INDIANAPOLIS -- Logan Mankins poked fun at the Jets' huffing-and-puffing style Wednesday.
"The Jets, we know they're full of hot air,'' the Patriots guard said. "We see where they are right now."
New England is notorious for its close-to-the-vest, vanilla approach, refusing to get involved much in any sort of trash-talking banter -- as the Giants are finding out this week. It's the polar opposite of the way things have been with the Jets since Rex Ryan came on board in 2009.
"They just like to say whatever they feel like saying," Mankins said, "and sometimes that can come back to bite you in the butt."
Some players have noted that Ryan's brash style of constantly pumping his team up might've backfired this season.
LaDainian Tomlinson said so, explaining in a recent interview with Showtime's "Inside the NFL" that Ryan's bold talk had put extra pressure on the team because the opposition wanted to silence their coach.
Mankins kind of agreed with that theory.
"It could to a degree," he said. "We've played them so many times it doesn't work for us. We know what they're about. The Jets have a good football team. They just didn't win enough games."