FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots refuse to be baited into any type of war of words with the Jets, even in the wake of comments by Jets safety Kerry Rhodes that the Jets don’t want to just beat the Patriots they want to embarrass them.
Running back Kevin Faulk said the Patriots are usually aware of opponents’ negative comments, but don’t concern themselves with them.
“It’s said one time and that’s it,” said Faulk. “Coach brings it up and that’s it. He lets us know, ‘Look, this was what was said. Don’t worry about it. We got to be able to execute on the field. It’s not anything we’re concerned about. That’s it.’ ”
Patriots tight end Chris Baker, who was a teammate of Rhodes for the last three seasons in New York, said that it was just Kerry being Kerry, which he can do now under new Jets coach Rex Ryan, who also shoots from hip.
“Yeah, it’s Kerry being Kerry I would say. It’s a different regime down there and they’re doing different things, so that’s fine. That’s not a problem,” said Baker.
Baker was asked if there was some point where the Patriots feel compelled to return verbal fire on the boastful Jets.
“What does that do? That doesn’t do anything,” said Baker. “The only thing we’re going to do is we’re going to play on Sunday. The only thing that matters is what happens on Sunday, anything before that it doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t do anything, so what’s the point of us getting into that back and forth? We’re just going to go out there and do our job on Sunday and that’s what it is all about.”
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