New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is like the Justin Bieber of the NFL. You either really love him, or you just want to punch him in the face. OK, maybe that was a bad analogy, but you get my drift. Outside of New England, there aren't too many Belichick fans out there.
New York Jets cornerback and rival Darrelle Revis is one of those non-supporters, and he made it so back in March when he called Belichick a "jerk" on an ESPN interview. Thursday, in an interview with the New York Daily News, Revis had the chance to clarify his comments. I think he made his point quite clear. He doesn't much care for the Patriots coach.
"I have respect for him. Winning is winning," he said. "But sometimes things are disrespectful. When you say certain comments about the Jets, some stuff is disrespectful. It's okay to have a rivalry. It's okay to compete. But when it gets personal, you're getting disrespectful. I didn't start this battle. The smart remarks sometimes he says are ignorant. It's ignorant to this organization."
"I don't know... Talking about the best defense... they can suck my-- ... All that stuff. That's just ignorant. Why go there? You won fair and square. Hey, we shook your hand after the game. We'll see you in New England or wherever in the playoffs, ok. But when you start saying stuff like that... no... it gets too personal. You don't have to say that. ... Did anybody else say anything like that? No... not from our side. Bart (Scott) said his thing... "Can't Wait" thing. But he still didn't disrespect. He just said that they feel like they're better than us. That's okay. He didn't say go suck--- go do this or go do that. It's personal. It's disrespectful."
REVIS GOES AFTER TOM BRADY, ALSO
Looks like Revis didn't stop at just ripping the Patriots' coach, he also took a stab at their quarterback, Tom Brady. In the same interview done with the NYDN, Revis was asked about comments that fellow teammate Antonio Cromartie made few years ago when he called Brady an "a-- hole".
Revis didn't really disagree with his teammates assertion of Brady in that way.
"Sometimes he do (like that that) on the field," Revis said, via the New York Daily News. "That's his personal opinion about him. If that's how he acts on the field. That's how he acts. He wants to throw a touchdown and point at our sideline. That's disrespect, man. That's not sportsmanship. Now do people say words on the field to each other? Yeah... that's in between the lines. But then when it's getting out of hand... Come on, man. Come on. Sportsmanship."
ROBERT GALLERY HOPES PATS DEAL A WINNING DEAL
After playing his first seven seasons in the NFL with teams that never finished over .500, offensive tackle Robert Gallery was ready for a change. He was given the chance, as he signed with the Patriots, a team that hasn't had a losing record since 2000.
For an NFL player, it's tough mentally to continue to perform at a high level when you play for teams that aren't. For Gallery, he believes that the move to sign with a winning team like the Patriots will pay off in the end.
"I knew a lot about this place when I was in college [at Iowa] with Coach [Kirk] Ferentz and his relationship [with Bill Belichick]," explained Gallery, the second overall pick in the 2004 draft. "It's a place that's run right and the tradition's right and they're all about winning. Going through eight years of never having a winning season, that's something you really covet when you get to this point, so that's why I'm here."