Tom Brady on Antonio Cromartie: ‘I don’t care what he says’
|10.05.11 at 3:45 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady wouldn’t take the bait on Wednesday.
Asked twice by writers about comments from Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, the Patriots quarterback responded with a terse, ‘[I] don’t care what he says,’ on both occasions before appearing to cut short his weekly press conference.
Cromartie said last season that he thought Brady was an ‘ass—-‘ and sounded like he took issue with some of Brady’s perceived post-touchdown antics.
‘We see that a lot. He does it a lot,’ Cromartie told the New York Daily News last January. ‘That’s the kind of guy he is. We really don’t give a damn, to tell you the truth.’
Asked about his comments earlier this week, Cromartie didn’t back down.
‘What I said last year, I meant it,’ Cromartie told Newsday. ‘I’m not going to take back anything. I’m definitely looking forward to this rivalry game. I still have the same feelings. Feelings don’t change. Whatever I said last year is not going to change.’
On Wednesday morning — before appearing to prematurely leave the podium in the media workroom — Brady called Cromartie an ‘excellent player’ who is part of a talented New York secondary.
‘They have two very good corners — well, they have a bunch of very good corners actually,’ Brady said. ‘The two that are out there on their regular defense are very good. They’re both fast, they’re both physical. They play well at the line of scrimmage. They’re very disruptive. They lead the league in pass defense, so that kind of tells you everything you want to know about them.’
New York knocked the Patriots out of the postseason last year, taking a 28-21 win in a divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. But Brady said Wednesday that loss wouldn’t serve as motivation for this Sunday’s game.
‘That was a long time ago,’ Brady said. ‘So, that game doesn’t have much bearing on this week. We’re a different team.’
While Brady said the Patriots are a different team, he said when it comes to the Jets, it’s the same as it ever was.
‘[We’re going to get] pretty much what we get from them every time we play them. They’re a tough team [and] they’re physical,’ Brady said. ‘I think they lead the league in a bunch of defensive categories. They’re very challenging to play. They have been — it’s always the Jets — since I got here 12 years ago; they’re challenging.
‘They’re good — they were good last year, they’re good this year, and they were good two years ago. I think as long as Rex [Ryan] is coaching that team they’re going to have good defense. They have a lot of good defensive players — David Harris and Bart [Scott]. [They have] a good front, corners can cover — safeties [Jim] Leonhard, [Eric] Smith, and Brodney [Pool] have given us problems. So it’s a good team.’