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.