I remember when everyone would praise Tom Brady and Peyton Manning because they never really said anything about anyone; they would always let their play do the talking. Well now that they have both gotten older, they have a voice. I mean a real voice.
Peyton Manning started talking two years ago and all of a sudden he is doing commercials and is now the face of the NFL. Not to be outdone Tom Brady is letting his voice be heard this year. Tom Brady has already been ably covered in these blog pages this young football season, but I couldn’t resist commenting on the latest Brady headline. (Granted, it doesn’t take much for Tom Brady to garner headlines — he doesn’t even have to do anything important, like win a game, or get in a car accident, or not cut his hair.)
The latest: “Brady Not Happy With Fans’ Early Departure” in which Tom laments the fact that Patriots fans have the audacity to head out early when the team has a huge lead in the fourth quarter, unlike, say, the Jets fans at Giants Stadium.
When I heard Brady voicing this I had to turn the TV up. I was like, “Is this really Tom Brady?” Let’s just say that Tom is speaking his mind a lot lately. Even earlier this month Tom Brady was talking about his hatred of the N. Y. Jets. Tom Brady toned down the hate speech Wednesday as he prepared to face the Jets. Not that the Patriots' superstar is going to like them any more when he visits the Meadowlands on Sunday.
"I will say I have respect for the Jets because they play extremely hard and they are very well-coached," he said, adding, "I don't think there are a lot of Boston people who like New York people. The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry goes back a long ways. Over the years, there has been very competitive football games played between the two of us."
When someone said he hadn't heard Brady use the word "hate" too often, he replied, "I've said it a few times."
If I were Rex Ryan and the N.Y. Jets I would be a little concerned. Now that the Patriots have seen that defensive scheme a couple of times, you can rest assured that the Patriots will have a plan in place to capitalize on certain alignments. We all know what Bill can do when he gets his hands on some film. I would also be willing to bet that the one film that was watched the most in the off-season was the Jets Patriots games from last year.
Why would I say this? If you saw the Patriots in week 1 against the Bengals and you painted there uniforms green, you would have sworn you were watching the Jets defense. Bend but don’t break. Smack them in the mouth type of defense. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. However if I can play you better than you can play yourself, you are in a world of trouble. Make no mistakes about it; the Patriots don’t have a Darell Revis on their team. Why should the Jets be worried then? Because the Patriots can beat you at your own game and they have a better offense than you do.
I can understand why Tom Brady is talking. Talk the talk Tom. Just make sure you back it up.