I think it is safe to say there has never been any love lost between the New York Jets and New England Patriots. I also think it is safe to say that Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick are not planning any trips to Disney World together. In March, Revis appeared on ESPN with Rob Gronkowski and played a word association game. Belichick’s name was one of the words and Revis answered with “jerk.” Today, in the Jets locker room at their Florham Park training facility Revis was asked to clarify those statements. Not only did Revis clarify them, he expanded on them.
“I have respect for him,” Revis said. “Winning is winning, but sometimes things are disrespectful. When you say certain comments about the Jets, some stuff is disrespectful. It’s OK to have a rivalry. It’s OK 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.”
When asked about which comments Belichick made Revis clarified, “The one talking about the best defense they can suck my d— … all that stuff. That’s just ignorant. Why go there? You won fair and square. We shook your hand after the game. We’ll see you in New England or wherever in the playoffs. That’s OK, but when you start saying stuff like that it gets too personal. You don’t have to say that. Did anybody else say anything like that? No, not from our side.”
Revis was referring to comments Belichick made on the field after the Patriots beat the Jets 37-16 at MetLife Stadium last November. Belichick went on a New York area radio station, WFAN and was asked about those comments. He didn’t deny saying anything on the field but insisted he would keep any private conversations he had private.
Belichick’s interview infuriated Revis even more. “It’s ignorant,” Revis said. “Why go there? You won, fair and square. Hey, we shook your hand after the game. But when you start saying stuff like that, it gets too personal.”
To be clear, Revis said he meant what he said on ESPN. “They told me to sum it up in one word. I gave my honest opinion,” Revis said. “That’s just how I felt and that’s how I feel. I feel people let him slide when he says his smart remarks and certain things. He says comments about us like he never coached here because he did. That’s how I felt.”
Training camp hasn’t even begun and already the Jets and Patriots are jawing. Well, to be accurate, it is Revis who is jawing but I am positive someone on the Patriots will answer. In this battle, when one side fires a broadside the other usually returns it. I am sure we will wake up one morning and find some quotes from someone on the Patriots who attempts to put Revis in his place one way or another. On October 21st, the talk will cease when they square off for the first time in the 2012 season. Until then, I expect a lot more chatter coming from both camps.