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Tom Brady on Antonio Cromartie: ‘I don’t care what he says’

10.05.11 at 3:45 pm ET
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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, ‘€œ[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 ‘€œass—-’€ and sounded like he took issue with some of Brady’€™s perceived post-touchdown antics.

‘€œWe see that a lot. He does it a lot,’€ Cromartie told the New York Daily News last January. ‘€œThat’€™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.

‘€œWhat I said last year, I meant it,’€ Cromartie told Newsday. ‘€œI’€™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 ‘€œexcellent player’€ who is part of a talented New York secondary.

‘€œThey have two very good corners — well, they have a bunch of very good corners actually,’€ Brady said. ‘€œThe 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.

‘€œThat was a long time ago,’€ Brady said. ‘€œSo, 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.

‘€œ[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. ‘€œI 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.

‘€œThey’€™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.’€

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