This weekend, we've got two excellent divisional clashes in the AFC. Both games should be packed with intensity and, above all, hatred for the guys on the other sideline. But while the rivalry between the Ravens and Steelers has developed into what happens to these two teams on the field, the Jets and Patriots are quickly becoming known for being two teams that just need to shut up.
Now, I will first say that this post applies much more greatly to Rex Ryan and the Jets, compared to the Patriots, who, for the most part, keep quiet on these matters. But seriously, guys. All of these comments (first the loud, sometimes malicious cheap shots from the Jets, followed by the dismissive, equally sarcastic ones from New England) aren't exciting, or inspiring, or funny. They're just stupid.
Ray Lewis has certainly had some pre-game words for the Steelers. Heck, earlier this week linebacker Terrell Suggs labeled this weekend's game as "Armageddon." But that's where all of the chatter stops. The rest of the smack talk is done with the pads and helmets. I like Ryan. I think he's done a great job with the Jets. But dude, you were blown out 45-3 the last time you ran your mouth prior to a showdown with Tom Brady. I understand you want to rally the troops, but if that beatdown isn't enough to light a fire under your guys, you need some new matches, or new players.
To both teams, just zip it. Your war of words, no matter how small or rant-filled they may be, are not "part of the game" anymore. It's just annoying. At least the Ravens and Steelers know when to shut up and use their actions on the field to get their points across.