The Patriots have never been the type to talk a lot, especially about upcoming opponents. That trend remains after members of the New York Jets, including Head Coach Rex Ryan, have publicly made statements towards the Patriots. According to the Boston Globe, members of the Patriots are refraining from verbally bashing their fellow teams. "That's their opinion. Sorry they feel that way...I just can't wait for the game to get started, you know, because you hear a lot of talking, and we just do our talking on the field," said RB Laurence Maroney. Former Jets TE Chris Baker, who signed with the Patriots this past off-season, shed some light on Kerry Rhodes' comments about trying to "embarrass" the Patriots. "Yeah, it's Kerry being Kerry, I would say," said Baker. "It's a different regime down there and they're doing different things, so that's fine. That's not a problem."
According to ESPN.com, QB Tom Brady chimed in on the matter saying, "No matter what you say on a Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday, it doesn't matter much. I think our execution is what's most important and that's what we choose to focus on."
In other news, the *Boston Herald *reports former Patriots LB Junior Seau has not closed the book on his career just yet. With LB Jerod Mayo expected to miss significant time due to a knee injury, Seau might find his way back to Gillette Stadium in time. Read his comments here.
The Patriots defense will do anything to disrupt Jets QB Mark Sanchez come Sunday. According to the Providence Journal, Sanchez would join the likes of Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo as quarterbacks who've lost to a Bill Belichick defense in their first start against him.
The New York Daily News reports that Kevin O'Connell, who spent the duration of training camp with the Patriots now with the Jets after being waived on August 30, could supply insight on the Patriots' pass protection schemes. Click here to read more about what O' Connell could provide to the Jets.
In 2007, the Patriots' unblemished regular-season record was almost tarnished against the Baltimore Ravens. Thanks to some late Tom Bradyheroics, the team was able to escape despite the Ravens' relentless defense. Rex Ryan orchestrated that Ravens defense and will look to do the same to the Patriots come Sunday as a Head Coach. According to the New York Times, Brady understands he faces difficult personnel. "It's an aggressive front and it's tricky to find out who's coming," Brady said. "They do a great job of disguising. The players they have on the field can all rush and they can all cover. I think that's the challenging part. You really don't know who's rushing at times and you don't know who's covering."