But today, during Tom Brady’s press conference, he confirmed as much. When asked if he still hated the Jets, Bray responded with the following:
“Do I still hate them? Well, I promised coach Belichick that I wouldn’t say anything derogatory, so, I have no comment.”
Brady downplayed the ramifications of Monday’s game a bit, though most players in his locker room were uniform in saying that the road for the losers would be a much tougher climb in the race for the AFC East.
“It’s a regular-season game against a division opponent that’s 9-2, and I think we treat it just like that. This is not the Super Bowl,” Brady said. “There are games after this game that are very important as well.”
One thing that Brady emphasized was the need to finish in the second half. Against the Jets in week two, the Patriots succumbed to an enigmatic second half that ended up costing them an eventual 10-1 record and a lone spot atop the division.
In a way, he said, he wanted the Patriots to play like the Jets have in previous weeks. Poised enough in the waning minutes to pull out wins that may have slipped away otherwise.
“We need to play a lot better this week to be a team that is really playing great football and has really proven that we can win in a lot of different ways. We like to think of ourselves as very tough, physical, smart, resilient and that’s what (the Jets) are, too. So as much as it pains me to say, that’s kind of what it’s been with the Jets this year.”
Damien Woody was not at Jets practice this afternoon. The right tackle has been dealing with a right MCL injury that kept him out for three quarters against the Texans, though he hasn’t missed any time since.
Jerricho Cotchery did make it to practice as well as Dwight Lowery and Marquice Cole. Lowery wore a red non-contact jersey, a preventative measure surrounding a concussion he sustained against Cleveland.