Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tom Brady: 'I've been called worse'
By Mike Reiss, ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked his reaction to Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie's remarks.
"I've been called worse," Brady said. "I'm sure there is a long list of people that feel that way.
"But he's a good player. [Darrelle] Revis is a great player. They have a great secondary. They're one of the best defenses we've faced. We spend a lot of time preparing for them, and what they're capable of doing over there. To shut down the Colts' offense like they did is pretty impressive, because we know how good that offense is. We're going to be ready to play."
Asked about his on-field demeanor, which rubbed the Jets the wrong way on Dec. 6, Brady said: "I'm an emotional player. It's all in the spirit of the game and the competition."
Brady, who held his weekly news conference at his locker, was asked what he thinks about all the talk coming from the Jets.
"We're spending our time getting ready to play," he responded. "I don't think we're spending our time figuring out what we can do to combat what people may say about us. Not everybody has great things to say about our team or organization, or certain players. That's kind of the way it's always been. We're just going to do our talking on the field. That's the way we've always chosen to do."
When asked if what another team says can have an effect on the outcome of a game, Brady said, "We'll see Sunday at 7:30."
As for his preparation, which Jets coach Rex Ryan questioned when he learned that Brady saw the Broadway show "Lombardi" on Saturday night instead of watching the Jets-Colts game, Brady said he does whatever the coaches ask him.
"Look, we try to win games, you know? You look at what we've accomplished over 10 years, I think that speaks to the preparation of our team," he said. "That's why we play, to win games, more than anything else."