Calvin Pryor appeared on SportsNet New York’s Daily News Live and, as usual, had some interesting things to say. Pryor, who has been trash talking his teammates at practice as well as on Twitter, said:
“With me being a rookie, that doesn’t mean anything,” Pryor said during last month’s rookie minicamp. “I am who I am. I’m going to talk trash. I’m going to be myself. People who don’t like it are just going to have to get used to it.” Newark Star-Ledger 5/6/14 “Jets first-round pick Calvin Pryor on Patriots and Giants: ‘We hate those guys'” by Dom Cosentino
He then added:
Pryor had…told Schwartz head coach Rex Ryan encouraged him to talk smack to get opponents “off their game.” “Yeah, man,” Pryor began. “We don’t like Tom at all. When I first came here, that was one of the first things I heard about: We hate the Patriots, and we hate the Giants. “That’s what everybody was telling me. We hate those guys, and I look forward to playing them this season.” Newark Star-Ledger 5/6/14 “Jets first-round pick Calvin Pryor on Patriots and Giants: ‘We hate those guys'” by Dom Cosentino
As long as he backs it up I have no problem with Pryor’s trash talk. Personally I like the brash talking Jets under ‘fat’ Rex, they played mean, talked tough and for the most part backed it up. While there is an argument for staying ‘under the radar’ and being bland and hackneyed to avoid giving other teams bulletin board material, I believe that Tom Brady isn’t going to play any harder or better because of what Pryor said. The Jets hate the Patriots and the Patriots hate the Jets, it has been said by both sides already. The Jets only play the Giants once every 4 years, when it counts, in the regular season so the rivalry is different. For a team that says it doesn’t care about the Jets Steve Tisch and John Mara seem to bring the Jets up at league meetings pretty often so let’s not pretend that the two teams that play in the same stadium have an amicable relationship.
Point being, I will take all the Sheldon Richardsons and Calvin Pryors of the world on my time as long as they back up their big talk with big play. That’s what we loved most about the 2009 and 2010 Jets. The 2011 team wasn’t good enough to talk and it came back to haunt them as the media turned on them and the pressure that was already high from expectations were ramped up to extreme levels and the team folded. I think Richardson and Pryor can handle the spotlight and should be themselves. Let the fun begin.