Know Thy Enemy: Week 2: New York Jets vs New England Patriots

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Jul 30, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) talks with tight end Rob Gronkowski (right) during training camp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a short turnaround as we all know, so too is a short turnaround for this week’s installment of “Know Thy Enemy”. This week, we talk to a good buddy of our website, Joe Soriano. He edits the site geared to that team up in New England, Musketfire.

Hopefully you can bear it, us talking to a guy that writes about the New England Patriots for a few minutes.  Ha, ha, I kid of course.  Joe is actually a terrific writer, and he has a great staff.  If I ever have occasion to search for information about his team, Musketfire is the first place I go.  Please check out his site at the link above.

Take a look at our conversation:

THE JET PRESS: That was a close one in Buffalo.  Was it just working out the kinks, or in your mind, was it a sign of problems with the Pats going forward?

MUSKETFIRE: My opinion on the Patriots hasn’t changed as a result of that game, other than the fact that I realize that there are going to be more growing pains than
initially thought. I think some of us simply had unrealistic expectations of how
fast players like Kenbrell Thompkins would gel. My main concerns about this team
lie in injuries, because having both Shane Vereen and Zach Sudfeld potentially
out puts a strain on the Patriots offense. Those two are versatile weapons, and
losing them hurts the passing offense schematically and the entire offense as
far as production goes (Vereen’s injury is a significant blow, but it isn’t
catastrophic by any means). The Patriots issues are the same as they were before
the game, and the things that killed the Pats were fixable and usually
infrequent; fumbles.

TJP: One guy that has killed the Jets, as you know, is Rob Gronkowski.  Is he going
to play on Thursday night, to your knowledge?

MF: I don’t think Gronk will play, and I hope he doesn’t play. The Patriots need to
give Gronkowski another week of rest before trotting him out in Week  3 against
the Buccaneers, and they shouldn’t stretch the timeline. It’s a short week, and
I think it’s a good idea to stick with Week 3 as the timeline, because that’s
what reports in August had it tabbed as. Definitely don’t rule out Gronk for
Week 2, though, and there is a heightened chance that he will play with Zach
Sudfeld suffering from a pulled hamstring. We don’t know how severe Sudfeld’s
injury is, but his absence would give the Pats just one active TE (Michael
Hoomanawanui). That could force the Pats to play Gronkowski, so this is
definitely a situation to monitor closely. And Gronk kills everyone, not just
the Jets.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    nice job, guys, and yes alan, joe runs a great site up there despite the fact that fansided has really yahooed up both of your sites. along with covering the pats they also manage somehow to give fair coverage to the rest of the afc east. coverage more fair than what we see from the ny clown media as well as the national media, led by espn, the only network to employ hundreds of people to watch football games with blinders on, “keep the sunglasses in place and the headphones on. we’ll tell you EXACTLY what happens!” i know we’re hated by the media but to rank the jets 32nd? i mean really, 32nd?!?!? when did the raiders secede from the nfl? sheesh! and they get paid for their opinions!?!? and people spend their time listening to that nonsense and then repeating it and we wonder why and how the things we see on the news happen. and i thought politicians were overpaid!

    • Alan Schechter

      Thanks Matr. Joe does a great job. I don’t mind them putting us 32nd, we use that as motivation!

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Thanks for the kind words, and I am a huge fan of this rivalry. The funny thing is that people don’t realize how much both teams praise each other. I mean, just look at how Geno gushed about the Patriots defense or how Rex Ryan defended Tom Brady after a presumably stupid reporter stated that Tom Brady struggled against the Bills (that must have been a really stupid question, because anyone who watched that game knows that Brady’s low stat-line was not his fault).

      • matr dontelli iii

        While the two teams have been divisional foes since the old AFL days they never really became rivals until parcells hideously left NE to come here. It was then intensified when belichek left here for there in a fashion not much classier. It then died down a bit as we hired rookie head coach after rookie head coach until we hired mangini, which spiked it up again and since then it’s actually gone up. The playoff win did wonders for the rivalry but we’re gonna need to win one this year to keep it fresh. Had we not won that playoff game it would only be a rivalry from our side. We’d be like pest little brothers to you guys. I’ve said countless times, if we can get decant ‘c’ level quarterback play we can contend for the playoffs, but it would sure be easier if the running game or specials asserted themselves like the old days. I just hope this Thursday night isn’t like the last Thursday night game between us!

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