Does anybody out there know a person-whether it be work related, a friend of a friend, or a long-time associate of the family that makes you nauseous to be in the same room with for more than 15 minutes because all they do is talk? Topics are usually limited to soap operas, fingernails, getting wasted, Shannon’s (and God forbid Lisa’s too) life story, cute butts, traveling, more martinis, the Today Show, tanning beds, shopping, the gym, Vegas, haircuts. Rinse and repeat.
No I don’t either. But I’ve heard stories.
Now I do know people who talk a lot that I admire, or can’t get enough of, because they’re fearless leaders. They not only talk the talk but they walk the walk. And when the going gets tough, they’re right at your side, getting dirty without complaining. For the New York Jets, that guy you don’t mind talking all the time goes by the name of Rex, L.T., Bart or Revis.
Antonio Cromartie, on the other hand, has not played well enough in 2010 to call anybody an “A–hole” here in elimination month, 2011.
Everyone in Patriots nation must have had a big grin on their face, upon hearing for the first time the derogatory comment towards their All-Universe quarterback.
Let’s be fair, Cromartie even if he called Brady “Neighborly,” was going to get torched on his end of the field anyways; so why don’t the Jets try shaking things up a bit? If Cromartie wants to talk like a linebacker, why not have him play near the line of scrimmage like one. He can shadow Woodhead out of the backfield or even Welker in the slot, much like Charles Woodson did with resounding success against the Eagles last week?
There’s three reasons why this can work: 1.) Cromartie plays better in face-up, bump and run coverage. 2.) Darrell Revis. 3.) The Jets cannot trust the status quo.
1.) Chris Collinsworth gets paid a lot of money to begin his analysis with “This is a guy,” and to follow that with some insight. He did the latter exceedingly well last week in that Jets vs. Colts affair, as he basically gave us a sharp, official scouting report of Cromartie. Collinsworth pointed out that when Cromartie is playing closer to the receiver, bumping him within the first five yards of his route, he has a great deal of success. Furthermore, the NBC broadcaster’s analysis was sold and gift-wrapped right in front of us when Colts receiver Pierre Garcon ran right by Cromartie for a long touchdown, as Cromartie wasn’t even in the camera’s view before the ball was snapped.
2.) There isn’t anything I can write about Revis that hasn’t already been rehashed. But here’s one important reminder: If Revis plays the proposed role of rover or man to man with Welker in the slot, Hoody Belichik will find ways to get the All-Pro corner caught in the wash at the line of scrimmage, or trapped (e.g.: Woodhead’s long misdirection run in the last game in Foxboro, in which Revis followed Welker in motion and was eventually taken out of the play altogether). Revis Island is an entity that few teams have to work with. Put him on one side of the field and keep him there when possible. A player that is a game plan in himself, Revis is the only aspect in this game in particular that Rex Ryan and the Jets can look at once then move down the to-do list.
3.) Super Bowl winning head coach Tony Dungy’s mantra to his Bucs and Colts teams was simple: “Do what we do.” And through each season, from training camp on, they relied on the principles behind Dungy’s philosophy that he laid out from his first day on the job. The patience and trust did pay off for Dungy; but he never had to face Tom Brady at his best, as he is now (on a restructured knee nonetheless-even Jordan or Montana could never say they did the same).
The Jets cannot “do what they do” again, to the tune of last month’s embarrassment, against Brady this Sunday. They can, however, find a way to make their corners neutralize the big play threats of the Patriots, and force the tight ends and running backs beat them.
And of course hope that Brady beats himself more than he beats Cromartie.
(That’ll be the day Kim Kardashian Thinks about vacationing in Haiti.)
Patriots 27, Jets 9