If there was any doubt that the New York Jets-New England Patriots rivalry is the most heated and entertaining in the NFL – apologies to Ravens-Steelers and Bears-Packers, among others – then that doubt should be gone after all the Jets trash-talking this week.
New York’s players are in the mold of their outspoken coach Rex Ryan, who is never bashful about anything and already has made a few headlines this week. The Patriots prefer to let their play do the talking and follow the quiet confidence lead of coach Bill Belichick.
However, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has taken things to a different level this week. When asked what kind of guy Patriots QB Tom Brady was, Cromartie replied: “An a——… [bleep] him.”
Apparently Cromartie, Ryan and the rest of the Jets were angered when Brady pointed to the Jets’ sideline after throwing a touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter on Dec. 6, which gave New England a 38-3 lead in its eventual 45-3 win.
“We see that a lot. He does it a lot,” Cromartie said. “That’s the kind of guy he is. We really don’t give a damn, to tell you the truth. … I don’t have to play against him. I play against the receivers.”
This is really the first time anyone has criticized Brady’s on-field behavior. Ryan defended his player.
“Obviously, as an organization, we respect Tom Brady, there is no question about it,” Ryan said. “But hey, is there dislike between us and Brady, and Brady against the Jets, of course there is. … Am I going to punish Cromartie for saying something, or whatever? No. I know one thing, we respect New England, but we don’t fear them. A comment like that, it’s just the fact they’re the enemy as we look at them this week.”
Cromartie’s comments follow Ryan’s assertion that Sunday’s AFC playoff game is “personal” between him, Brady and Belichick.
New England is currently a 9-point favorite over the Jets on Bodog’s NFL odds.
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