There is little doubt that the Jets have edged the Redskins to be crowned April’s champions. No team has had a better offseason than the Jets, who have acquired CB Antonio Cromartie, RB LaDainian Tomlinson and WR Santonio Holmes in the months following their loss to the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.
The Jets are also in the mix to add LB Jason Taylor in their quest to reach the Super Bowl. (Although, it can be argued that Cromartie and Tomlinson already played a big part in helping the Jets get to the AFC title game, as members of the Chargers. The duo are now just official members of the Jets now.)
These moves have generated headlines. But one member of the Patriots notes that those moves look great — on paper (via the Boston Herald).
Nose tackle Vince Wilfork met with reporters at Gillette Stadium while promoting his draft-day fundraiser for diabetes on Tuesday, and said that while the Jets team looks good now, the team has to perform on the field.
“Hey, the game is played between those lines right there,” Wilfork said while pointing to the turf. “On paper, they’re making moves and great moves. But you know what? At the end of the day, it’s played between those lines. Don’t mean anything to us one way or the other. We see each other twice a year, sometimes three. So, it don’t bother us whatsoever. It just keeps our focus on what we need to do to be a better football team… but hey, more power to them.
“When that time comes, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a big deal — the Jets and the Patriots. When that day comes, it’ll be won between those lines right there, not on paper.”