The Jets are coming off an impressive 48-28 win over division opponent Buffalo. They had little time to revel in it, with the tough task of going up against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday. Coordinators Tony Sparano and Mike Pettine are busily getting their squads ready. They looked ahead to the game in their press conferences this week. First, coach Sparano talked about leaning on veterans when going into a hostile environment:
One of the things is that you lean on your veteran players that have been there. It sounds to me like it didn’t go well, it obviously didn’t go well the last time they were there, but it had gone well a time before that. There are some guys in the room that have won there and there are some guys who obviously recently lost a big game down there. That’s all in the past. Every year is a new year. I know that sounds kind of corny. (With) our football team, the thing that I think has been impressive is our veteran players and what they’ve done with the young players on the team. Having the experience of a (Nick) Mangold or Brick (D’Brickashaw Ferguson), these type of people, a Holmes, who has played there, and Sanchez, I think (sharing their experiences is) important to the young players like Stephen who have not played in Pittsburgh. I think that you can help them with that information and from a coaching standpoint, all of us have played there. We’ve been in that environment before and we’ve been in big environments before, so I think you can talk about those things too. We know it’s going to be a physical football game. We’re preparing for a physical football game. That’s the way it’s going to be played. Anytime you play Pittsburgh, it doesn’t matter where you play them, it’s going to be that kind of game.
When you have the right mix of guys, this is what happens. The young players lean on the veterans, and together they can play well in a hostile environment. It will be interesting to see how the offense works on Sunday.
Coach Sparano was evasive on the use of no-huddle, which the Broncos had success against the Steelers with. Look for it to come in spurts, but not to dominate the game, as it doesn’t play to Mark’s strength as much.