today and we had the opportunity to catch up with Simms to discuss the Jets-Patriots clash.
“I hate to say it, but it’s big,” he said of the game’s magnitude for the Jets. (Click here to view the Jets TV interview with Phil.) “The NFL is so rough and it’s so hard. To go 0-2, your margin of error goes down and it just makes it harder. The way the league usually works, you’re going to lose one or two games during the year that you should have won, that you just dominate everything and somehow you lose. That happens, so to go 0-2, it’s a tough road.”
The Jets couldn’t get too much of anything going offensively against the Ravens, but Simms was more complimentary of the opponent’s defense than he was critical of the Jets’ offense.
“Alex Rodriguez doesn’t bat .400 against the best pitchers in baseball. I remember playing against the Philadelphia Eagles, who had a tremendous defense, and thinking, ‘Wow, if I can go 10-for-25, it would be great day.’ That’s kind of how I look at it,” he said during our on-camera interview. “The Jets hung in there. It didn’t quite work out, but it’s a long year and I think they have a lot of talent so it’s going to be fine.”
The Mark Sanchez skeptics were out in full force this week, but Simms remains high on the Green & White’s second-year passer.
“He’s still mobile, he still has a tremendous personality and he can make all the throws. Nothing’s changed and I say that right now,” Simms said. “I think the biggest thing for Mark Sanchez is getting more into the flow of the game and that’s the coaching. The coaches have to help him do that and I’m sure they will. The biggest point is he isn’t facing the Baltimore Ravens defense every week.”
In a defensive battle, Simms knew the Jets had held up their end of the bargain as well. But when he reviewed the game video, he determined that the Green & White had “physically dominated” on the defensive side. Last year in Week 2, New York’s AFC representative rattled Tom Brady and held the Patriots to just three field goals in an upset win.
“The New England Patriots had all offseason to look at all those blitzes and to think of a new way to attack the Jets defense,” he said. “Everybody has a lot of answers on the chalkboard, but do they work on the field? And that’s what we’ll find out. But I know we’ll see some different stuff from the Patriots than we did last year.”
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