Trash talking is an integral part of football, effectively implemented to get the other team all riled up. It’s used strategically to get under the skin of your opponent, to rattle them, slowly stripping away their confidence little by little.
Some can take the heat in the kitchen; others, not so much.
However, there’s a crucial—and inevitable—point where your mouth transforms your reputation into a full-fledged persona. At that point, it becomes downright unflattering and unreliable for fans to connect with that player. It’s not easy for fans to have sympathy for people who run their mouth a little too much on the field, complain about contract talks or use trash talking in front of a podium or a microphone.
For the New York Jets, unfortunately, there are a few too many dynamic personalities who feel that they need to be heard. Here are three guys who can’t seem by to fun their mouths…
The Jets’ Darrelle Revis is the most noteworthy and obvious selection here. Dating back to his days on HBO’s Hard Knocks, Revis’ reputation has preceded him: his demand to be recognized as the top defensive back in the game today and his demand to be paid like one.
Before the 2010 regular season, Revis nearly held out all of training camp in hopes of getting the front office to break and offer a max contract. Although the two sides stayed stagnant in negotiations for a large duration of camp, both sides finally came to an agreement—a four-year, $46 million contract.
Now, his reputation for running his mouth has emerged again.
According to Kyle Ratke of USA TODAY, Revis commented on potentially holding out for a second time, saying, “I don’t know,” when asked if he would be participating in training camp beginning Day One.
The first time made sense, but the second round of holdouts—that’s a huge stretch for Revis. He’s due to make $13.5 million over the next two seasons. He’s getting paid.
His mouth got him a big deal two years ago. However, this time around, his mouth may ultimately damage his reputation for good.
We say that leadership starts at the top. Unfortunately for the Jets, their leader also happens to have the biggest mouth on the team.
Head coach Rex Ryan has a renowned reputation for saying one too many things to the media, trying to not only light a fire under his players, but to get an opponent flustered. Sometimes it works, sometimes, well, it ends up hurting his team’s chances at success.
To give you an idea of what it's like inside the mind and body of Ryan while answering media questions, here’s an excerpt of a story done by FiOS 1 reporter Rob Petrone.
At the time, his players loved him for his boasting and dynamic attitude. However, that rubs people the wrong way after awhile and starts to become ineffective at motivating players.
However, Ryan has carried his persona with him wherever he’s gone, so it’s hard to imagine anything changing anytime soon.
Although he hasn’t made much news in front of the camera specifically, Jets linebacker Bart Scott is always creating headlines with his mouth.
Even though NFL fans everywhere were first introduced to Scott’s persona during HBO’s Hard Knocks, it hasn’t stopped there and he hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down his mouth.
Some people think the “in-your-face” approach is the best way to get football players to play better football. For others, it gives them a reason to turtle-up, go in their shell and never come out and be aggressive. For most, though, the effects range in between.
For Scott, the effect may be wearing off, much like it is with his coach. Keep tuning in this season to see where Scott’s mouth takes us next.