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Belichick tells Pats to keep quiet

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The Jets have been doing plenty of chirping in preparation for the renewal of their rivalry with the Patriots.  The Patriots, in turn, are saying nothing.

“You ain’t going to hear nothing from us, that’s for damn sure,” an unnamed player recently told Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.  “Boss’ orders.”

Coach Bill Belichick dodged the question of whether he has told the players not to talk.  “We try to focus on what we need to do to beat the Jets,” Belichick said.  “That’s what we’re here for.  I mean, what else is there to talk about?”

From the Jets’ perspective, plenty.  And that highlights the fundamental differences between the franchises, and their coaches.  The Jets are willing to risk angering the opponent if chatter will create confidence.  The Pats prefer to take no chances.

And the players know there will be repercussions.  In January, receiver Wes Welker was benched at the start of the game after making a string of wise cracks about the foot-fetish nonsense that came to light in December regarding Jets coach Rex Ryan.

There’s no right answer or wrong answer, and we’ve got a feeling that all of the talking (or non-talking) becomes irrelevant once the ball is kicked.

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  1. raider316 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:04 AM

    Yeah! No sense in sticking your foot in your mouth if you’re the PATs. The Jets are ok with it ………..one way or another

  2. brwmstr says: Oct 7, 2011 10:05 AM

    “The Pats prefer to take no chances.”
    I don’t think that is an accurate assesment. More like Belichick would perfer his team to do their “talking” on the field….by way of out scoring the opposition and getting a win.

  3. skeefe1976 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:07 AM

    In Bill We Trust

  4. nesportsfan0428 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:07 AM

    This isn’t news, the Patriots never engage in trash talk.

    And the only one trash-talking on the Jets side is Antonio “insert child-support joke here” Cromartie.

  5. tallguyme says: Oct 7, 2011 10:08 AM

    The way it should be.

  6. comeonnowguys says: Oct 7, 2011 10:10 AM

    Not a Pats fan by any means, but that Welker thing was pretty funny.

    There’s trash talking bulletin board material stuff, and then there’s having a little fun.

  7. buttercheck says: Oct 7, 2011 10:10 AM

    Love this rivalry. As a Patriots fan it’s sooo nice to have a talented contending team face them twice (three) times a year.

  8. jacunn2000 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:11 AM

    Pats play will do all of the talking.
    I used to kinda root for the Jets, but their shtick got old really fast. Just shut up and play GOOD football Jets!

  9. supashug says: Oct 7, 2011 10:13 AM

    good luck jets, you losers, ha ha ha

  10. skoobyfl says: Oct 7, 2011 10:14 AM

    Maybe Bill can put his best foot forward here, that’s something Rex will understand.

  11. rexismybff says: Oct 7, 2011 10:14 AM

    He’s just afraid of angering the Jets – he knows that the game will just be one loss, and he needs to avoid injuries to have any shot at a wildcard.

  12. pigskinswag says: Oct 7, 2011 10:15 AM

    “Well done is better than well said” – Tom Brady

  13. waltdawg says: Oct 7, 2011 10:17 AM

    Shocker! Bill is not talking trash? What? He is like the new Andrew Dice Clay.

  14. jsho55 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:17 AM

    Belichick of all people said that?????

    Thats big news. Especially top headline type news.

  15. bunkmcnulty says: Oct 7, 2011 10:18 AM

    I am not a Pats fan, but Welker’s comments last year in that press conference were one of the funniest things a player has ever done – all time! Hard not to like him as a player too. Imagine if Randy Moss played that hard!

  16. das14 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:20 AM

    Yep. There is a formula to winning and this is part of it. Plus, if you did lose you don’t feel as stupid and if you win it’s that much sweeter.

  17. kellyb9 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:23 AM

    I know there’s a lot of fans that want to hear these teams jaw back and forth, but I’m not one of them. Good teams do their talking out on the field. I don’t need to hear anger in their voices during the weekly press conferences to know that these teams don’t like each other.

  18. cfmaguire9 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:23 AM

    I wonder who the unnamed player is mentioned above. It’s a comment from a NY Post reporter. Most logical guess would be Shaun Ellis I would think.

  19. thelongestgoodbye says: Oct 7, 2011 10:30 AM

    As much as I dont like Belicheck, the curmudgeon, or Brady, I have to say I respect the way they refuse to get involved in the Jets useless banter.

  20. skeefe1976 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:34 AM

    Can’t wait to hear BB tell Cromartie to go F himself a la Derrick Mason

  21. dsigrey says: Oct 7, 2011 10:36 AM

    All the boasting is fine as long as you’re winning. But when you say you’re going to win the Super Bowl every year and never win it, the team will eventually stop buying your bull. This is why these coaches have a short lifespan. Keep talking guys, soon it will all fall apart… that’s what history tells us.

  22. cfmaguire9 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:38 AM

    skeefe1976 says:
    Oct 7, 2011 10:34 AM
    Can’t wait to hear BB tell Cromartie to go F himself a la Derrick Mason

    ===============================

    Or… cant wait to hear BB tell Derrick Mason to go F himself…. a la Derrick Mason

  23. jimyritz says: Oct 7, 2011 10:39 AM

    The only guys talking on the Jets are a guy who doesn’t know the name of his kids and a guy who shot himself in the leg… if I’m the Jets I might tell them to shut up, too………..

  24. swagger52 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:39 AM

    Too overrated teams playing each other.

    The end result is predictable:
    One team will win, but it will settle nothing.
    The Jets will complain about a call to favor Tom Brady, and they will be right.
    Tom Brady will complain about calls not made in his favor, and the wuss will be wrong.
    Tom Brady will deliver post game trash talk, we are the Patriots we are better than trash talking, we let the other teams talk, blah blah blah.

  25. mrconnors says: Oct 7, 2011 10:40 AM

    Not talking didn’t help them in the playoffs. I’m not saying they should act like the buffoon Jets, but if one of their nimrod players says something, a Patriot should be able to respond. Enough of making them sit there like pansies while the Jets fire shot after shot.

  26. joetoronto says: Oct 7, 2011 10:44 AM

    cfmaguire9 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:23 AM

    I wonder who the unnamed player is mentioned above. It’s a comment from a NY Post reporter. Most logical guess would be Shaun Ellis I would think.
    *************************************************
    I’m guessing it wasn’t Tom Brady or Wes Welker.

    I could go on and on, but I won’t. :)

  27. Drummond says: Oct 7, 2011 10:50 AM

    What got me about the usual low-life Jets trash-talk is how stroke-inducing indignant they got when after months and months of trying to instigate something, they finally did a response out of a Patriot.

    Or as Shakespeare said about trash-talkers in general: “Methinks they doth protest too much.”

  28. eaglesw00t says: Oct 7, 2011 10:55 AM

    This is definitely the smart move. You look at the Jets and all the talking they do, and its almost embarrassing. They have some pretty classless players on their team. Cromartie needs to have a trap put on his mouth, so that if he opens it, he gets smacked.

  29. fissels says: Oct 7, 2011 10:56 AM

    I like the Jets but they need to shut up. I agree with Belichick. Let the other team do all the talkin

  30. ampats says: Oct 7, 2011 10:58 AM

    The jets are going to try to do whatever they can do to try to get an edge because clearly New England is the superior team. I didn’t realize till this AM’s M&M that Sanchez was the third WORST rated QB in the NFL this season with a QVR rating at 20.

    No ground game, weak QB and a D that was a shell of itself from last year. This one could get real ugly for jets fans.

    Tanny has left the cupboard bare as the jets have no depth and looking like a third place finish in the AFC East for the New Jersey stepchildren.

    Happy 43rd !

  31. CKL says: Oct 7, 2011 11:00 AM

    As a Pats fan, I just find it odd that Cro et al are still talking like this. Usually that’s the mark of a team trying to convince themselves they can beat the other team. They already trash talked before all the games last year and proved they can take it to my team in the most important of the three matchups last year. So why trash talk like this?
    Makes no sense.

  32. hooockey says: Oct 7, 2011 11:06 AM

    I’m not a Pats fan or a Jets fan, so I’m neutral here.

    Last year in the playoffs, the Jets were flapping their gums, and played with enthusiasm and passion. The Pats were muzzled, couldn’t respond to trash talking, got uptight, played like robots and choked. A less talented team upset a more talented team who had destroyed them 2 months earlier.

    Maybe Belichick should learn a lesson from this. Lately his teams seem to choke in every big game. They haven’t won a playoff game for what, 5 years? Let the boys loosen up so they can play with passion and stop choking!!!

    It’s difficult for a man to hear constant trash talking from the opponent (Jets), but he is muzzled, can’t respond, it bottles up inside, and this leads to choking.

    I know Belichick is a mediocre GM (his awful defense gets worse every year, the team is nothing without Tom Brady). But it’s starting to look like his coaching isn’t as great as it used to be (he’s still great though).

    Bill: when your uptight team keeps choking, it’s time to let them loosen up and be themselves.

    Case in point: Ochocinco. He’s wound so tightly, and is trying so hard to not be himself, that he’s a mess right now, dropping passes, can’t do anything right.

    Look at the new breed of successful young coaches who let the players have personality and be themselves: Tomlin, McCarthy, Schwartz, Morris. 2 of them have recent rings, too.

  33. shallowfan says: Oct 7, 2011 11:13 AM

    Rex’s way or Bill’s way?

    I think I’m going with Bill’s way…a proven winner.

    I’m all for talking a little, but the Jets have just gone over and beyond in my opinion.

    Rex is great at motivating his team and building them up. When he came on the scene it was refreshing hearing a coach boast like him, but now it has gotten old and he just needs to be quiet and play the game.

  34. wtf__seriously says: Oct 7, 2011 11:14 AM

    Did anyone really read all these posts? Let me save you the trouble by paraphrasing them for you: Remember Jets fans, the Patriots team and fans are the epitome of class, distinction, and style. We should all aspire to be more like them in our everyday lives, and especially on Sundays.

    Seriously…it’s football, not the Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby. STFU about another team’s style and worry about your own. Stop preaching because you are as annoying as a mosquito in the room when we’re trying to sleep.

    Please, because we are tired of you making us taste our own bile.

  35. nuclearwarfare says: Oct 7, 2011 11:17 AM

    Reading anything Belichick says is almost as painful as listening to it. The man is a great coach, but he literally dodges every question. I feel like that is how he talks in every day life. Like his mailman would walk up to his door and say, “Hey Bill! How is your day?” and he would reply, “My day is just like any other day. I get up, prepare to get myself as ready as possible, and then go to work. It’s just what I do every day.”

  36. irishmike1973 says: Oct 7, 2011 11:24 AM

    Maybe big bill doesn’t want his players slipping and start talking about all the different ways the pats cheat

  37. rushmatic says: Oct 7, 2011 11:24 AM

    I’m with you, ampats.

    Sanchez isn’t going to be the focus of the offense this week because Rex knows what the kind of beating he’d get would likely do to him, I think.

    Let ‘em ground and pound. LdT and Greene are definitely not as good as McFadden and Bush, and the Pats didn’t let them get out of control.

  38. ny82jy says: Oct 7, 2011 11:37 AM

    @ampats

    You talk more trash than Rex and every single jets player comibned since Rex has been coach. You think your team is so great even though its been what 4 years since you won a playoff game. The Jets have beat you guys 2 out of the last 3 times they have played and you still talk all of this crap. What will you say Sunday when they make it 3 out of 4?

  39. gimmeabruschi says: Oct 7, 2011 11:49 AM

    The last result of note for the jets will have been the playoff win against the Pats. It’s been all downhill from there. Check back in 5 years and see if things have improved.

    Rex gets fired next season. Amazingly he is hired as DC by Belichick. BB forces Rex to wear a ball gag for which only he has the key. Mrs. Rex finds this an incredible turn-on and their marriage is revitalized despite the history of defeet that has haunted her man. And they all live happily ever after, except the jets who continued to suck for eternity.

  40. 6ball says: Oct 7, 2011 11:55 AM

    .

    Players talk at their own risk. However, they should remember that the NFL has ways to humble you. Haven’t we all seen the league get the better of it’s greatest players? I’ve seen Brady, Manning, Montana and Marino all walk off with their heads down.

    .

  41. homelanddefense says: Oct 7, 2011 11:57 AM

    “They haven’t won a playoff game for what, 5 years?”

    Not really, 5 years ago was 2006…Patriots made the AFC Championship game in 2006. The next year they made the superbowl.

    But they are 0 for their last 3.

  42. rc33 says: Oct 7, 2011 12:00 PM

    “take no chances” is an inaccurate characterization.
    Has nothing to do with taking (or not taking) chances, IMO.

    The Jets run their mouths. The Jets Coach runs his mouth.
    180-degrees the opposite in New England.

  43. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 7, 2011 12:06 PM

    “Belichick tells Pats to keep quiet”…

    —————————————————

    Not surprising.

    Belichimp always did prefer VIDEO to audio…

  44. heisthejuan says: Oct 7, 2011 12:08 PM

    You ain’t going to hear nothing from us, that’s for damn sure,” an unnamed player recently told Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. “Boss’ orders.”
    ===============================

    Yeah, that doesn’t sound like a made up quote or anything… Does anyone doubt that the Post would invent a quote and then F.lo.rio would run with it?

  45. camdenyard says: Oct 7, 2011 12:27 PM

    The J-E-T-S (suck suck suck) just got done being run over by the Raiders and brutalized on national TV by my Ravens. The last thing they should be doing is talking.

    I’m not a fan of NE, but I predict a serious beatdown of the Jets again this week.

  46. faulkana says: Oct 7, 2011 12:30 PM

    ny82jy says:
    Oct 7, 2011 11:37 AM
    @ampats

    You talk more trash than Rex and every single jets player comibned since Rex has been coach. You think your team is so great even though its been what 4 years since you won a playoff game. The Jets have beat you guys 2 out of the last 3 times they have played and you still talk all of this crap. What will you say Sunday when they make it 3 out of 4?
    —————————————————
    We will say, “When is the last time the Jets won a Super Bowl?”

  47. steviethewiz says: Oct 7, 2011 12:32 PM

    Be quiet and watch the tape we smuggled in fellas……………

    And look at little ampats getting ready for his super bowl..way to go little buddy. I hope your moms lets you stay up late I know its a school night but this is all to make up for that one and done last year remember – I know you do its all you’ve talked about the last two months. Oh and say hello to gaypatsfan as I’m sure you are having her over for your SUPER BOWL party……………Ha Ha.

  48. kate773 says: Oct 7, 2011 12:38 PM

    homelanddefense says:
    Oct 7, 2011 11:57 AM
    “They haven’t won a playoff game for what, 5 years?”

    Not really, 5 years ago was 2006…Patriots made the AFC Championship game in 2006. The next year they made the superbowl.

    But they are 0 for their last 3.

    _______________________________

    You mean 0 for their last 2. They didn’t make the playoffs in 2008 despite their 11-5 record.

  49. Deb says: Oct 7, 2011 12:39 PM

    I love the way Belichick keeps a lid on his players. Win or lose, it’s a classy approach. And nobody ever won a game by babbling into a microphone.

  50. nutitletown says: Oct 7, 2011 1:00 PM

    Actually, its not that the pats don’t want to risk giving the other team bulletin board material, its just that they prefer to take the high road. They prefer to act with class and be good sportsmen. This is the standard that Belichick sets, and if any of his players don’t maintain this standard of sportsmenship, they get punished.

    “There’s no right or wrong answer?” ahhh yeah, actually there is. Running your mouth the way rex ryan does is classless and disrespectful. By flapping his gums and talking about Bill Belichick the way he does, Rex Ryan is showing us that he is has zero class and absolutely no respect for his peers.

    To accept the way Rex constantly yaps and to say that it is “just his style,” is tantamount to accepting a decline in the standards of human decency.

    Buddy Ryan did a horrible job raising his son. Rex is setting a horrible example for today’s youth. But blogs like this one, and other media outlets condone his actions because it is good for business.

    just tellin it like it is guys

  51. thefappingcows says: Oct 7, 2011 1:03 PM

    The Jets need their confidence restored by trash talking because their record is not good enough for it

  52. nicosanchez02 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:06 PM

    Man, we’re just here to play some foot ball!

    Signed Wes Welker!!

  53. richm2256 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:27 PM

    ny82jy says:
    What will you say Sunday when they make it 3 out of 4?

    —————————————————————
    Ask that question AFTER they’ve won, nimrod.

  54. rodgerthat says: Oct 7, 2011 1:28 PM

    skoobyfl says:
    Oct 7, 2011 10:14 AM
    Maybe Bill can put his best foot forward here, that’s something Rex will understand.
    ___________________________
    HAHAHAHAAHHAHAHA!

  55. jerruhjones21 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:28 PM

    no1billsfan says:Oct 7, 2011 10:26 AM

    ————————

    Grow up…

  56. dlk47823 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:29 PM

    Let’s look at the facts:
    jets took 2 of 3 last year
    Jet Offense is 25, Pat Offense is 1
    Jet Defense is 8, Pat defense is 32
    Looks like a close matchup to me
    Jets 28-21
    same as last year’s playoff game

  57. rodgerthat says: Oct 7, 2011 1:30 PM

    swagger52 says:
    Oct 7, 2011 10:39 AM
    Too overrated teams playing each other.

    The end result is predictable:
    One team will win, but it will settle nothing.
    The Jets will complain about a call to favor Tom Brady, and they will be right.
    Tom Brady will complain about calls not made in his favor, and the wuss will be wrong.
    Tom Brady will deliver post game trash talk, we are the Patriots we are better than trash talking, we let the other teams talk, blah blah blah.
    ————————————
    This sounds like a concession????? Isnt the game on this weekend?

  58. dlk47823 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:31 PM

    Perception of Pats fans:
    Pats are great
    Jets suck
    But, if the Jets win again in Foxboro Sunday,
    they’re ahead of the Pats
    No team with the last ranked Def has ever won an NFL Playoff game
    That’s reality

  59. RexCanCoach says: Oct 7, 2011 1:45 PM

    the Patriots can’t get out of their own way. Defense is HORRIBLE. last time I checked BB used to be a decent defensive coach…

    best moment this year so far was game vs. the Buffalo Bills, watching that game ending FG sail thru the uprights brought a smile across my face.

    Just a gut check — hey Patsy fans, you lost to the BILLS. and you lost to the JETS in the playoffs 9 months ago.

    The phrase “going nowhere fast” applies to BB, Brady, and all of the Patriots in 2011.

  60. ugaboogaloo says: Oct 7, 2011 2:01 PM

    Sure would be funny if the Jets beat the Pats this week.

  61. notdemfalcons says: Oct 7, 2011 2:18 PM

    or else he’ll have their nutsax for breakfast

  62. freewayjim says: Oct 7, 2011 2:27 PM

    skeefe1976 says:
    Oct 7, 2011 10:34 AM
    Can’t wait to hear BB tell Cromartie to go F himself a la Derrick Mason
    ———————————————–
    It’s a safe bet that Cromartie would not use a condom either!

  63. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 7, 2011 2:52 PM

    One of the few reasons I respect the Patriots — and tire of the Jets. They talk too much and then play back to back stinkers.

    … AND KEEP TALKING.

  64. bcgreg says: Oct 7, 2011 4:39 PM

    @ wtf_seriously

    You never won the Pinewood Derby did you?

  65. 6ball says: Oct 7, 2011 4:50 PM

    .

    Cromartie is the only player with a baby momma practice squad.

    .

  66. monropoobah says: Oct 8, 2011 11:00 AM

    nutitletown says:
    Oct 7, 2011 1:00 PM
    Actually, its not that the pats don’t want to risk giving the other team bulletin board material, its just that they prefer to take the high road. They prefer to act with class and be good sportsmen. This is the standard that Belichick sets, and if any of his players don’t maintain this standard of sportsmenship, they get punished.

    “There’s no right or wrong answer?” ahhh yeah, actually there is. Running your mouth the way rex ryan does is classless and disrespectful. By flapping his gums and talking about Bill Belichick the way he does, Rex Ryan is showing us that he is has zero class and absolutely no respect for his peers.

    To accept the way Rex constantly yaps and to say that it is “just his style,” is tantamount to accepting a decline in the standards of human decency.

    Buddy Ryan did a horrible job raising his son. Rex is setting a horrible example for today’s youth. But blogs like this one, and other media outlets condone his actions because it is good for business.

    just tellin it like it is guys
    —————————————
    rex said bb is the best and he’s gonna try to beat him.
    you’re an obvious believer in the concept that some people should get to decide how other people act. your argument regarding ‘accepting a decline in human decency’ is vacuous. and you’re a bonehead.
    just tellin it like it is.

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