Q-and-A with Vinny Testaverde

Q)You guys keep falling behind in games. How important is it to get ahead early in Atlanta?

Testaverde: We always want to get off to a fast start. It's always better to play with the lead than from behind. The last few ball games, we've been playing from behind so it makes it tough. You hear it all the time, but all the mistakes we've been making are correctable, that's the good news. If we were just getting beat because we weren't as talented as the other team, then we'd be in for a long road, but there has to come a point where we stop making those mistakes and play consistent. That's the thing that Herm has been stressing to the players, and as players we have to take that to the field on Sundays.

Q)How many plays does Coach Heimerdinger script entering a game?

Testaverde: He gives us the first 15. He gives it to us.

Q)How much of a factor will the noise be in Atlanta?

Testaverde: Noise is a factor. It plays a factor into your game plan on how you approach certain aspects. Certainly, you take that into consideration during the week as you make your game plan. Will try to adjust accordingly knowing that it is going to be loud.

Q)How hard will it be to communicate on offense at the Georgia Dome?

Testaverde: I think last week we didn't communicate well. When you're out at practice or at a home game and one guy makes the call, pretty much everyone can hear it, it's not as loud. When you're on the road you have to be louder and you have to communicate. That's really the bottom line, to make sure the back knows what the protection calls are and those kinds of things.

Q)What are you thoughts on the Jets not pumping noise into the practice bubble to prepare for the Georgia Dome?

Testaverde: I've done it at different places that I've been. I can live either way. I think when you're out at practice sometimes you just like to get in quality work, and not be distracted and that type of thing, so when the game comes it's like second nature. You just go out and do it. A lot of coaches believe that is the kind of environment they're going to be in and to use noise, but I don't have a preference one way or another.


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