The Jets can’t help themselves. They just can’t. Given an opportunity they will always talk trash. It is who they are, and you can argue that it has worked for them.
Yesterday I tweeted my media myth of the week – That the Ravens/Steelers game is infinitely more physical than Patriots/Jets will be. It’s a rockfight! That’s just nonsense. This is the NFL, every game is physical and hard-hitting. Pittsburgh and Baltimore play ugly offenses, which to the media equals a slugfest. The Patriots and Jets will be just as physical with one another.
Today I’ll give you the media strawman of the week – Bill Belichick’s way of doing things and dealing with the media isn’t the only way that can work! I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard some media type say this this week, usually included with the whine is “He could let his players talk some.” Or my favorite Tweets of the week:
Good times. The whole Belichick’s way isn’t the only way is a strawman because I don’t hear anyone saying that Belichick’s way IS the only way. I only hear media types (including Boston folks) lecturing that there are other ways to be successful in the NFL.
For many Patriots, a new challenge - Monique Walker has many of the Patriots looking for their first playoff win.
Branch convinced that he’s right where he belongs - I honestly can’t tell you how happy I am to have Deion Branch back with the Patriots. Brian MacPherson says that it is like Branch never left. More on Branch from Steve Buckley and Glen Farley.
Patriots dig deep in forming roster - Mike Reiss looks at the 22 undrafted players on the Patriot roster.
Coaching philosophies give food for thought - Mark Farinella compares coaching styles, says that the Patriots approach is “programmed and repetitive, almost soulless – but it works.”
A closer call - Greg A Bedard has three NFL execs predicting a much closer game this time around.
Steering clear of Revis again should remain Pats top priority - Christopher Price says that Tom Brady still needs to avoid the island. Ian R. Rapoport has more.
Hats off to Bruins, Bergeron - Fluto Shinzawa has Patrice Bergeron registering the hat trick in the Bruins 6-0 win over the Senators last night.
Brad Marchand fitting in on second line, Tim Thomas sets new career-high in shutouts - DJ Bean with a few points from last night.
Celtics wise to wait on Kevin Garnett - Peter May doesn’t think the Celtics need to rush KG back into the lineup.