Well, none other than a safety on the Green Bay Packers. However, Smith’s relevancy to this article dates back to the 2007 season. At the time, Smith was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Entering Week 14, Smith Steelers were 9-3 as they traveled up to Foxborough to tangle with the 12-0 New England Patriots. Smith, who was not phased by the Patriots 12-0 record, guaranteed that the Steelers would hand the Patriots their first loss on the season. After Randy Moss broke off two long touchdowns against Smith and the Brady tossed for 400 yards and four scores, the Patriots made Smith eat his words as the Pats won, 34-13 and moved to 13-0 on the season.
Fast forward three years and the New York Jets aren’t being bashful with their words, either. Corner Antonio Cromartie called Brady ‘an asshole‘. (Typical Classless Jet). Rex Ryan isn’t reprimanding Cromartie and encouraging his team ‘hate’ their adversaries. Is this a smart move by the Jets though?
Ultimately, the Jets are who we thought we are. They are a bunch of brash, overconfident players who use words to build themselves up by trying to bring down their opponents. Cromartie’s recent outburst has firmly placed a huge target on his back. Last week against the Colts, Cromartie was toasted by Pierre Garcon (pictured above) for a 57-yard touchdown. Teams have shied away from Darrelle Revis, forcing Cromartie to play a more important role in the defense. During Week 13 against the Patriots, the Jet secondary was toasted by four Brady touchdown passes. Maybe Cromartie should spend less time talking and more time studying game film.
That’s exactly what Tom Brady has done. When asked what he thought of Cromartie’s remarks, the future 2010 NFL MVP said “I’ve been called worse. I’m sure there is a long list of people that feel that way. But he’s a good player”. Vintage Tom Brady. After last season, many people around the NFL thought Tom was starting to get soft. He was starting to live the Hollywood lifestyle, had the Hollywood wife, the commercials, etc. However, I truly believe that Hard Knocks motivated Tom. Tom is now back to being Tom. In addition, Brady has always has shied away from the media. Brady never tells the media what he thinks about a certain player. He just chooses to show how he feels on the field. Ask Anthony Smith. Ask the Jets how they felt in Week 13. Ask Antonio Cromartie after Sunday’s game.
As long as Rex Ryan is the head coach of the New York Jets, his team will live and die by their war of words. Anthony Smith crumbled when it was time to put up against the Pats. We’ll see what Cromartie is saying at 8:00 PM on Sunday night.