After escaping with another late game victory in Wild Card Weekend over the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Jets are set for a date with Tom Brady and New England Patriots again. This will be matchup number three for the two AFC East rivals and after the way the Patriots embarrassed the Jets, 45-3, in the last contest this should make for interesting theater.
It’s the loud-mouth, trash-talking, New York Jets under Rex Ryan against the machine that is the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick that just seem to know how to win at this time of year. After the way Rex Ryan spoke highly of Peyton Manning over Tom Brady, football fans are all left wondering what will the Patriots have in store as payback for the Jets this Sunday.
Tom Brady joined the Dennis and Callahan Morning Show on WEEI to discuss Rex Ryan being right about comparing Manning to him, on Brady being honest when he hears Rex Ryan claim that Manning is better than him, on Anthony Smith of the Pittsburgh Steelers pissing him off back in the 2007 playoffs after he talked smack because Brady targeted him in that game and made him pay for what he said, on would he disagree with the notion that the one thing that Rex Ryan did say was that he would get a lot of help from Belichick, over the years while Peyton Manning doesn’t even look for help from the coach and just tries to do it himself, on what if Manning and Brady had switched places, on does he think other NFL coaches get up and say stuff and guys in the meeting room go, “I’m not so sure this is going to work,”on what advantage does the extra week provide for him and the coaching staff cerebrally getting ready for this football game and on Sunday at 4:30 ET does the last game you play against the Jets where the Pats won, 45-3, matter at all.
On Rex Ryan being right about comparing Manning to him? Rex Ryan claims Peyton Manning studies film like a bookworm. Brady went to go see the “Lombardi” play on Saturday night with the Jets on TV.
“Oh, man. I think everybody’s obviously entitled to their opinion. And maybe he’s right. He’s a good coach. I’ll just keep getting ready like we’ve done all year, and hopefully we’ll go out and play well on Sunday night. It’s going to be an exciting week for us. I think everyone is already in the game-week mode, getting ready, getting prepared. It’s going to be a hell of a game, it’s going to be a tough game. I’m excited to play the Jets again.”
On Brady being honest when he hears Rex Ryan claim that Manning is better than him. Does it anger him, amuse him or motivate him?
“I don’t think any of the above. I don’t think anything that people really say has bothered me good, bad or indifferent over the years. Everybody has their opinion of people and things and places. All I know is that I feel really confident with our team and the way our team prepares each week. I’m sure we’ll be prepared going into this game on Sunday. The only thing that I really care about is us being ready to play each week. What someone may say about it, I have a lot of respect for him as a coach and his ability to get his team ready. He does what he needs to do and I think we’re going to what we need to do.”
On Anthony Smith of the Pittsburgh Steelers pissing him off back in the 2007 playoffs after he talked smack because Brady targeted him in that game and made him pay for what he said?
“Well, I think you’re motivated by different things. We’re all at the point this year where we’re motivated by much more than what people may say to us, or about us. We’re motivated by the fact that we’ve got a great opportunity to be playing a division rival at home for the most important game of the year. That’s plenty of motivation for us. We’re going to let our play do the talking as we always do.There’s going to be a lot of hype and buildup and people saying things. The reality is none of it matters. What matters is that whistle’s going to blow at 4:30 on Sunday night and the team that executes the best and is the most prepared is going to be the team that wins. You cut right to it. There’s going to be a lot of things said this week, but none of it’s going to matter. What’s going to matter is how well we’re prepared and how well we execute on Sunday.”
On would he disagree with the notion that the one thing that Rex Ryan did say was that he would get a lot of help from Belichick, over the years while Peyton Manning doesn’t even look for help from the coach and just tries to do it himself?
“I mean of course we do.I get a ton of help from our coach. Of course we do. I think we have the best coach in the history of football. I think we’ve got a great offensive staff, a great defensive staff, ones that get all the players prepared. Coach talks about being a smart, tough, physical football team that plays well under pressure. Part of us being smart and prepared and ready to play is our coaches doing their homework. We use whatever we can to get ready to play, and the guys that are on this team certainly buy into what our coaches teach us. Coach comes in every Wednesday morning. It will be Tuesday morning this week and says, “These are the things we need to do to win,” and he’s right damn near 100 percent of the time. If we can go out there and play that way this Sunday, then I think we’re all pretty confident that we’re going to play a great game. And if we play a great game, we’re going to be tough to beat.”
On the subject comes up on occasion: What if Manning and Brady had switched places? If Maning had played his career for Bill Belichick, do you he have any doubt that he’d have more than one ring?
“There’s so many hypotheticals. There’s 25,000 different scenarios you can come up with. He’s a hell of a player and I’ve always admired the way he plays. His preparation is second to none. I know him very well. We’ve talked over the years about different ways to prepare. He loves the game and he thinks about the game day in and day out, like all the great players do. Just like the Vince Wilforks do and the Deion Branches do and the Wes Welkers. When you come home at night after practice, you’re thinking about practice, you’re thinking about what you’re going to do the next day.It’s pretty interesting, I did see that show on Saturday night, the “Lombardi” show. It’s pretty interesting when you look from the outside in at the perspective of a coach. I know coach Belichick, they constantly are thinking about the game. One game ends “Yeah, it’s great, we won” and then immediately you start thinking about the next opponent and going, “God, this game’s going to be tough, and, “How are we going to beat these guys?” I think all of us think that way. It’s not something that you check out of your job at 5, 6 o’clock and you say, “OK, we’ll pick this up tomorrow morning.” It’s always on your mind.”
On what advantage does the extra week provide for him and the coaching staff cerebrally getting ready for this football game? Why is it so helpful?
“Well I think you can sit back and really get a jump start on the opponents. I think all the coaches and some of the other players got a good jump on any of the three teams we could have potentially faced as well as looking at some of the things we’ve done and evaluated those. We can see what hasn’t worked so well and what has worked well and see how we can incorporate those into these games. I think everyone is trying to get to the stuff that they do best at this particular point in the season. We have to continue to be balanced on offense. I think that has been one thing that has really showed up with our running game, to be able to run the football in critical situations. Our execution of the pass game can always be better there’s no doubt about that. We spent two days of practice out there on Wednesday and Thursday in very intense, training camp like practices getting ready for this week’s opponent. Whoever this opponent was going to be, was definitely going to be improved from the previous weeks. I would say the Jets definitely have done that. They were a better team this Monday than they were last Monday. I think we were committed to making sure we felt the same way about our team.”
On Sunday at 4:30 ET does the last game you play against the Jets where the Pats won, 45-3, matter at all because that’s the theme in New York right now. The Jets are looking for revenge as Dustin Keller said “It’s payback time!”
“Well no I don’t think it has any barring on what happens this weekend, not in any situation. Like you said you can have the whole team talk and say “We’re going to get them back and we’re going to do this and we’re going to do that, we’re going to play this and that.” That doesn’t mean anything either. To me it’s just a lot more hype than it is substance. What really matters is what you’re going to do when the game starts. We can sit here and make a bunch of predictions and these are all the things we’re going to do. That’s just not the way we go about doing our business. We let our play do our talking. We handled it the same way going into the last game. There was all this hype and build up and talking and this is what we’re going to do. Then the whistles blows and you gotta go play. It’s going to be the same way this week. We’re going to see who’s ready to play and we’re not going to buy into all that. We’re going to go out and prepare hard like we always do and get ready to play the game.”