BOSTON (CBS) — Week 1 of the NFL season is still more than three months away, but the trash talk between the Jets and Patriots has already begun.
The New York media had a chance to get reacquainted with Jets players on Thursday, and Darrelle Revis wasn’t shy.
The cornerback who could have another holdout session on his horizon was asked about teammate Antonio Cromartie calling Tom Brady an “a–hole.” Revis said it is appropriate at times.
“Sometimes he [does act like that] on the field,” Revis said, according to the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta.
(Some Patriots fans may argue that he acts like that on the red carpet, but that’s neither here nor there.)
Revis also told reporters he had no regrets for calling Patriots coach Bill Belichick a “jerk” on ESPN earlier this year, saying Belichick’s comments on the Jets can be disrespectful.
“When you make it personal, when you say things that are personal, why go there?” Revis said of reported derogatory comments Belichick made on the sideline after a Patriots win. “When you are talking about having a better defense, OK. But when you say they can suck … or whatever. It’s a sport. Hey, we shook your hands after the game. Then it gets too personal, without anything said from our side. They can feel they are better than us, just don’t get personal.”
That’s the same Bill Belichick who punished Wes Welker in a playoff game for making jokes at Jets coach Rex Ryan’s expense.
Last year, the Jets finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs, while the Patriots went 13-3 and made it to the Super Bowl. It’s clear, through one day of media availability, that the Jets’ strategy for 2012 will involve a heavy dose of trash talk.