Let me start off by saying that I am a die-hard Jets fan. In my nearly twenty-five years of existence on this planet, the Jets have consistently let me down, in one way or another. Either they have a 4-12 season and fail to make the playoffs, or they go 9-7 and dominate the first two rounds of the playoffs, but lose in the AFC Championship game. Don't get me wrong, I still love the Jets. It's just that I have learned to live with the fact that the team's mission in life is to eternally torture its fans.
Have the Jets played great this season? By any means, the answer is no. Have they found a way to win all season? Yes. As bad as the Jets have been, they have still managed to put together a ten win season. And to top that off, just last week, they have managed to upset Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis during the first round of the AFC playoffs. I don't care how you win in Indy, a win there is impressive as Peyton Manning does not like losing at home.
In any event, I believe that the Jets' current level of play (regardless of the fact they won last week) does not warrant the amount of smack talking that is coming out of Florham Park. Let's compare and contrast Tom Brady's alleged smack talking to that of the Jets.
Brady said that he "hates" the Jets. Harsh, yes, but over the top, not at all. Brady also pointed towards the Jets sideline during the Pats' rout of the Jets in December. Poor taste? Sure, but excessive, not at all.
Now let's just look at some of the Jets' chatter. Rex Ryan for two years has been bad mouthing the Pats. I have no problem with that. But the way Rex speaks makes him and the Jet organization seem classless at times. He doesn't just make comments, but he throws personal jabs at individuals. His whole rant about Peyton Manning being better than Brady, and how Brady doesn't study as much as Manning, was straight up ridiculous and unnecessary. Does Rex sit in the film room with Brady? Does he watch Brady when he's at home? I don't think so.
The latest retarded comments came from the Jets' second best corner back, Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie basically tore Brady apart, and called him an as*hole. It's one thing to criticize the guy's talent, but just calling him an as*hole is a little inappropriate and distasteful.
I'm all for firing up your team. Talk smack about the other team. But draw the line somewhere. And let's not forget, Brady is already one of the most intense players in the NFL. Do you really want to motivate him and pump him up either further?
Ian is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Ian also is the cofounder of What's Good Blog and writes for the site daily.
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