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Tom Brady will pick on Jets’ weak link, Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromartie

The profane trash talk that Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie spewed toward Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was one of the big stories of the week in the NFL. But it won’t mean anything when the game starts, and Brady starts going after Cromartie as the weak link in the Jets’ secondary.

Cromartie’s weaknesses in coverage were a hot topic on NFL Matchup, the great Xs and Os show that ESPN unfortunately airs at an hour when most of America sleeps. It started with Merril Hoge showing the Colts’ only touchdown in last week’s loss to the Jets, a 57-yard pass from Peyton Manning to Pierre Garcon with Cromartie in coverage.

“Cromartie doesn’t play this right,” Hoge said. “Cromartie has to do a better job at the line of scrimmage by using his hands. He’s an amazing athlete, but fundamentally he is not very good. He doesn’t have the structure to be a consistently great cover guy. He has the skill set to be that but he is not fundamentally sound.”

Ron Jaworski and Sal Paolantonio both noted that when offenses need a big play against the Jets, they throw in Cromartie’s direction

“You’re watching offenses now target Cromartie,” Jaworski said, showing tape from the Patriots’ 45-3 win over the Jets. “Go back to that Monday night beatdown. In the first quarter, when it was still a ballgame, the Patriots got fourth-down-and-3. They decide to go for it. You know why? They like the matchup they’re going to get: They had Deion Branch matched against Antonio Cromartie.”

Hoge and Jaworski both said that Cromartie has great speed and athleticism, but not much else.

“The New England Patriots, what makes them so good?” Hoge said. “If Cromartie and them wanted to race, Cromartie would blow them away. But as far as separation and quickness, the Patriots are superior.”

Added Jaworski, “We all know he’s a great athlete, but he’s not physical.”

If Brady has a big game today throwing in Cromartie’s direction, we’ll hear plenty of talk that Brady was motivated by Cromartie’s trash talk. In reality, Brady is just looking for the weak link in the Jets’ secondary, and that’s Cromartie.

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  1. deanvernonwormer says: Jan 16, 2011 7:20 AM

    Every idiot in creation has his predictions. All are correct under 50% of the time. I predict the Seahawks will beat the Bears today. Big Deal.

    Fact is nobody knows what’s going to happen.

    You’re all a bunch of losers, worthless and weak!

    Dean Wormer (half quoting Douglas C. Neidermeyer, Sgt at arms)

  2. wsb937 says: Jan 16, 2011 7:31 AM

    Cromartie stinks. Pats woop jets 35-10

  3. chapnastier says: Jan 16, 2011 7:44 AM

    It’s pretty hard not to be the weak link when you are opposite the best DB in the game. This confirms my reason to never watch ESPN for anything. And PFT, get over this. Brady ran his mouth, Welker ran his mouth, Belichick ran his mouth…. how about mentioning how the golden boys of the NFL are just as guilty in their trash talking?

  4. tatum064 says: Jan 16, 2011 7:47 AM

    Ryan should send Cromartie on blitzes the way the Pack did (using Woodson) to Matt Ryan. Im wondering if Ryan will use Mangini’s tactic of players just standing around so they take away the infamous Brady pre-snap reads. They need to follow that Brown victory blueprint TO THE LETTER. Now that Baltimore’s out, I dont think anything is stopping New England. Jets will need a little luck and NO TURNOVERS to win this.

    that being said. Patriots win – too many players to defend, and not enough coverage guys. They could spot these guys two TDs and still lose because Brady in the spread is a two-minute drill waiting to happen.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 16, 2011 7:52 AM

    Cromartie’s been holding all year long. Every time I watch the Jets he has this subtle little jersey tug he gets a way with most of the time that slows the receiver by half a step and lets him stay on top of who he’s covering.

    Any time a receiver gets any sort of separation on him at all they burn Cromartie bigtime. If the refs catch his holds today the Pats will torch him and leave a roasted spot on the turf wherever he’s lining up.

  6. august1969 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:02 AM

    deanvernonwormer says:
    Jan 16, 2011 7:20 AM
    Every idiot in creation has his predictions. All are correct under 50% of the time. I predict the Seahawks will beat the Bears today. Big Deal.

    Fact is nobody knows what’s going to happen.

    You’re all a bunch of losers, worthless and weak!

    Dean Wormer (half quoting Douglas C. Neidermeyer, Sgt at arms)

    You’re Animal House schtick is what’s weak. Time to let it go. It doesn’t work.

  7. drednot says: Jan 16, 2011 8:05 AM

    In regards to the comment that “NFL Matchup” is on to early…DID YOU EVER HEAR OF A DVR?????

  8. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:12 AM

    Capt Obvious reporting for duty! I don’t necessarily agree with the headline that they are going to target him specifically…but will take what’s open. If he Cromartie plays like he did last time…yeah, he’s going to get thrown on. Revis may take one guy out of a play at a time, but there’s a lot of guys who can make plays.

    NE has gotten very creative with their alignments…they were throwing the kitchen sink at the Jets last time and the Jets were powerless to stop it.

    Jets match up very well against a Moss/Welker focused offense. Those days are over…so lets see what they come up with today. It’ll be a good game.

  9. vt2atl says: Jan 16, 2011 8:13 AM

    TB12 & the Patriots are going to make Cromartie look like the Falcons’ Christopher Owens last night…a girl among men. Who will reach 10 receptions first; Welker, Branch or Woodhead?

  10. mistrezzrachael says: Jan 16, 2011 8:17 AM

    Cromartie struggles against smaller quick receivers…with quick feet. [ Sorry Rex] He does fine vs long striders like Ocho /TJ.

    The big thing however…is Cromartie is DUMB..ans smarter players/qb’s set him up.

    Know one thing though…NE gets up big…and is running clock out…Brady will give Cromartie his version of fisting, and get him deep.

    TAlk, talk, talk….they think they are NE’s rivals…but yet, they have won nothing.

    You wonder why America hates the jets??????

    Time for Mrs Ryan, that lovely model…to get a pedicure…In this cold weather, think Rexy will enjoy her toes much more after a long day in boots.

  11. Moonman says: Jan 16, 2011 8:18 AM

    I just didn’t understand all week how Cromartie could be so stupid. He’s been torched by superior players all season and now he brings out the trashiest talk of the year for Tom Brady?

    Brady was going to throw to his side more anyway, avoiding Revis in coverage. Now? Now I think he’s going to look to punish Cromartie as best he can and embarrass him. And that doesn’t bode well for him or the Jets.

  12. grpatriot says: Jan 16, 2011 8:20 AM

    Did anyone notice Hodges tie??? What was that?
    You are what your record says you are!
    I don’t see the Jets defense having a miracle maturation this late in the year! They’ll run a similar defense as they did vs. Manning.
    Brady has many weapons! There is no way the jets will be able to adjust to all the personel groups and Brady’s smarts. They may blitz, leaving holes in the defense. They might slow Brady down a TD but, shut him down??? No way!
    Hey Rex, time to pay all those checks you been writing!!!

  13. tryytheveal says: Jan 16, 2011 8:21 AM

    Does Merrill Hoge realize that his bathrobe drawstring shouldn’t be used as a necktie?

  14. Moonman says: Jan 16, 2011 8:23 AM

    chapnastier says: Jan 16, 2011 7:44 AM

    It’s pretty hard not to be the weak link when you are opposite the best DB in the game. This confirms my reason to never watch ESPN for anything. And PFT, get over this. Brady ran his mouth, Welker ran his mouth, Belichick ran his mouth…. how about mentioning how the golden boys of the NFL are just as guilty in their trash talking?
    ————————

    I’ll give you Welker…

    But when did Brady or Belichick run their mouths? Since you’re writing an outright lie, I’m looking forward to your explanation.

    They haven’t done anything but casually respond to invective hurled at them by the Jets (Ryan & Cromartie specifically), and their responses were as harmless as a response could be.

    So, yea, I’m looking forward to you citing where they “ran their mouths.”

  15. marcosinargentina says: Jan 16, 2011 8:28 AM

    Tom Brady won’t pick on Cromartie. He’ll read the coverage, find the best matchup and put the ball there. Gronkowski against any of the jets linebackers or Welker/Hernandez against a safety is a better matchup than Branch/Tate against Cromartie.

  16. habsman says: Jan 16, 2011 8:34 AM

    It was obvious this past week (and past two years) that the Jets can dish it out, but can’t take it, when it comes to “Talk”.

    Jets can’t win this game unless it’s handed to them. Remember, Roger Goodell is a former employee of the NY Jets.

  17. xmgmx says: Jan 16, 2011 8:36 AM

    I think Dean’s feelings were hurt on the Cromartie comment….. too bad it’s true. He has no tackle skills, and just plain ‘ain’t that good!’
    As for Dean’s content in his post, he’s obviously a Jets fan. Just like em, run the mouth, no class, no tact.

  18. bradyisgod says: Jan 16, 2011 8:36 AM

    I’m a big Pats fan. I’m telling I don’t like sure things.

    Rams vs Pats
    Pats vs Giants
    Saints vs Seahawks

    This is why they play the games.

  19. pattunya says: Jan 16, 2011 8:37 AM

    Cromarties gonna hate Brady more than he hates condoms after this game.

  20. larryfinfan says: Jan 16, 2011 8:48 AM

    Brady will pick on every DB they have, not just Cromartie…Hopefully [and as any Dolphins fan would wish], they play to a 48-48 tie in regulation, the Pats move in and beat them with a FG in OT, but Brady, Welker, Wilfork, and Sanchez (for good measure) are all knocked out of the game and can’t play the following week…

  21. Ralphie says: Jan 16, 2011 8:50 AM

    @chapnastier says:
    Jan 16, 2011 7:44 AM
    …Brady ran his mouth, Welker ran his mouth, Belichick ran his mouth…. how about mentioning how the golden boys of the NFL are just as guilty in their trash talking?
    ________________________

    What’s pathetic here is that the Jets have had to do everything they could to get the Pats players to say something…say anything. They goad them all week with nasty comments (anybody can drop an F-bomb, that’s easy) and then they threaten a player yesterday. Rex talks trash all year, guarantees a SB win. Scott talks trash all year. But Jets fans like you think exactly like Rex and the boys where when a player says something clever back that’s the motivation you need to get pissed off and invent issues to get “motivated”. The Jets have their nasty rep because they earned it with their big mouths. They demand respect but they’ve never earned it. Jets win today and they get get some respect, otherwise shut your pie hole.

  22. boblavoie says: Jan 16, 2011 8:52 AM

    What do they say: Barking dogs don’t bite!

    With Cromartie, that’s what you get – he yapped all week and now he has to put up.

    Forget about it as they say in Little Italy, the North End and Providence as well.

    Bet the Patriots Rocco.

  23. dryheaveone says: Jan 16, 2011 8:58 AM

    chapnastier says:
    Jan 16, 2011 7:44 AM
    It’s pretty hard not to be the weak link when you are opposite the best DB in the game. This confirms my reason to never watch ESPN for anything. And PFT, get over this. Brady ran his mouth, Welker ran his mouth, Belichick ran his mouth…. how about mentioning how the golden boys of the NFL are just as guilty in their trash talking?

    ———————————————

    maybe because they aren’t guilty?….LMAO….”Belichick ran his mouth” Belichick barely speaks at all…..sorry pal but your post is basicly a made up fairy tale

  24. nyyankeefanforever says: Jan 16, 2011 8:58 AM

    Lmao! A geek quoting espn geeks and the best any of them have to offer is: “when offenses need a big play against the Jets, they throw in Cromartie’s direction”????

    No mention of the fact that it’s because the best cover corner in NFL history is playing on the other side of the field. Guess that doesn’t factor into geekdom’s expert analysis.

    That’s what happens when you rely on Everyone’s Sox Patriots Network for the skinny, dude. Try growing a brain of your own and tone down the hate. You’ll sound more intelligent and people will stop snickering at you.

    Now get off your daddy’s laptop before your momma catches you and tells him you’ve been surfing porn sites again.

  25. ingreenmts says: Jan 16, 2011 9:00 AM

    Words and predictions mean nothing. Time to play the game.

  26. jimmy1smith says: Jan 16, 2011 9:02 AM

    Considering Cromartie has seven kids with seven different mothers, Deion Branch isn’t the only thing Cromartie doesn’t cover.

  27. patriotsworld says: Jan 16, 2011 9:02 AM

    Cromartie isn’t thw weak link, he’s the missing link.

  28. RexCanCoach says: Jan 16, 2011 9:07 AM

    Jets – play like you did in week #2. don’t play like you did in week #12. analyze that amen.

  29. jwil444 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:16 AM

    New drinking game- every time one of these lame ass pre game analysis says, “big time players make big time plays” take a drink. Really? That’s the best they can come up with??

  30. robsterny says: Jan 16, 2011 9:20 AM

    @ harrisonhits2

    NOBODY gets away with holding “all year long”..come on!! Get real.
    Brady will exploit this when he can but it wont be every play like these butt-munches are suggesting. I also dont see the Pats divulging stratagies before a game …dont read too much into this stuff.

  31. laxer37 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:21 AM

    Best part of today’s game is that one of these teams will lose and we won’t have to hear from them for a few months.

  32. jjmurphy1127d says: Jan 16, 2011 9:23 AM

    chapnastier says:
    Jan 16, 2011 7:44 AM
    It’s pretty hard not to be the weak link when you are opposite the best DB in the game. This confirms my reason to never watch ESPN for anything. And PFT, get over this. Brady ran his mouth, Welker ran his mouth, Belichick ran his mouth…. how about mentioning how the golden boys of the NFL are just as guilty in their trash talking?

    What? Talk about not in touch with reality. Welker ran his mouth a little, but other than that it’s been 99.99% Jets running the mouths.

    No more talk, let’s get it on!!!

  33. gogronk says: Jan 16, 2011 9:25 AM

    Cromartie has all the skill and none of the brains. Brady will give him a big FU on the field today.

  34. mattlion says: Jan 16, 2011 9:27 AM

    “That’s what happens when you rely on Everyone’s Sox Patriots Network for the skinny, dude. Try growing a brain of your own and tone down the hate. You’ll sound more intelligent and people will stop snickering at you.”

    Note that a lot of NYers think that ESPN has a Boston bias, and a lot of Bostonians think that ESPN has a NYC bias. Meanwhile, the rest of the country thinks that ESPN has a northeast bias. No wonder they’re playing up those new “regional” websites.

  35. joerevs300 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:29 AM

    I would say the first 4 possessions (by both teams) will be very telling.

    If the Jets fall behind 10-0 or 14-0, it’s game over.

    If things stay even, and the longer they do, the more pressure that’s going to be on a very young and poor NE defense (especially against the pass), and we have no idea how they are going to react.

    If the Jets get ahead, well we all know Tom can bring NE back.

    But NE would be wise to stomp on the Jets early and put them down for the count. Just ask Baltimore what happens when you let a team linger and don’t deliver a knockout blow.

  36. commandercornpone says: Jan 16, 2011 9:29 AM

    cromartie’s indian name would be

    man with kids he cant name

    he should have called them all the same thing.

    but, he has flaws in his game, that’s why he talks.

    notice, revis doesnt talk as much. he’s still lonely out there.

  37. mattlion says: Jan 16, 2011 9:30 AM

    chapnastier says: Jan 16, 2011 7:44 AM

    It’s pretty hard not to be the weak link when you are opposite the best DB in the game. This confirms my reason to never watch ESPN for anything. And PFT, get over this. Brady ran his mouth, Welker ran his mouth, Belichick ran his mouth…. how about mentioning how the golden boys of the NFL are just as guilty in their trash talking?

    Um…. when did Brady and Belichick run their mouths? And when did Welker say anything other than the foot cliches? ;)

    They didn’t threaten to end anyone’s career, I can tell you that much. Apples and oranges. When the Pats”talk”, it’s with a wink and a smile. When the Jets talk, you wonder if they’d rather show up to the game armed like Plaxico and start shooting the field up.

  38. ampats says: Jan 16, 2011 9:35 AM

    I’m glad today is here and we finally can hear the end of this mindless drivel known as the NJ Jets.

    Its been fun bantering with many of the Jets fans but its back to reality which means the Jets go home where they have spent the past 42 Super Bowls.

    Not to worry everyone knows its the

    Same Old Jets.

    J ust
    E nd
    T he
    S eason

    Jets can get ready for next season to celebrate #43 !!

    Off to Gillette ! Enjoy the game

  39. drunkendegenerate says: Jan 16, 2011 9:48 AM

    NYJ-26

    New England-19

  40. grpatriot says: Jan 16, 2011 9:56 AM

    Brady will exploit the best match up, which will be Cromartie in some cases!
    TE’s vs. LB’s. RB’s vs. LB’s. TE”s vs CB’s.
    In fact, the Jets will be so confused by the 2nd half….They’ll have the deer in the headlights look!!! Come on 4:30 EST!!!! Are you ready???

  41. RexCanCoach says: Jan 16, 2011 10:01 AM

    @ampats

    I have a crock pot of Crow on a slow simmer. It should be ready for you to consume tonight around 8 PM.

  42. slickster35 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:28 AM

    Looking forward to the most classless franchise in the league making their exit today.

    Cromartie is still living off the year he made 10 of the luckiest picks I’ve ever seen. The dude is horrible in coverage, and tackles like a woman.

    The Chargers dumped him off on the Jests and improved their defense immediately.

    A foot in Rex’ mouth would be an improvement at this point.

  43. commoncents says: Jan 16, 2011 10:30 AM

    Make all the yapping stop Tom. Make these overrated punks stop talking. Embarrass Rex and make him shut his dumb a$$ mouth.

  44. pfii63 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:56 AM

    pattunya says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:37 AM
    Cromarties gonna hate Brady more than he hates condoms after this game.

    —————————————————

    Very well played.

  45. hooterdawg says: Jan 16, 2011 11:07 AM

    PFT has become a Patriot forum – just look at the ‘rating’ scores for ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ posts. The poor minions are baited by PFT when they run these moronic fodder pieces.

  46. richm2256 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:28 AM

    The trash talking stops in about five hours, and the Yets will finally have to try and cash the checks that their mouths – and Ryan’s – has been writing non-stop every week since Hard Knocks.

    Since the subject here is Cromartie vs. Brady, Yets fans and Patriots fans need to ask themselves one question:

    Are Yets fans as confident in Cromartie vs. Brady as Patriots fans are Brady vs. Cromartie?

    Look at the track record between the two and get back to me @ 4:30

  47. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 16, 2011 12:20 PM

    The Fox pre-game show just showed the video of a Patriots player tripping a Jets punt coverage guy on the sidelines. Seriously, is there no end of cheating from this team? Of course when your own head coach has been caught tripping players, what do you expect?

    Mangold was right to say he Spied a Gate with Welker.

  48. fullnelson3 says: Jan 16, 2011 12:35 PM

    To a man….Cromartie and Revis both go BIG today! The safeties/nickel backs will be the weak links in the middle of the field. In a hard fought game, Patriots win by less than a touchdown. Check y’all post game for the aftermath.

  49. nesuperfan says: Jan 16, 2011 1:20 PM

    pattunya says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:37 AM
    Cromarties gonna hate Brady more than he hates condoms after this game.
    ________________________________LMAO.

  50. mrgrosky says: Jan 16, 2011 3:52 PM

    Cromartie and his Jets are going DOWN! Please check my prediction and New York photos at http://thisweekwithmitchgrosky.wordpress.com/ #jets #patriots #newyork

  51. jimeejohnson says: Jan 16, 2011 6:04 PM

    Jets making Patriots look very bad. OooooF!

  52. cw480 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:03 PM

    @ ampats

    Maybe you can use Bradys uggs to wipe your tears. Have fun watchin the same ole Jets on TV next week.

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