Mike Tomlin on the New York Jets

Coach Mike Tomlin takes a look at this week's opponent – the New York Jets

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Q. How did the New York Jets beat New England?

A. They're probably more familiar and comfortable, quite frankly, playing the Patriots than anyone else. A lot of people around the league marvel at how we play Baltimore – well, we play them a lot. That can characterize the Jets-Patriots matchup as well. They had a great plan, they executed it at a high level, but they're comfortable with the matchup, they're familiar with the people and the strengths and weaknesses of that outfit. It showed.

Q. Has Rex Ryan backed off on the blitz since the playoffs began?

A. When it's appropriate, he has. When you're playing people like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady who decide when they want to get hit sometimes it's beneficial to mix things up. That's what they've done, and they've done it extremely well.

Q. Which of the Jets defensive players do you have to game plan around?

A. Jason Taylor, No. 99, because he plays in sub-package football and plays in a variety of spots. His location is critical. There's no question they have a bunch of great players, but you can usually identify where those guys are going to be. He's one of the guys who you really have to put a question mark around, in terms of where he's going to be from down-to-down whenever he's in the game.

Q. In the regular season meeting between these teams, Taylor tackled Mewelde Moore for a safety. Was that a great play that he made, or a mistake by the Steelers?

A. It was a lack of execution on our part, but it was great execution on his part. But that's one of the things I'm talking about when I talk about Jason Taylor. He slid down from the C-gap to the B-gap prior to the snap and executed a great get-off and got in behind our pulling offensive lineman and destroyed the play from behind.

Q. Is this the same Jets team that played the Steelers on Dec. 19?

A. About as much as we are the same Steelers team that played them. All teams grow and change a little bit over the course of the journey, but that game wasn't all that long ago and many of the major components are still in place.

Q. If there was one play from that Dec. 19 game that you could have back, which one would it be?

A. The opening kickoff. I'll take that one back. When you start by spotting people seven points, particularly good people, that's usually not a good feeling.

Q. The Jets rushed for 106 yards against the Steelers in that game. How did they do it?

A. They consistently ran the football throughout. We've had games where we've stopped people initially in the run, and they then moved on to other things. These guys have a personality, they're committed to it, and it showed over the course of the game.

Q. Do the Jets use Shonn Greene in different situations than they do with LaDainian Tomlinson, or are the two backs interchangeable?

A. What happens is LaDainian is the guy who leads them out of the gate. He's got better short-area quickness and burst, but as the game wears on you probably see less of LaDainian and more of Shonn Greene. He's a more powerful, more deliberate, more downhill runner, and he wins the war of attrition as games wear on.

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Q. What does Mark Sanchez bring to the table as a playoff quarterback?

A. For a young guy, he does an awesome job of taking care of the football. He doesn't get sacked a bunch, he doesn't throw the ball to the other team. He has a good team around him, and that's a great place for a young man to start, and that's a big reason why he's 4-1 as a starting quarterback in playoff football.

Q. In your opinion, is Darrelle Revis the best cover cornerback in football?

A. I don't know that anybody else has a strong argument, He's that good, and all you have to do is turn on the tape to see it. When he chooses to lock up on someone, very rarely are they open.

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