It's never surprising to hear about the Jets talking trash. Ever since Rex Ryan took charge, in fact, it seems as though it's been encouraged.
With the Patriots starting several little-known players on defense, they probably should have expected to get an earful from the Jets. But if they did, they weren't admitting it after their win Sunday night.
"I didn't hear any of it," said Sterling Moore, who made his first career start at safety. "At least I try not to pay too much attention to it. I mean Plaxico did a little bit of talking but it wasn't too much."
The little bit Moore did hear didn't bother him. He's an undrafted rookie out of Southern Methodist playing against some Super Bowl champions and All-Pros. He gets it.
"It makes sense," Moore said. "That's why I'm out there. I'm out there to make a name for myself."
Kyle Arrington, who has a little bit more experience in Bill Belichick's system, handled it exactly as his coach would. Private conversations I have with players are kept private. Or something like that.
"I don't hear a thing," Arrington said. "I just go out there. Whetever happens in between the lines, stays in between the lines. Anything else, ignore the noise."
Not that it didn't feel good to hear the noise and then beat them on the field.
"We stopped them," said Mark Anderson, "so that shut them up right there."