It didn’t take long for a new member of the New York Jets to run their mouth about Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Pryor said that when he first got to the Jets, there were two thing he had to hate: the Patriots and the New York Giants. Now this isn’t uncommon for a team’s culture to expect their players to hate certain rivals, but it was still a bit odd to hear a rookie talking about such a thing before he has even played a snap in the league.
Though it has been a slow news week in Boston, it has been roughly 24 hours and no response from the Patriots. Does anyone expect to hear anything from them? Not a all, as this is not their style. The Rex Ryan school of verbal-assault and public grandstanding is not the Bill Belichick way and it will never be, unless he coaches until he’s 75 and loses bits of his mind along the way.
Now part of me likes the way Ryan conducts himself and his team. He does have a certain swagger that many NFL coaches can use (cough Jason Garrett). However, I think he may reprimand a rookie who made such a statement on a New York talk show because Ryan knows that the Pats don’t need any more motivation than constantly falling short of another Super Bowl title.
Pryor should be an impact player for the Jets this season and will get at least two chances to square off against New England this season. Though we won’t hear anything publicly about, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Belichick run or throw at Pryor constantly in their first meeting, just to show the young fellow what life is like in the NFL.