Jets' Mark Sanchez Wednesday News Conference

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Here’s the Transcript of quarterback Mark Sanchez’s news conference after Wednesday’s afternoon practice, courtesy of the New York Jets:

On the difference between Buffalo’s defense this year as opposed to last year…

Well, they’re just playing a lot smarter and are just playing a lot better. And those two additions of their draft pick [Marcell] Dareus and [Nick] Barnett at linebacker make an already good unit really good. They’re just playing teams really tough, playing teams tough for all four quarters, and there’s no quit in these guys. They’re a much better, much improved team. So it’s going to be a huge challenge for us to go into their place and try and come out with a win but we’re going to have to play really well and really smart.

On Buffalo’s defense creating a lot of turnovers…

Absolutely, I think they’re number one in the league, if I’m not mistaken, in interceptions, and they have a few fumbles as well. They get them multiple times in a game, so that can just really hurt an offense. We need to play smart, can’t give them anything and we have to be in it for all four quarters and not let up.

On the potential weather problems in Buffalo…

Sure, ball security this week is at a premium. One, because of the way they play and two, because of potential weather. So that’s an important aspect of this game and usually the team that takes care of the ball best wins.

On coming back from the bye week…

It feels good. I think we had a great Wednesday and our goal is to win today and be sharp. That’s what we felt we were doing. So we have to make some corrections from the practice, but I liked our effort, I liked our intensity and I liked our speed, and the emphasis and the game plan — I really like our base game plan. Now we have to carry it over to third down, red zone and play well.

On keeping up the momentum from the Chargers win…

I think we had a great plan, and I think Coach [Brian] Schottenheimer, Coach [Matt] Cavanaugh, Bill Callahan, Hank [Ellard], Coach [Anthony] Lynn, Coach [Mike] Devlin, everybody, they have the right plan. They really coached so hard before that bye week, and nothing has really changed. It feels like it’s that same intensity. It feels like these next couple weeks we have to go on a little run here, and it starts this week. But I was proud of the way we really converted on third down and kept doing it in a row. That was big and everybody stepped up. It was JK [Jeremy Kerley], it was Tone [Santonio Holmes], it was Plaxico [Burress], it was everybody, Dustin [Keller] and the backs, so that was huge.

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