Wide receiver Deion Branch was asked about Tom Brady’s preparation and study habits today.
“Why do you say that?” he asked back with a big grin.
The Patriots know that there is a war of words between their team and the Jets this week. It’s just that their marching orders are to cease fire. Linebacker Jerod Mayo said Bill Belichick has already reminded the players not to engage.
“That’s why I’m hoping no one asks me those types of questions,” Mayo said with a smile.
The third-year linebacker, who is going to his first Pro Bowl this year (if the Patriots don’t make the Super Bowl, of course), said Belichick told the players to let him handle all of the back-and-forth chirping with the Jets. Yesterday Belichick gave a surprisingly amusing answer to questions about Rex Ryan making the game a personal battle between the two head coaches. “He does a good job of (handling) it,” Mayo said.
Even veteran running back Sammy Morris had little to add to the bluster other than pointing out the obvious differences in approach.
“That’s just how they do it,” he said of the tongue-waggers on the Jets. “Part of it is personality, part of it is the coach and the players around him. That’s just not what we do.
“In our opinion it’s outside the context of the game,” Morris said.
Still, the players hear it. All of it. Which is why Branch gave his sly answer in the form of a question.
“I really don’t pay attention to that stuff to be honest with you,” Mayo said. “I let Coach Belichick handle all of that stuff.”
Then he paused and smiled at his own vanilla comments.
“I gave you a ‘Belichick’ answer.”