The Giants, being as classy as they are, started the smack talk today when Mario Manningham said in an interview with The Boston Herald that he "hopes Julian Edelman is out there," referring to playing cornerback during Super Bowl XLVI. He went on to say, "This ain't regular season. This ain't your real position, so we're going to try to expose you. It's all or nothing now. That ain't your position, this is the Super Bowl and we want you to play that position."
This is what I love about the Patriots. They won't say anything because that plays right into the Giants' wheelhouse. The Patriots are going to do what they always do and let their actions do the talking. I think it’s pretty funny that Manningham is ripping Edelman for not being that good when he is Giants' third receiving option.
See, if I was a Giants fan, this is when I would start to get worried. You start chirping a week-and-a-half before the game, and you don't think the Pats are using that as motivation? You don't think Edelman, a guy who was drafted as a QB, switched to wide receiver, is used as a kick returner and plays the slot corner position hasn't earned every bit of what he's achieved?
Guys like Manningham get by on skill. They coast through on their God-given talents and pick on the little guys, the Julian Edelmans of the world. They shove them in lockers, give them noogies and take their lunch money. Here's the kicker though: Julian Edelman isn't going to take that.
So keep talking Mario, we'll see what you're hoping for after Edelman blows you up at the line.