Cromartie ready for the Patriots


Cromartie ready for the Patriots

By Mary Paoletti Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti

In New England, this is not NFL Week 5, it's Jets Week.

As soon as the Patriots' 31-19 win over the Raiders went in the book, the page turned to Rex Ryan and his trash-talking, rally-crying, Patriots-ousting Jets. It's the AFC East's most hot blooded match up in recent years and the hatred turned full boil in the Northeast last season when Ryan's crew booted Belichick's from the postseason.

There is no forgiving, no forgetting. On either side.

Newsday's Bob Glauber spoke with Antonio Cromartie after the Jets' 34-17 loss to Baltimore. The corner's rebound rate was predictably quick; he hadn't left M&T Bank Stadium before starting in on New England.

"We play against Tom Brady and New England, it's a divisional game, it's something to definitely look forward to and get excited about," he told Glauber. "We'll just do what we need to do, go out and make as many plays as we can and compete."

Surprisingly, Ryan didn't echo the enthusiasm. The Jets are 2-2, with the Ravens game butting up against Week 3's 34-17 beating in Buffalo. Glauber describes the usually bombastic coach as "muted."

"I'd rather play Summit (his son's high school team)," Ryan joked Monday. "There's probably easier assignments than going up against New England at New England. But that's the cards we were given, and we're going to play."

Not exactly a 'Super Bowl or bust' call. But Cromartie is picking up the slack. Naturally.

Last year's trash-talk was rabid. There was no quarterback in the league who drew more ire from the cornerback than Tom Brady. Cromartie went on a rant before the teams clashed in the playoffs, calling Brady "an a------" and accusing him of pointing to the Jets sideline after a touchdown pass in their last meeting -- a 45-3 New England win on December 6.

"If you want to be a professional, be a professional," Cromartie had said in January. "You've been there before scoring touchdowns, so go back to the sidelines . . . I hope he'll throw the ball 10 times my way . . . Let the scoreboard speak for itself, which it did the last game. Let your play speak for itself. Don't look at our sideline. That's the biggest sign of disrespect."

Eight months later he's singing the same tune.

"What I said last year, I meant it," Cromartie told Glauber. "I'm not going to take back anything. I'm definitely looking forward to this rivalry game. I still have the same feelings. Feelings don't change. Whatever I said last year is not going to change."

You can bet Brady is looking forward to it, too.

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Bryan Stork: 'Nothing but great memories' with Patriots


Bryan Stork: 'Nothing but great memories' with Patriots

After being traded to the Washington Redskins this week, former Patriots center Bryan Stork broke his 35-day Twitter silence to say farewell to New England.

For those who are wondering, the acronym "HTTR" stands for "Hail to the Redskins," the team's fight song. #HTTR is used by the team and fans on social media.

Stork was reportedly mulling retirement after being dealt, but has decided to report. 

The Patriots informed Stork of his release early Wednesday, but the Patriots and Redskins were able to work out a deal for a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick before the move was processed.

Ratto: Kaepernick controversy touches on hot-button issues in an ugly political year

Ratto: Kaepernick controversy touches on hot-button issues in an ugly political year

Ray Ratto joins Chevrolet SportsNet Central to discuss Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers preseason game.

Belichick says all three QBs could use more game reps

Belichick says all three QBs could use more game reps

Bill Belichick was expansive Saturday when asked on a conference call how he'll split the quarterback reps for the Patriots final preseason game Thursday in New York.

"I think that’s a good question, it’s a fair question, it’s one that we really have to give some good consideration to," Belichick began. "As I said before, I think whatever we do will benefit whoever does it. We want to get Jimmy [Garoppolo] ready for the Arizona game. Tom [Brady] isn’t going to be playing for a while, so it’s kind of his last chance to play until he comes back after a few weeks. Jacoby [Brissett] certainly could use all the playing time that he can get. I think that whichever players we play will benefit from it and it will be valuable to them. We could play all three quarterbacks a lot next week and they’d all benefit from that and it would all be good, but we can’t."

Since they can't, Belichick said there will be situational work done with whoever isn't going to get the game reps.

"We only have one game and so many snaps, so we’ll have to, between practice and the game, put them in some situations that are somewhat controllable like a two-minute situation or things like that that you know are going to kind of come up one way or another," said Belichick. "You can sort of control those in how you want those broken down, what’s best, what does each guy need and how can we get the best we need for each guy. I need to let them get the reps that they need, but it’s how do we get the team ready for what they need to be ready for. They all need to get ready for different things.

What Jimmy’s role is in a couple weeks is going to be a lot different than what Tom’s is, and it’s going to be a lot different than what Jacoby’s is. At some point later on, those roles are going to change again. So again, there’s no perfect solution to it. We’ll just do the best we can to try to have our individual players and our team as well prepared as possible at whatever point that is that we have to deal with, and whenever those situations come up."

As I wrote earlier today, this is the sticky and uncomfortable situation arising from Deflategate. It's not a Tom Brady penalty. It's a team penalty when one considers the ripple effects. And there's no handbook to consult.