Friday, December 6, 2013
By Mike Lowe firstname.lastname@example.org
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New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork speaks with the media in the locker room at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. The Patriots play the New York Jets on Thursday in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
Ninkovich, who has more fumble recoveries (10) than any other NFL player over the last four years, said the sideline changes aren't huge, just a little tinkering here and there. But they are crucial.
"You get into the game, you see the things that they're trying to do against you," he said. "You get to the sidelines, you talk to the coaches, you look at the pictures, you try to make your adjustments on the fly."
The Patriots have obviously studied tape of the Jets from the preseason and from their opener against Tampa Bay, focusing on the new players such as quarterback Geno Smith. But, said Ninkovich, you know the Jets will have something special for the Patriots.
"We're the Patriots and there's always going to be a change-up for us," he said.
Well, according to Rex Ryan, if you didn't throw something different at the Patriots, you're just asking to lose.
"If they know 100 percent of what you're in, you're in trouble," Ryan said Tuesday in his conference call. "I hope they don't know what we are in 100 percent of the time."
Wilfork said the short week is just another challenge facing an NFL team. Next week, the Patriots will have a long week to prepare for their third game, against Tampa Bay.
"At this point," Wilfork said, "all we can do is prepare the best we can."
And hope that it's enough.
"Whether it's easy or hard, the New York Jets are dealing with the same circumstances," wide receiver Julian Edelman said. "Whoever prepares better is going to have the best game Thursday. That's what we're trying to do here."