If you take Tom Brady at his word, the Jets’ trash-talking doesn’t bother him. Nor does he care about the back-and-forths between his receiver, Randy Moss, and Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
For the Patriots' QB, the only thing that matters come Sunday is outmaneuvering the Jets’ defense.
“Preparing for that is certainly no easy task,” he said. “We spent all day Monday, all day Tuesday, all day today, trying to get ready for them. They present a lot of challenges. They’re just so physically. They really play that scheme very well. ...They’ve got a lot of guys that can do a lot of different things: The Bryan Thomases, the Bart Scotts, David [Harris] -- they can all rush, they can all cover, and I think that’s what makes it pretty challenging. More so than one guy, I don’t think a defense is built around one player.”
Brady, like his head coach, rarely feeds into the trash-talking. For all he cares, the Jets can continue spouting their "We're The Best" mantra.
“I don’t really care what they do to tell you the truth," he said. "I’m concerned with what we do. That’s been our M.O. for a lot of years. I think it was successful for us. Jets are going to do what they’re going to do and we’re going to do what we’re going to do. The reality is none of it really matters. What matters is how we go out and play this weekend.
Rex Ryan's words barely register on Brady's radar for one simple reason: Talk is cheap.
"I don’t react too often," he said, when asked about Ryan's comments. "I don’t really get into all that. It doesn’t bother me one way or the other. I can sit here and make all the predictions in the world too. The reality for him and all his players and us and our coach (is) we’ve got to go out and play. I don’t spend my time looking into that other (stuff) or analyzing (it). I know that I’ve got to get ready to play. I don’t want to waste my time trying to analyze what he thinks about us. I just want to go out and play the game."
The quarterback also didn’t back down when asked to expound on his recent “I Hate the Jets” comments on Boston radio.
“It’s an intense rivalry,” he explained. “They’re not many New Yorkers that like people from Boston and vice versa. When I got here it was always Yankees-Red Sox. There’s just something between New York and Boston. I think the teams are very competitive, it’s been a great rivalry. Obviously, there’s been a lot of players moving between teams over the years, so it makes fun for the fans, it makes it fun for the players. It’s great for the league and I'm glad to be playing so early in the year.”
As for the Revis-Moss match-up, Brady said he doesn't think it wise to challenge an All-Pro player (such as Revis) on every snap. But he does expect Moss to be ready when given an opportunity to outperform the cover corner.
“He’s a competitor and Randy plays well every week,” Brady said. “I’m sure there are certain players that he goes against or teams that we go against that are very motivating for us and that present challenges. You always want to see how you can do against some of the best players. But look, any team can take away one player. That’s not hard to do. But I don’t think that’s the goal of the defense. Defenses are trying to take away the entire offense."