There has been plenty of trash-talking this week leading up to the Patriots-Jets game tomorrow, with most of it coming from the New York Jets. Starting before the Jets even knew if they would play another game and kicking off officially on Monday, it’s been non-stop throughout the week. The Patriots hadn’t really delved into the trash-talking fray, with Bill Belichick even quipping that he and Rex Ryan wouldn’t be playing on Sunday when Ryan called out Belichick.
“I might have a little quickness on him, he’s probably got a little more strength and power on me,” he said. “I don’t think you’ll see either of us out there making any blocks, or tackles, or runs throws or catches. At least you won’t see me doing that. It’s probably a good thing for our team.”
Antonio Cromartie took things to a whole new level when he called Tom Brady an “a-hole” and “#### him.” He never backed off his comments, either. Brady shrugged it off, saying, “I’ve been called worse.” The only whispers to come from New England were when Wes Welker made several references to “feet” and “toes” during his press conference on Thursday. This was a subtle shot at the Rex Ryan foot-fetish controversy. Jets center Nick Mangold shot back through Twitter in his own subtle (OK, not so subtle) way.
“Wes Welker is a great player. He’s really taken advantage of watching film. If we don’t keep a Spy on him, he could really open the Gate.”
Mangold’s swipe was a little clever. However, apparently Welker’s quip was one quip too many for one Jet (even though it was really the only one against a sea of them from the Jets). LB Bart Scott ended his unusual silence and completely stepped over the line in response to Wes Welker’s foot jokes.
“I’ll tell you what,” Scott said. “Be very careful what you say about our coach. His days in a uniform will be numbered. Put it like that.”
So Bart Scott has basically said that the Jets are going to try and end Welker’s career? I’m pretty sure that’s the meaning behind those words. I don’t know how they could be taken any other way. So the Jets can say whatever they want throughout the week, and when one Patriot says one thing, even in a subtle, way, then that’s too much??? PLEASE! The Jets are like that schoolyard bully that was great when he was dishing out punishment, but as soon as someone stepped up he cowered like a whipped dog.
This just goes to show the difference in class between the two clubs. The Jets can talk, and talk, and talk, and the Pats mostly ignore it and go about their business. The Pats tack a crack at the Jets, and then the threats come out. Ending someone’s career, or even talking about it, is no joke. Now, what if a Jet goes high on Welker going across the middle of the field? You know the talk is going to start on whether it was intentional, what the purpose behind the hit was, etc., and you know Scott’s comments will be referenced. Real smart Bart Scott.
With comments like those, he may have just put his foot in his mouth.