Mouth of South Florida Joey Porter is at it again. The loquacious Miami linebacker made it clear to ESPN's Tim Graham that he considers the Dolphins, who snapped the Patriots' run of five straight division titles last season, the team to beat in the AFC East, Tom Brady or no Tom Brady.
"I don't understand how you can put somebody in front of us," Porter said Friday morning after he and Chad Pennington were named co-winners of the team's Dan Marino MVP Award.
"We won the championship. We were AFC East champions. I just don't think it's supposed to happen like that. You've got to beat somebody to be the champs. We had to beat somebody to be the champs."
Porter went on to say that the Dolphins "proved that the AFC East comes through Miami."
This isn't the first time Porter has expressed his opinion regarding the Patriots. It's just Joey being Joey.
Last season before the teams' first meeting he took verbal shots at Matt Cassel and before the teams' rematch in November, Porter expressed his distaste for the Patriots and accused them of purposely punting into the area where the Dolphins were stretching the first time the teams played at Gillette Stadium.
Add Porter's comments to the ones that new Jets coach Rex Ryan had during a radio interview this week, when he said he didn't come to the Jets to "kiss Bill Belichick's rings" and it seems like the Patriots Mystique doesn't hold the same weight in the division that it used to.