Jets safety says prepping for Brady is like prepping for, yes, Cousins

AP

If the ill-advised decision of whoever works for (or used to work for) the Patriots to commemorate the butt fumble on #ThrowbackThursday resonated with the Jets, it’s been more than balanced out by the boastful comments of Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson — and by the inexplicable observations of Jets safety Marcus Gilchrist.

“You prepare [for Tom Brady] the same way you prepare for Kirk Cousins,” Gilchrist told USA Today on Thursday.

Wait, the Jets prepare for Brady the same way the prepared for Kirk Freaking Cousins?

“You don’t change,” Gilchrist said. “It’s like turning the light switch on and off because it’s a different person. Kirk Cousins could have easily come out there [last week] and we could’ve not played sound football and not been where we were supposed to be and he could’ve looked the same way [as Brady].

“We can’t allow one game to be bigger than the other. Do we realize the type of player we’re playing against? Yes, we do. But you don’t change. We’ve got to be 1-0 this week, regardless of who it is – Brady – regardless of who we’re playing.”

Gilchrist insisted he’s not disparaging anyone, but it’s hard to see the comments as anything other than a slap at Brady, who has more talent in his gall bladder than Cousins has in his entire body.

Regardless of what Gilchrist meant, his words give Brady even more fuel for a fire that already has been raging all season long, thanks to #DeflateGate.

54 responses to “Jets safety says prepping for Brady is like prepping for, yes, Cousins

  1. Are you reading comprehension challenged? This quote is about not taking a QB like Kirk Cousins LIGHTLY. It is absolutely NOT an insinuation that Tom Brady is no more challenging than Cousins. This is what happens when the NFL media is bored on a Thursday.

  2. wow really reaching to find some material to hype this game…..you guys miss Rex don’t you….this is why players hate talking to the press….

  3. Keep dreaming Jets fans. Tom will take this as a slight and don’t get upset when Brady is yapping at Gilchrist in the end zone after he throws a TD on him

  4. Maybe this is why the Jets keep losing. Their head coach must be getting ticked off at some of his players that can’t seem to keep their mouth shut.

  5. I’m sure if they ask Tom about this he would be thinking Marcus who? However he is way too classy to stoop to these clowns coments. All the Patriots comments will be reserved for the field on Sunday. Thanks for the motivarion.

  6. I’m a pats fan and it didn’t read like he was disrespecting anyone to me. It DOES sound like Bowles has been drumming it into their heads not to be awed by the pats…which means they are.

    Kid men no harm Bowles is just trying to change the atrocious filter Rex actually encouraged there. When he actually gets on the field the kid is going to get an up close look and education about the difference between cousins and brady

  7. It’s doubtful that Brady would take offense at the comments.He knows who he is and what he can do. It’s all about execution of a game plan. Same thing for the Jets.

    Fuel for the media, but not for the players.

  8. Meh….

    Nothing to see here.

    I wish Rexy was still with the Jets.

    It gave me more of a reason to hate the jets.

    I wish someone would punch their former starting QB in the face. What was his name?

  9. A story only to those who haven’t played sports and gone through preparations for an opponent. He essentially (albeit perhaps unwittingly) was quoting Vince Lombardi.

  10. Wait are Jets fans complaining about the media twisting words? The same Jets fans who said “same old Rex” when Rex complimented Gronk by saying he was so good that King Kong would be needed to cover him?

    For the record I am not defending Rex, Rex is a bafoon. But lookout for those glass walls when throwing your stones.

  11. “It DOES sound like Bowles has been drumming it into their heads not to be awed by the pats…which means they are.”

    What Bowles is doing is smart but you are right on target with the reality. Marshall went on and on about it just being another game during Inside The NFL but he was butt hurt when his co-hosts picked the Patriots to win. It might not happen but picking the Jets to win at Gillette in a game they are more than a touchdown dog wouldn’t make much sense.

    Belichick treats every game as important and every team as tough but he also emphasizes the importance of divisional games, especially one at home.

  12. The Jets today apparently think they’ll have better Luck poking the bear than the Steelers, Bills, Colts & countless past examples have.

  13. Before this quote Brady only kinda wanted to win – now he wants to win more to prove to Gilchrist that he is better than Kirk Cousins. Sounds pretty dumb, huh? That’s pretty much what the article is suggesting.

  14. It’s more of a stupid comment than anything. Cousins has a weak arm and defensive backs can lay off a bit more and look for picks. I would think loading up on DBs and trying to get a pass rush from four is a distinct way to try to stop Brady. You just need to prepare differently no matter what they say in NY.

  15. There is no more disrespect to this than to the contrived Sheldon Richardson story earlier. On the other hand it is good to see most of my fellow Pats fans responding to it like we should. Maybe we are finally outlasting the yahoos that have been making us all look like the 12’s we despise.

  16. magnumpimustache says:
    Oct 22, 2015 9:53 PM

    Meh….

    Nothing to see here.

    I wish Rexy was still with the Jets.

    It gave me more of a reason to hate the jets.

    I wish someone would punch their former starting QB in the face. What was his name?
    ———————————–

    Mark Sanchez

  17. I don’t think he meant any insult, but he is completely wrong. You should prepare for each quarterback differently. Each quarterback has tendencies. Each quarterback has things that he does better or worse. If you prepare for Brady the same way as Cousins, you will lose. If Brady prepared for the Jets defense the same way as he did for the Colts, he might lose.

  18. I don’t understand this article and I’m a Patriots fan. He’s saying you don’t take anyone lightly so you prepare the same way you would for any team. He’s not equating Brady to Cousins. This really is a stretch if you’re looking for billboard material

  19. OK, technically he didn’t say Cousins and Brady were equal, and it’s true that you don’t alter the level of preparation regardless of who the QB will be…..but he must have realized that comments like this will be interpreted as him comparing Brady to Cousins in terms of talent. This is bulletin board material, whether he intended it that way or not. It’s not “Rex Ryan level” incitement, but it’s still not a smart thing to do when you’re about to play the Patriots.

  20. Not at all impressed by this article. It seems to suggest that if Gilchrist had said a couple of weeks ago, “Of course we’re not preparing as hard; it’s just Kirk Cousins; it’s not like he’s Tom Brady,” that would have been acceptable and made sense. I don’t take his comments as a slap at Brady at all. I would like to believe that NFL players prepare at the same level (although perhaps with different strategies) each week.

  21. This also confirms that the average football fan does in fact no far more than the talking heads or their side show “freaks/ kicks/insert BS, etc.” The only value the Florio’s, PFT, ESPN, CBSSports etc. provides to us fans who know something about football is NEWS; as in transaction NEWS. Leave the rest to the pros (i.e., us fans!)!!

  22. “You prepare [for Tom Brady] the same way you prepare for Kirk Cousins,”

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    Hey Marcus… have you ever considered that might be why the Jets haven’t won a division since 2002?

  23. sbs0311 says:
    Oct 22, 2015 9:03 PM

    Are you reading comprehension challenged? This quote is about not taking a QB like Kirk Cousins LIGHTLY. It is absolutely NOT an insinuation that Tom Brady is no more challenging than Cousins. This is what happens when the NFL media is bored on a Thursday.

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    Come on… you have to see how insulting that is. Cousins wouldn’t make a list of the top 1000 QBs of all time. It doesn’t matter if it was intended to offend, it definitely did.

  24. rufustfirefly1303 says:
    Oct 22, 2015 10:00 PM

    Whats wrong with that quote? Simply saying how theyre going to prepare the same as any other week.

    ——————-

    That would have been fine, but that’s not what he said. If he hadn’t have named Cousins and Brady and just said something generic like that it wouldn’t have made the news.

  25. Meh.

    Jets have a good team and good head coach this season. They haven’t really been talking smack like the Bills were but they’re one of the few teams who can back it up.

    This will be the Patriots toughest test so far and the Pats will need to be at their best to win this one. This is definitely a game the Jets can win.

  26. Patriots are screwed this season. Too many great defenses in the AFC to cake walk through the playoffs this year. Brady is going to get his mouth punched and he loses those kinds of games. See vs. Giants Super Bowls and Rex Ryan’s ferocious Jets defense that always gave Brady fits.

  27. Gilchrist is correct. You can’t prepare for a new way for Shady and belicheat to bend the rules. You can only hope to catch them and counter their disdain for the rules.

  28. Means nothing, not to Brady, not to the Pats, nobody except somebody trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

  29. This sounds like what Brady says when asked how he will prepare for ___________(fill in team name)

    Do people really think Brady needs comments from other teams to motivate him? I would have thought that after last week that my fellow pats fans would have learned that the jibber jabber means nothing once the whistle blows.

    Who wins or loses is decided by execution and hopefully not injuries or questionable calls.

  30. This is the reason why Bill Belichick controls his players’ interactions with the media so much. Rule#1 – NEVER GIVE THE OTHER TEAM EXTRA MOTIVATION IN THE FORM OF BULLETIN-BOARD MATERIAL. You praise your opponent all week, then hammer them on Sunday. That’s the Patriot way.

  31. He’s right. You prep the same way for every game and do your job. It’s the coaches who adapt the game plan for the opponent. The players need routine to be successful.

  32. Lack of football knowledge if you don’t think teams prepare just as hard for any team. You always look for gives and tendencies no matter who you play. If you don’t, any professional QB no matter how bad some idiot thinks he is, will hang a L on you any given week.

  33. “Patriots are screwed this season. Too many great defenses in the AFC to cake walk through the playoffs this year. Brady is going to get his mouth punched and he loses those kinds of games.”

    Yes, because we all saw how Brady folded after getting demolished in the first half against the Cowboys a few weeks ago… right?

  34. So I take it the Jets D is practicing with anemometers to prepare for how the wind will affect Brady’s throws.

  35. johnniemayes says:Oct 23, 2015 3:21 AM

    Patriots are screwed this season. Too many great defenses in the AFC to cake walk through the playoffs this year. Brady is going to get his mouth punched and he loses those kinds of games. See vs. Giants Super Bowls and Rex Ryan’s ferocious Jets defense that always gave Brady fits.

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    Or vs. the Cowboys earlier this season, when he was pounded for the first half? 30-6, I think? Yea, I’ll take that kind of screwing each and every week please, lol.

  36. Of course you don’t prepare for every opponent in exactly the same way. Thinking that you do is silly. “Know your enemy and know yourself” – Sun Tzu.

  37. “Lack of football knowledge if you don’t think teams prepare just as hard for any team. ”

    It’s not a question of how hard you prepare. I agree that every NFL team needs to be taken seriously. But it’s silly to act like your team can do the same things against all opponents and have equal success.

    Belichick wins as many games as he does because he always tailors his strategy to the opponent he’s facing. Last week he faced the Colts, a pass-happy, weak-running team. This week he’s facing the Jets, a weak-passing, strong-running team. It would make no sense to have the same game plan for both opponents.

  38. First of all, this guy is just saying that they prepare the same for every game, every team, every QB. The difference with Brady and the Pats is that they prepare so much better than everyone else.

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