This Sunday’s Patriots/Jets games in NY will be broadcast by CBS and called by the number 2 team at the network, Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf.
In a conference call earlier this week, Dierdorf commented at length on the Patriots/Jets matchup:
(On New England QB Tom Brady): It’s not business as usual for Tom Brady because anytime you are coming back from an injury, it takes time. It is nothing new, unexpected or eyebrow-raising that Tom didn’t automatically look like he did in 2007 when he threw 50 touchdowns. You can’t take a year off and have major knee reconstruction and not have some rust early on. But what they didn’t operate on was his competitive spirit. That does not need any rehab. When the game is on the line, he is what he is. I think everybody around the NFL, with the exception of the Buffalo Bills and the other teams in the AFC East, were thrilled to see Tom Brady come back and do what he did on Monday night
(On Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez): The only problem with Mark Sanchez is with that performance in Week 1, he has really raised the bar. People are going to have to remember that he is a rookie and has played one game in the National Football League. Now the one game that he has played was flat-out outstanding. Certainly the reasons for optimism in New York are limitless based on how good he looked. But he’s got big shoes to fill and they are the shoes that Mark Sanchez left after Week 1. There’s a lot to like about this kid. If I was a Jets season ticket holder, I’d have a major reason to be fired up.
(On New England’s Defense): One thing is for sure, Mark Sanchez will spend the whole week being shown things by the Jets coaches about what to expect from New England and will see something defensively he has never seen before. That is Bill Belichick’s MO. He will try to get under Sanchez’s skin and into his head early, and make him uncomfortable. Having said that, this is not the same Patriots defense that won three Super Bowls. Lots of people are gone; Vrabel, Bruschi, Seymour, Harrison – there are a lot of talented people that are no longer playing in New England.
(On Jets’ defense): If you’re a defensive player, playing for a guy like Rex Ryan is a dream come true. It’s frustrating to play on a ‘read and react’ defense. Rex Ryan turns guys loose just like his father (Buddy) did. Knocking down the quarterback is almost a religious experience for them. You get a lot of latitude, a lot of freedom when you play defense for Rex Ryan. You have to play hard, but you’re going to get your shots.
(On New England-Jets): For the second week of the season, this game is too good to be true. To have this kind of emotional game this early in the season, this is more of what happens in December not in September.
Also this week in the national media:
Inside the NFL on Showtime:
CRIS COLLINSWORTH ON TOM BRADY: Tom Brady is the best player in football right now, so let’s start with that preface. I did see Carson Palmer after the knee injury and Carson Palmer was not the same guy. I mean there is something about playing quarterback and if you’re looking down you’re not playing quarterback…. Tom Brady, I think, will overcome it but I think you still have to watch him.
On Sunday morning on NFL Network, Marshall Faulk sits down with Raiders DE Richard Seymour. Also Vic Carucci reports from the Patriots-Jets matchup.
Sunday Morning Countdown
The program will include reports from Rachel Nichols covering the New England Patriots at New York Jets, Sal Paolantonio at the Saints – Eagles game, and Michael Smith in Chicago for the Steelers at Bears. Other highlights:
Mark Sanchez: New York Quarterback Pressure: Past Jets quarterbacks Joe Namath, Richard Todd, Ken O’Brien and Chad Pennington offer advice to rookie Mark Sanchez on the pressures of being a quarterback in New York, reports Jeremy Schaap.
NFL MATCHUP, SUNDAY 3 A.M. AND 7:30 A.M. ON ESPN
Patriots @ Jets – Hoge shows a play from last Sunday where the Jets were able to free up three defenders en-route to the quarterback and contends such plays will be key against the Patriots Sunday.
this week’s game will be broadcast to a national audience by Sports USA Radio Network. Larry Kahn and Tim Pernetti will call the game with Troy West handling the sideline reporting.
For those of you around the country, here are the invaluable maps which tell you which games you’ll be seeing on your local CBS and FOX affiliates.