In what is almost becoming as predictable as a Super Bowl guarantee from Jets coach Rex Ryan, media covering the Jets and the team's players spent more of their time in the offseason talking about the Patriots today.
All the media outlets in New York are covering the war of words (is it a war when it's one sided?), but I saw Manish Mehtra's quotes from the New York Daily News first.
Here's a sampling.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis on referring to Bill Belichick as a "jerk" on ESPN a few months ago:
“I gave my honest opinion,” Revis said. “You guys know me very well. This isn’t the first time me speaking what I need to speak about something. I talked about the Randy Moss stuff ... It’s just how I felt. That’s how I feel. I feel that people let him slide when he says his smart remarks [on] certain things. He says comments about us like he never coached here ... He did. That’s just how I felt. So they told me to sum it up. I gave one word. He can take it how he wants. He can say [whatever] he wants to say back. “Even if he says something back,” Revis added. “I’m not going to get into a jawing [match] with him. I said what I had to say. He still has to coach and I still have to go out there and play.”
Revis said he found Belichick's attitude toward the Jets disrespectful:
“I have respect for him. Winning is winning,” Revis said. “But sometimes things are disrespectful. When you say certain comments about the Jets, some stuff is disrespectful. It’s okay to have a rivalry. It’s okay to compete. But when it gets personal, you’re getting disrespectful. I didn’t start this battle. The smart remarks sometimes he says are ignorant. It’s ignorant to this organization.”Evidently Revis was referring to the words Belichick allegedly spoke (according to the NY Post) after the game at the Meadowlands last year:
“I don’t know … Talking about the best defense… they can suck my-- … All that stuff. That’s just ignorant. Why go there? You won fair and square. Hey, we shook your hand after the game. We’ll see you in New England or wherever in the playoffs, OK. But when you start saying stuff like that … no … it gets too personal. You don’t have to say that … Did anybody else say anything like that? No … not from our side. Bart (Scott) said his thing … “Can’t Wait” thing. But he still didn’t disrespect. He just said that they feel like they’re better than us. That’s okay. He didn’t say go suck--- go do this or go do that. It’s personal. It’s disrespectful.”
No Jets verbal shots session at the Patriots would be complete without another rehash of Antonio Cromartie's comments that Tom Brady is a bad word that starts with an "a." Revis did that too.
“Sometimes he do [like that] on the field,” Revis said. “That’s his personal opinion about him. If that’s how he acts on the field. That’s how he acts. He wants to throw a touchdown and point at our sideline. That’s disrespect, man. That’s not sportsmanship. Now do people say words on the field to each other? Yeah … that’s in between the lines. But then when it’s getting out of hand … Come on, man. Come on. Sportsmanship.”
(Sigh) It's only May. The two teams don't play until Oct. 21 at Gillette Stadium.