Jets worried about Jets, not Patriots, after loss


Jets worried about Jets, not Patriots, after loss

By Mary Paoletti Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti

FOXBORO -- You heard about this game all week: Patriots versus Jets. Rivalry week. The week Rex Ryan's crew returns for the first time since booting New England from the playoffs and jet-planeing triumphantly through the tunnel and into the AFC championship game.

The implications escalated along with the media chatter.

A Patriots loss would put them at 1-2 in the AFC East; a Jets loss would put them at 2-3 overall. It isn't just divisional football, it's Jets Week.

But if you go by New York's postgame reaction, this was Just Another Week. Almost every Jets player interviewed after the 30-21 loss at Gillette Stadium spoke about . . . the positives.

"We're going to take this game and learn from it as best we can and just move forward," said defensive back Darrelle Revis. "Hopefully, catch them the second time around when we play them later on in the season."

Yes, that was Revis. New York's talented, trash-talking cornerback was in move-on mode after the loss and couldn't be bumped off course. The whole locker room was set to a mellow simmer if not soaking in ambivalence. The Jets dressed quietly but weren't sullen; they talked with the media, but weren't provocative.

The Patriots took Week 3's loss to the Buffalo Bills harder.

"We had a great game plan coming in," Revis shrugged. "We knew a lot of things that they were doing, but . . . they executed. Tom Brady is an unbelievable quarterback. He made some great throws and those guys ran some great routes."

Revis spoke good-naturedly about his much-hyped coverage match up against Patriots receiver Wes Welker. Welker is a man on fire in 2011 and has recorded more receiving yards (740) through the first five games than any player in NFL history. But the Chargers did limit him to 81 yards on seven balls in Week 2. And his average per game over the last six seasons is 61.5 yards.

Holding Welker to 124 on five catches isn't exactly a shutdown night. But if the Jets are bothered, they're hiding it well.

"We stressed this week of playing tight coverage. The one out route that Welker did on me, I had him blanketed and the ball . . . " Revis laughed softly and shook his head. "I don't even know. It's like he shot-putted it up and it went straight down in to his hands."

Antonio Cromartie, Revis' other half, was also undaunted.

"It's frustrating, but it's football," he said. "You have your ups and downs. You've got to take the negative with the positive. The biggest thing for us is that we just stay together and build on the things we're capable of doing good. We actually played pretty good, we just didn't play good enough to come out with the win today."

But Revis had to be one guy salivating for the rematch, right? It would only be right, considering he's the very vocal President of the 'I Hate Brady' club.

"Definitely," he said of the November 13 game. "But that's further down the line. My concern right now is getting ready for Monday night against Miami."

Can you believe him? Can you believe these bright-side Jets?


This isn't Week 13 with both teams tied at 9-2. The Jets weren't embarrassed in excess of 43 points -- they hung within six until the last minute of the game. And Sunday night certainly wasn't anywhere close to a divisional title game.

Pride will always factor into this rivalry, but the Jets say they're more concerned with the bigger picture right now. It's really not so crazy considering this game follows an ugly 34-24 loss in Oakland and an uglier 34-17 loss in Baltimore.

"It's a lot of frustration; we lost three games in a row. It's tough," Revis said. "It's tough right now, but we got to stop committing mistakes out on the field. We've got to be consistent in our game play. It was a tough game tonight."

There's just too much work to do. Quarterback Mark Sanchez balked a la Jim Mora when asked about grinding it out to the playoffs.

"Forget about the postseason right now,"he said. "It's not like we're out of this thing, but we need to just win."

The thing about the Jets is, you know they'll do the work. Whether they're up or down, there won't be any shrugging at New Meadowlands after Week 10.

Mary Paoletti can be reached at Follow Mary on Twitter at http:twitter.comMary_Paoletti.

Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate


Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass. 

Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow


Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

Tom Brady wasn't always the most famous person in his family. Growing up, his sisters were the accomplished athletes in the household. 

For his latest Throwback Thursday style Facebook post, Brady published a pair of photos of an old high school essay that he wrote in the fall of his senior year in 1994. It was titled "The way my sisters influenced me."

I found an essay I wrote in 1994... I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, June 23, 2016

In it, he discusses some of the difficulties of growing up with three older sisters and no brothers. Because Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady had achieved so much in softball, basketball and soccer, Brady -- or "Tommy," as he signed his paper -- had trouble getting noticed. 

Of course, it wouldn't be long before Brady was headed from San Mateo, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in order to play football for the Wolverines. He probably had no trouble garnering attention by then. Still, it's funny to read about how he felt overlooked in his youth. 

He closed the essay explaining that he knew his sisters would always provide him support throughout his life, adding, "hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe . . . "

If the Brady sisters didn't get those kinds of comments by the time the baby of the family was given an 'A' for his English assignment, it probably didn't take long before they did. About seven years later, he took over as the starting quarterback of the Patriots.