The Jets' newly signed right tackle, Breno Giacomini, grew up near Boston and rooted for the Patriots, but there's no question where his allegiances now reside.
Asked if playing against the Jets' biggest rival will be a little more emotional, Giacomini stoked the Jets-Patriots border war with a few choice quotes.
"It will definitely be fun after we win that game," said Giacomini, who grew up in Malden, Mass. "I'll tell my friends and family who are all Patriots fans to go kick some rocks after we win."
Giacomini, who speaks with a Boston accent, was a Patriots fan as a kid.
"I can say that I liked football growing up," he said. "I was a Patriots fan. I liked [quarterback] Drew Bledsoe growing up."
Giacomini, 28, was the Seahawks' starting right tackle in their Super Bowl XLVIII win over the Broncos on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium. He'll now play his regular-season home games at the same stadium after signing with the Jets. He replaces right tackle Austin Howard, who signed a free-agent deal with the Raiders.
Giacomini said he likes what he sees from the Jets, and thinks he'll fit in quickly because of his strong work ethic and what he called his "nastiness" as a player.
"I think I like to play pretty physical, and that's the mentality that [the Jets] have here," he said on a conference call with reporters Friday. "I'm just going to play my role and get better every single day. I'm trying to bring a little bit of nastiness that I have to me, and play like an offensive lineman should play."
Giacomini said his relationship with Jets general manager John Idzik, who was a Seahawks' front-office executive, played a role in joining the team.
"My past relationship with John Idzik has been really good," Giacomini said. "That was one of the main things, to come over here and try to help this team win. When I got to Seattle [in 2011], I was kind of up and down on the practice squad, and there was a lot of paperwork to sign. I was always with [Idzik], signing all that stuff. He's a great guy, loves football. He's all about the competition. He wants to win, too. He came from a great [Seahawks] program like I did."
Giacomini said he looks forward to working with the Jets' two veteran offensive linemen, center Nick Mangold and left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
"There's a lot of respect for them in the league," Giacomini said. "I'm excited to learn from those two, for sure. Maybe just show 'em what I got. It's good to come into a room with two good leaders like that."
How close are the Jets to becoming a playoff team?
"They went 8-8 last year, so they're a few games out," he said. "The main goal would be to win the division first and get a playoff game at home. The defense is pretty good. If you can play defense and run the ball, you can make the playoffs."
Though it's too early for Giacomini to compare Rex Ryan with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, the tackle said both coaches are all about passion.
"That's something that every coach should have," he said. "It's kind of cool. You can see that there's a lot of passion. [Ryan] comes from a football family. It's built in him."