I don't intend for this to be a long article because I really want to get peoples' opinions on a subject that has been debated a lot during the NFL season so far. The subject being trash talking—what it does for the game, how it effects the game, and how much significance it has.
We can look at the taunting on the field as a type of trash talk, the type that draws the yellow flag from the official's pocket. But what do we gain from all the talk?
As a Jets fan, I know my team has done a lot of talking this year—all of it I believe to be innocent jabbing between rival factions.
Did anyone lose sleep over the comments made by Rex Ryan about the Patriots? I know some Patriots fans were very upset with it and even more so on the Monday Morning.
Did anyone have a real problem with the words by Kerry Rhodes, Bart Scott, or Randy Moss?
I personally didn't, I like a little trash talk, this is a game that is played on adrenaline, it's an in your face, you hit me I'm coming back twice as hard at you kinf of game.
I want my players to be respectful, but I also want them to dial it up a little.
Where does it stop?
I wrote an article today on Gang Green Nation regarding the comments made by Akin Ayodele on Rex Ryan and the Jets, and I thought I would have a little fun with taking a few shots at Ayodele. They were not greeted well by visiting Dolphins fans.
So another question is, who takes these comments seriously? Is it just the fanbases, or will Rex Ryan be upset that Ayodele has come out and said that he doesn't like him?
Is trash talking just a minor facet of the game magnified by the fans and the media? A part of me thinks that when players and coaches hear comments like these, they have a good laugh and then forget about them.
I don't like taunting being a foul, the same as I don't like celebrations being flagged. You wan't to talk and get in peoples' faces then fine. As long as you can back it up, because believe it or not, those players who taunt players are getting hit twice as hard next time they come over the middle.
(Let's be real. The diva wide receivers are the main culprits when it comes to this trash talking stuff.)
At least it gives us something to talk about during the week outside of who is injured and who we should be starting in fantasy football this week.