It’s no withheld secret that the NFL’s New York Jets and New England Patriots are not too fond of each other and that has obviously been the case for some time now. But with the two gearing up to face each other this Sunday in an AFC heavyweight showdown, the gloves have already begun to come off, or should I say the tape has been removed from their mouths.
The last point went to New England, following an utterly embarrassing 45-3 blowout late in the regular season, but Jets charismatic Coach, Rex Ryan all but guarantees a different account this go around. However, other than a few statements here and there, strictly regarding the game itself, the talk has gotten personal, from coach attacking coach to coach attacking player to player attacking player. But are you really surprised with such any time Rex Ryan is involved?
Just days after Jets head coach, Ryan commented in regards to the game being a personal test between himself and Pats coach, Bill Belichick, Jets corner, Antonio Cromartie had some words for Patriots’ future hall of fame quarterback, Tom Brady.
Evidently some of the Jets’ players along with Cromartie have taken notice of Brady’s on field antics and have been complaining that he often times shows his emotion to the opposing team’s sidelines, even point their direction on occasion.
“We see that a lot. He does it a lot,” Cromartie told the Daily News. “That’s the kind of guy he is. We really don’t give a damn, to tell you the truth.”
When further questioned as to the type of guy Brady is, Cromartie said, “ass – that’s what I think about him. I don’t really give a damn about him. I don’t have to play against him. I play against the receivers.”
While that may have been a tad harsh, the majority of the CB’s teammates have backed him regarding his comments, as well as his leader, Ryan. And as for Brady’s follow up, he merely mentioned that he’s sure many people think that and worse of himself. Not taking the bate, Tom. Now that’s no fun.
I feel that Cromertie may have bitten off a little more than he can chew in this instance as Brady, being the league’s top QB, might be even more juiced up for the tussle come Sunday afternoon. And oh yeah, my money is on the Pats.
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