FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran Jason Taylor, a longtime Patriots nemesis now in his first season with the Jets, held a conference call with Patriots reporters this afternoon.
The classy Taylor was asked about all the hubbub surrounding the game, from the trash talk of Antonio Cromartie to Tom Brady's on-field demeanor in the Dec. 6 matchup between the teams.
"I'm not one for the whole bulletin-board material thing," Taylor said. "I'm not one to mix it up a whole lot in the media either."
Because of that, Taylor's approach makes him an interesting fit on a Jets team that seems to embrace pre-game banter.
"I think everyone is a little different. Some people come from different schools," he said. "I've never been a real big talker as far as getting stuff stirred up and all that. The nice thing about Rex is that he lets everyone be themselves. You can be your own individual person. If it fits you, then by all means do what you do. If it doesn't fit you, then don't read it, don't worry about it, don't answer about it. It's not that big of a deal. I get amused by a lot of it. It's entertaining sometimes. Does it sometimes get old or get tired of hearing it? Sometimes. But most of the time I just laugh it off."
As for Brady's on-field demeanor, which rubbed some Jets the wrong way Dec. 6, Taylor acknowledged that it caught his attention.
"I know people talk about him celebrating or whatever, pointing at the sideline, I've heard things about that. He was pretty demonstrative up there when we played him up there last time when they scored a touchdown," he said. "I come from a school of thought that if you don't want someone to celebrate or be excited, say something to you, or do something that you might perceive to be offensive, then don't let them score and they won't do that.
"I respect Brady as a competitor, and as a person No. 1. I think the things he's done on the field this year have been nothing short of amazing. He's a guy who plays with a lot of passion. As an athlete, you can appreciate it. If he's not on your team, it will obviously tick you off. But again, keep him out of the end zone and you won't be offended by it."