Thursday Player Interviews (9/6)

Transcripts of interviews with selected Jets during the locker room media period before Thursday's practice:     

LB JONATHAN VILMA

On whether the team has prepared for the Patriots game for eight months …

The coaches did a good job of keeping us focused on the priorities. The priorities were minicamp, then the first two weeks of training camp when we were playing against each other, then the preseason games with a little sprinkling in of New England. Now the main focus is on New England and no one is really behind mentally because we actually took the time to get ourselves better and are now getting ready for the game.

On facing the Patriots without all of their players …

You want to play them when they are at their best. You want to play every opponent at their best. The injuries they have, I don't think they're going to affect them. They are still going to run their offense and do what they do. For us, it doesn't make a difference whether they are injured or not.

On the chess match between the head coaches …

We are here to play football. For them, they have their mental thing going. We have to execute. It always comes down to execution, who does it better and who doesn't turn the ball over. That has nothing to do with chess. If we don't turn the ball over, run the ball and control the clock, we should be all right.

TE CHRIS BAKER

On familiarity with the Patriots …

Obviously, we have a good idea. We played them three times last year and Coach [Mangini] was up there for a number of years with them, so we have a pretty good idea of what they want to do and things like that. It helps having familiarity with an opponent, knowing their schemes, their players and the things they like to do. It helps out. This is probably my 10th or 12th time playing against them, so it's been the same lessons. That always helps out a lot.

On the Patriots' defensive versatility …

You don't get a different team each time. You may get a different scheme. [Bill] Belichick game-plans teams differently and looks at us a certain way and has things he wants to attack and exploit. With the Patriots, we have a pretty good idea of what they're going to do against us.

On preparing for different defensive schemes …

It's still going to be 11 guys out there lining up. That is basically what it comes down to. I'm never intrigued by it, it's just one of those things where you have to prepare for multiple defenses and multiple fronts because they have so many things they can do with the personnel they have.

DB DARRELLE REVIS

On the Patriots offense …

The Patriots have a great receiving corps and a great quarterback and they will be throwing the ball a lot. As a secondary, you just have to play hard, do what you have to do to make plays and just go out there, have fun and try to win.

On preparing for the Patriots' wide receivers …

This is my first game. The only thing that I see is on film and what I've been doing is getting information from the veterans like David Barrett and Andre Dyson who have played against these guys. I've basically been getting my information from them.

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