With the exception of Tim Tebow, the Jets are Nelson Muntz. All of them.
They are the bully who takes pride in a fine beat down, but deep below the surface there’s a soft, fragile psyche waiting to crack. Until it does, though, they’ll stuff you in a locker or throw you into a trash can, and their instinctive response to, well, anything is laughter and ridicule.
And it’s all good fun and highly entertaining when they’re winning, or having even moderate success. But what they’ve failed to realize is that while talking makes you look like a brutish thug during good times, you’re a clown and an endless punch line when the losses begin to pile, and the locker room turns toxic.
This is why Darrelle Revis should have said nothing, or very little yesterday when the Bill Belichick questions were inevitably fired in his direction after the Jets mini camp practice. Instead he decided to keep it real…in May.
In cause you missed it, Revis was asked about calling Belichick a jerk during a word association game as he was churned through ESPN’s Bristol carousel earlier this offseason. He maintained and expanded on that opinion…
“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.”
Pace yourself, Darrelle. Again, yesterday was May 10, and the Patriots-Jets rivalry doesn’t resume until October 21.
Or maybe he could just say nothing at all, and know his place. The Jets have enough problems within their own chaotic and shattered locker room, and that Tebow guy is ready to unseat their starting quarterback. After the Jets finished at an even 8-8 and had to deal with a case of mutiny from their star wide receiver, perhaps the focus in these early days of offseason rebuilding should be inward.
It’s not possible for any Jets player to give a bland answer to anything, because their head coach enjoys the pleasant cadence of his own voice so thoroughly. But someone should remind Revis about how much that jerk Belichick owned the Jets last year, beating the whiny bullies by a combined score of 67-37.
Belichick shouldn’t be the Jets’ primary problem right now. Instead, the Jets should be the Jets’ primary problem right now.
And now you want to know the rest of the story…
- Revis and Rex Ryan won’t be making asses of themselves on HBO this summer. Surely Ryan will still be eating plenty of god damn snacks, we just won’t know about it. [Manish Mehta]
- “When Sanchez throws his first interception in the season opener at home against the Bills, the campaign for Tebow will start in the stands at MetLife Stadium”…No, Gary Myers, I’d say it’s starting now. Right now. [Gary Myers]
- The Cardinals signed defensive end Calais Campbell to a five-year contract extension worth $55 million, with $36 million guaranteed. Campbell only had two games throughout the 2011 season in which he didn’t register a defensive stop, according to Pro Football Focus. [CBS Eye On Football]
- Since you’re only cool nowadays if you’re suing the NFL, Art Monk has joined the fun. [Washington Times]
- Randy Moss isn’t looking like the old Randy Moss who was purchased from the jerk store. Nope, in San Francisco he’s looking like the other even older Moss, the one who was really good at running fast and catching footballs. [The Associated Press]
- It’s awesome to live in a world where the signing of a first-round pick is barely newsworthy, because it’s a mere formality with the rookie wage scale. Thanks for that, lockout. But since we’re in the business of passing along barely newsworthy news, David Wilson has signed with the Giants. [Newark Star-Ledger]
- More barely news that’s still kind of news: the Panthers signed Luke Kuechly. [Charlotte Observer]
- Vince Young still hasn’t ruled out Buffalo as his next NFL destination where he can be a mediocre backup. [Buffalo Rumblings]
- Dan Fouts thinks the best way to combat the NFL’s concussion concerns is through a culture change. We couldn’t agree more, Dan, but good luck spearheading that cause when pesky items like paychecks are in the way. [Clark Judge]
- Aaron Rodgers has a blossoming bromance with John Wall. [Total Packers]