Earlier this week, Dierdorf offered his thoughts on Sunday’s matchup.
(On Jets-Tennessee): At this point, nobody knows what kind of team they are yet. The first four games of the season are all about trying to find a team’s identity. When I first saw this game on the schedule, I certainly didn’t think that one of these teams was going to come out of it at 3-1. I don’t think anybody had that thought. Come Sunday night one of these teams, though they won’t say it, is going to be tickled pink. They’re going to be surprising a lot of people, and again even though they won’t say it, probably even themselves.
(On Jake Locker): This is his third year. And this is the time where you want to see a quarterback take some steps in the right direction. And in their first three games, he certainly has done that. The people in Tennessee are pretty pleased with Jake Locker at this point, but I think they’d really like to see a breakout game in their passing game. That’s going to be hard to do against the Jets.
(On Jets defense): Rex Ryan has his guys playing good defense. That is what he does. No surprise. The Jets defense is getting it done. This game is going to be a struggle for the Tennessee offense. They’re going to have to scratch for every yard against the Jets.
(On Geno Smith): Like all rookie quarterbacks, Geno Smith is going to be a work-in-progress. If the Jets can get back to the formula of running the football, which is what I think they’re trying to do, and protect Geno Smith, then they have a chance (this season). Geno Smith is not ready to have to throw the ball 35-40 times a game and carry the team on his shoulders like that. That’s just the way it is with rookie quarterbacks.
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