The Tom Brady F.U. Tour makes its annual stop in New Jersey on Sunday where the greatest quarterback in NFL history is sure to deliver a painful message to the team — and player — that he loves to hate.
It’s common knowledge that Brady despises the Jets. Sure, he’s 22-8 with 43 touchdowns and 14 interceptions against his division rival, but nothing gives him more satisfaction than watching them suffer.
Brady is making everyone who doubted him during Deflategate pay dearly, which could spell doom for Darrelle Revis, whose blatant derriere-smooching remarks about the perennial All-Pro signal caller this week don’t erase his harsh words in the wake of the football air-pressure scandal.
Brady, who dissed Revis after the Patriots’ Week 4 win in Foxborough last year with a wet-fish drive-by “handshake,” has a long memory. He knows that Revis isn’t exactly a trusted friend.
“Everybody’s blowing it up because it is Tom Brady,” Revis told the Daily News about Deflategate shortly after signing his megadeal with the Jets last year. “I understand that. But if (the NFL) feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that’s that. (The Patriots) have a history of doing stuff. You can’t hide that… Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.”
“New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble,” Revis added. “When stuff repeatedly happens, then that’s it. I don’t know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got SpyGate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, they had the evidence. So they did what they needed to do.”
Not only did Revis offend Brady, but the Patriots didn’t look too kindly at the cornerback’s comments, either. Revis skipped New England’s championship ring ceremony in the summer of 2015, because he knew that he was not wanted there after all the backlash from his comments.
Patriots greats publicly chided Revis for being nothing more than a mercenary looking to latch on to a bunch of winners to get his championship.
Revis sent his mother to pick up the jewelry, but the ticked-off Patriots didn’t allow her into the celebration. Their red-herring reason: The invitation wasn’t transferable. The actual reason: They despised him after he basically called them cheaters.
Revis also took profanity-laced shots at Brady and Bill Belichick earlier that offseason on his Instagram account, boasting that the two most important people in the Patriots organization needed him to win Super Bowl XLIX. Never mind that Brady and Belichick each already had three rings, while he had none.
“They ain’t win another one until I came d—head so who got who a ring,” Revis wrote to a fan on his official Instagram page at the time. “S–t I didn’t have to go there so basically I did bill & Tom a favor not the other way around c–t.”
Revis predictably later claimed that he was hacked, which registered a 0.000024 on a 10-point believability scale.
There is no way that Brady would ever forget such stinging and mind numbingly delusional remarks. The Patriots’ modus operandi is simple: Attack an opponent’s weakness.
Brady, who will tie Peyton Manning for most quarterback wins of all-time (200) if he beats the Jets on Sunday, is fully aware that Revis is a shadow of his former self no matter what his coach says publicly.
Darrelle Revis skipped New England’s championship ring ceremony in the summer of 2015.
“He’s a good competitor,” Belichick said of Revis this week. “I would never underestimate him.”
Revis has been exploited by quarterbacks and receivers of varying skill levels all season. Imagine what Brady, who has 16 TDs, only one INT and a league-high 123.3 passer rating since his return, would do to the old man.
It could get ugly.
While Revis has shown no true desire, commitment or discipline to get his 31-year-old body in shape, Brady has been maniacal to ensure peak performance at age 39.
The Patriots’ universe revolves around Brady. The sun isn’t expected to burn out for five billion years, which is probably as long as Brady will stick around too.
Think about this: Brady averaged 25 touchdown passes per season in his 20s. He’s averaging 35 touchdown passes in his 30s.
Seven of Brady’s eight career 4,000-plus yard passing seasons have come in his 30s. He was 34 when he threw for more than 5,000 yards.
Brady was smart enough to realize that he’d have to transform his body to prolong his career. Revis, whose effort and production have been unacceptable this season, took a much different approach.
So, it’s no surprise that Brady wouldn’t appreciate his former teammate intimating that he broke the rules along the way.
“If people want to judge him as a cheater, that’s their opinion…” Revis told the News last year. “If he had nothing to do with it, then hey… There’s really nothing you can say. There’s people in the world that get convicted all the time that didn’t do the crime. That’s just the history of how stuff goes sometimes.”
Revis better keep his fingers crossed that Brady shows mercy on him.
TWO BOLD PREDICTIONS
1. Tom Brady will throw four touchdowns:
The greatest quarterback in NFL history will have his way with the Jets’ leaky secondary. Brady, who took a couple days off during the week to rest his sore knee, would love nothing more than to stick it to his hated division rivals. He’s probably also ticked off that the Jets were so unappealing that they knocked him out of the primetime national TV spot.
Tom Brady will tie Peyton Manning for most quarterback wins all-time (200) if he beats the Jets on Sunday.
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2. Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw three touchdowns:
The fact that Fitzpatrick gives Todd Bowles the best chance to win this week was never in doubt. He’s better than Bryce Petty right now, but the Jets should have turned it over to the second-year signal caller to properly evaluate him for the rest of this lost season. Fitzpatrick will respond with a quality effort.
JETS HOT READ
If Ryan Fitzpatrick has any Fitzmagic left in the tank, Sunday would be a good time to show it. The journeyman, who suffered a sprained MCL in a loss to the Dolphins three weeks ago, reclaimed the starting quarterback job this week after second-year man Bryce Petty earned his first career start against the Rams.
The Jets don’t have much to play for, other than their own pride. But if Fitzpatrick wants a job next year, he’ll have to show he can still play at the level he displayed last season when he set the franchise record for passing touchdowns in a season with 31.
Fitzpatrick is currently the lowest-rated quarterback in the NFL with a passer rating of 67.6. He’s trailing the 49ers’ Blaine Gabbert, who lost the starting job to Colin Kaepernick in mid-October.
The Patriots have a middle-of-the-pack passing defense, so a solid performance from Fitzpatrick on Sunday is not out of the question.
— Daniel Popper
CB Marcus Williams (ankle) and CB Nick Marshall (ankle) are OUT. C Nick Mangold (ankle) and DT Steve McLendon (hamstring) are questionable.
PATRIOTS HOT READ
The Patriots were dealt a brutal blow last season when versatile running back Dion Lewis tore the ACL in his left knee in early November. And the situation only worsened over the summer when Lewis was forced to undergo a second surgery on the knee after a setback in his rehabilitation.
But he finally returned to game action in the Patriots win over the 49ers last weekend and reminded Pats fans of what they were missing. He was limited to only 22 snaps, so his number weren’t staggering. He finished with 23 rushing yards on five carries to go along with three catches for 26 yards.
But the Jets should expect an increased workload for Lewis on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. And it’s possible 5-8, 195-pound Pittsburgh product will play a major role in what should be a Patriots victory. “It was like riding a bike,” Lewis said after his return. “I’ve been playing this game for a long time.”
— Daniel Popper
WR Matt Slater (foot) is OUT. QB Tom Brady (knee), TE Marteullus Bennett (ankle, shoulder), WR Julian Edelman (foot), TE Rob Gronkowski (chest), WR Chris Hogan (back) and CB Cyrus Jones (illness) are questionable.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News