McMichaels? McMichael? Oh, who cares?
"Nobody's worried about McMichaels. Whatever his name is," the Jets cornerback said Monday. "McMichaels, McMichael, whatever. I don't know his name. Whatever."
McMichael was visibly angry after the Chargers blew a 21-10 halftime lead in a 27-21 loss Sunday at MetLife Stadium. They failed to score in the second half against Rex Ryan's defensive adjustments, and Philip Rivers threw two momentum-stealing interceptions in the fourth quarter to Revis and Kyle Wilson.
But McMichael was adamant that San Diego didn't get outplayed. "Their secondary isn't anything,'' he snapped after the game. "It's our fault. It had nothing to do with anyone on their team. The guys in this locker room -- we lost the game.''
As expected, the Jets' secondary deemed McMichael's words the rant of a sore loser.
"He'll have fun watching the film today. We'll just say that," typically reserved safety Jim Leonhard said. "He didn't really do a whole lot yesterday. He'll have fun . . . They burned us on third down in the first half and we locked them up in the second half."
For once it wasn't Ryan stirring up controversy. The Jets' coach could have gone off on McMichael or delivered his typical tongue-in-cheek jab. But unlike his players, he kept his retort short and sweet.
"Stay classy, San Diego" is all Ryan would say, stealing a line by Will Ferrell's character, Ron Burgundy, in the movie "Anchorman."
Antonio Cromartie, however, couldn't resist taking shots at his former teammates.
"When you're up by 11 points in the [third] quarter and you can't even finish the game out, that shows what kind of team you are: a team that can't finish," said the cornerback, who was traded to the Jets in March 2010. "And that's been San Diego the whole time. So there it is."
The Chargers jumped to a 14-3 lead after two Jets turnovers and miscommunication by their secondary. But the halftime adjustments kept Rivers, who was 8-for-12 for 92 yards in the first half, off balance from then on.
"The whole thought process was, 'OK, we're down, but there are corrections we know we need to make.' And that's exactly what we did," Cromartie said. "Philip Rivers was 8-for-20 in the second half, and when you can make a quarterback do that and throw two interceptions the second half, it speaks volumes of what kind of defense that we can be."
After a day to cool off, McMichael still wasn't backing down from his comments. "If I say it, I mean it," he told the local media in San Diego.
The Jets, however, couldn't care less about what McMichael thinks. Especially Revis.
"He's just a number. He's No. 81," said the cornerback, who ran back his interception 64 yards. "We weren't focused on him, we were focused on Antonio Gates, who is the better tight end."
The war of words undoubtedly will continue if the Jets meet the Chargers in the playoffs. But that's a big "if," according to Cromartie.
"At the end of the day, we'll end up probably seeing them -- that's if they win their [division]," he said with a smile. "They've got to get past the Raiders first."