Brady on what makes the Jets' D unique

December, 2, 2010
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady held his weekly press conference Thursday, spending most of his 12 or so minutes at the podium talking about what makes the Jets’ defense so difficult to play against.

Brady said it’s the combination of their pass rushing schemes and tight coverage from a pair of elite cornerbacks that sets the Jets apart.

“[Rex Ryan] has a pretty extensive playbook. He has a lot of different calls, all of them are based around rushes or getting to the quarterback,” Brady said. “I think it allows him a lot of flexibility when he has the type of cover players that he has because one on one matchup is fine when you have Darrelle Revis on anybody and [Antonio] Cromartie on anybody, then with those other nine guys, five can rush, and who knows what five they’re going to be. Sometimes it’s six guys that are rushing. They change it up pretty good.”

Earlier in the day in a conference call with New England media, Ryan was up front about his plan to put pressure on Brady and try to confuse him. For his part, the Patriots quarterback said he wouldn’t expect anything less Monday night.

“They’ve always [brought a lot of pressure]. I don’t think that’s anything we don’t expect,” Brady said. "When you look at blitz percentages, they blitz about half the time. On third down they blitz about thee quarters of the time. They’re blitzing a lot, and that’s really the trademark of the defense, to try and find different ways to get after the quarterback. That runs in the family. Talking to coach [Bill] Belichick, his dad was the same way. If you could hit the quarterback, who cares about the coverage?

“But with this team they cover you well too. They hit the quarterback and they cover. That’s what makes them so unique.”

Brady acknowledge the gravity of the game, the winner of which has the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the AFC and the loser likely looking at a first-round playoff game on the road. Still, he cautioned against blowing it up too large.

“This is not the Super Bowl,” Brady said. “There are games after this game that are very important as well. This game, for what we are trying to accomplish, win our division -- always the first goal of this team -- is a big game. We can’t expect to win the division and lose to the same team twice. We’ve got to really go out and execute at a much higher level than we did the first time we played them. They don’t leave you much room for error.”

Brady struggled in that Week 2 loss at the Meadowlands, throwing two interceptions and getting strip sacked for a third turnover.

“Hopefully we play better than we did in Week 2,” Brady said. “I think that’s what we’re all trying to accomplish this week. I didn’t think we played very good, we need to play a lot better this week to beat a team that is playing great football and is proving it can win in a lot of different ways. We like to think of ourselves as very tough, physical, smart, resilient and that’s what they are too. As much as it pains me to say.”

Earlier this season in a radio interview, Brady acknowledged that he hated the Jets. He was asked Thursday if he still felt that way.

“I promised coach Belichick I wouldn’t say anything derogatory, so I have no comment,” Brady said with a smile.

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