Antonio Cromartie isn't buying into the hype engulfing Saturday's crosstown showdown with the Giants.
"Everyone is blowing it up as 'Big brother, little brother,' whatever you want to call it," Cromartie said this afternoon. "I really don’t give a damn what it is. It’s just ------ football. But people blow it out more than it is. This is a chance for us to go into the playoffs and that’s how we are treating it."
Rex Ryan, though, is treating it a wee bit differently.
"I feel like I have to win this game," he said.
Pressure? What extra pressure?
"It doesn’t put any pressure on us," Cromartie said of Ryan's words. "We know what we have to do. Our objective is to go out and play football and do the best that we can do and that’s all that he asks from us and go out there and play the way we are capable of playing."
Bart Scott, who's played under Ryan for seven seasons, is used to Ryan sticking out his neck.
"He can’t get the opportunity to play so he’s a tremendous motivator and we feed off that passion, we feed off that confidence," the linebacker said. "It’s like anything. Sometimes when your coach or your mom or somebody you look up to has more belief in you than sometimes you may have in yourslef, it inspires you to make them right."
Cromartie co-signed with Ryan's theory of the Jets being the better team.
"That’s what we believe," he said. "We believe on that back end and our front seven, the playmakers that we have on both sides of the ball, we feel like we are better than them. It’s our time to step up and do the things that we need to do and get ourselves into the playoffs."