Rhodes intends 'to embarrass' Patriots on Sunday
September, 17, 2009
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
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|Jets safety Kerry Rhodes wants to do more than just defeat the Patriots on Sunday.|
On Wednesday, I wrote a column about the motivational powers of the locker-room bulletin board.
Maybe I should have waited until Thursday.
New York Jets safety Kerry Rhodes told New York Daily News columnist that "enough is enough" when it comes to not being able to beat the New England Patriots on a regular basis.
Imagine, then, how the Buffalo Bills feel. They've lost 12 straight times. The Jets beat the Patriots just last year, but that's apparently not good enough for Rhodes.
"You go out from the first quarter on, from the first play on, and try to embarrass them,” Rhodes told Myers. "Not just go out there and try to win, try to embarrass them. Try to make them feel bad when they leave here.
"We don't want to just beat them. We want to send a message to them: 'We’re not backing down from you, and we expect to win this game, and it’s not going to be luck. It's not going to be a mistake.' "
Somewhere in Patriots locker room, these quotes have been posted in a very prominent place.
Rhodes also promised the Jets' defense would get to Tom Brady more than the six times the Bills hit him Monday night. The Jets hit Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub eight times.
Rhodes, noting that Brady holds the ball longer than Schaub, said the plan is to fluster the two-time Super Bowl MVP with constant pressure.
"Any quarterback can be rattled," Rhodes said. "He's one of the best. Don't get me wrong. That's evident. Any quarterback, Peyton Manning, even if you get in his face, if you rattle the quarterback, you get pressure on the quarterback, any quarterback it is, he’s not going to be the same. Nobody."