FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady suggested he has a short memory in his very brief meeting with the media Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, four days before the New England Patriots host the New York Jets.
When asked about New England's 28-21 home playoff loss to the Jets in January -- in a game that was much more lopsided than the final score -- Brady answered in a low monotone.
"That was a long time ago," Brady said. "That game doesn't have much bearing on this week. We're a different team."
As usual, Brady complimented the opposing defense that he will be facing. In this case, there's a lot to compliment: Brady noted the Jets are among the statistical leaders on defense, including being tops on first-down and third-down defenses.
And that's despite the Jets having lost two in a row, falling to 2-2, while New England is 3-1.
"They were good (defensively) last year, (they're good) this year. As long as Rex (Ryan) is coaching the team, they'll have a good defense," Brady said. "They lead the league in pass defense. They have a bunch of good corners. They're fast, playmakers. It's one of the best defenses we'll play all year."
One player Brady will be aware of will be defensive back Darrelle Revis. Most opposing teams leave him alone, testing him rarely, with the receiver said to be on Revis Island.
Brady, though, said the Patriots wouldn't shy away from throwing in Revis' direction just based on reputation.
"We call our plays. Where he lines up, he lines up. If a guy is open, he gets the ball. If he's not, someone else gets the ball," Brady said.
One reporter tried to bait Brady into spicing up the pregame chat by referencing incendiary comments cornerback Antonio Cromartie made last year. Brady dismissed Cromartie's disparaging, personal remarks.
"I don't care what he says about me. I really don't," said Brady, who went on to praise Cromartie as an "excellent player."
Later, the reporter tried to return to that line of questioning, and Brady eluded him the way he eludes blitzers on the field.
"I really don't care what he says. Thanks, guys," Brady said, and left the podium.
Steven Krasner is a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com.