The Jets continue to pile up the trash-talk, but as gameday creeps closer what’s fueling Patriots running back Laurence Maroney isn’t the soundbites. It’s the thought of playing in a game he knows will be as physical as any this season.
“I can see it now,” he said. “It’s going to be one of those to where you dream about playing in. One of them rough games where you know you’re going to have to play all 60 minutes and it’s going to be a physical game.”
In his days in Baltimore, Rex Ryan was known for throwing defenders around like darts and the Patriots expect the same. From the backfield, one of Maroney’s jobs will be to make sure none of those darts strike Brady.
“That’s what they make shoulder pads and helmets for,” said Maroney, who had 10 carries for 31 yards in Monday's 25-24 win over the Bills.
Of the duties he’ll be checking off Sunday, one of the top priorities, he said, is blitz protection.
“Stand up to the blitz,” he said. “It’s a lot of what they call blitz protection. Going up there and hitting the linebackers in the mouth and being physical. It’s going to be a physical game, and we’ve got to be ready for it all 60 minutes."
Maroney said he’s watched film of the Patriots game against Baltimore two years ago, when Baltimore nearly ruined the Patriots’ perfect regular-season run but wound up falling, 27-24.
“I’ve been watching a lot of Baltimore’s film, and watching a lot of Jets film,” Maroney said. “And just trying to see a lot of things that Baltimore did that they can possibly do."
As far as keeping his ear to the streets, Maroney said that’s a different story. From Ryan refusing to kissing rings, to Kris Jenkins giving this game Super Bowl status, to Kerry Rhodes saying the his team was out to "embarrass" the Pats this weekend, the Jets have done a lot of talking. Maroney said the only way he’s hear it has been second- or third-hand.
“I’m just now getting informed because ya’ll telling me, but it’s funny just listening to it,” Maroney said. “That’s their opinion. Sorry they feel that way. … I just can’t wait for the game to get started, you know, because, you hear a lot of talking, and we just do our talking on the field.”