NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Willie Colon is new to the Jets-Patriots rivalry. But he saw enough in his six years in Pittsburgh to form an opinion of New York’s nemesis.
“I just hate them,” Colon told the New York Daily News.
The Jets guard has “a lot of different reasons” to dislike Bill Belichick & Co. — including the taping scandal dubbed “Spygate.”
Then there’s the matter of New England’s behavior after a loss. Whining just wouldn’t fly on his former team in the Steel City.
“People respect the Steelers because they play you one way,” Colon told the paper. “You never hear an excuse about why the Steelers lose. When we lost, we moved on. I think sometimes when the Patriots lose or things go wrong, it seems as if there’s excuses for why they didn’t have a good game. Sometimes that rubs people the wrong way. I feel that way. If you lose, you take it.”
The Jets (3-3) hope to give the first-place Patriots (5-1) a reason to make excuses after their Week 7 rematch on Sunday. New York let one slip away 13-10 in Foxboro on Sept. 12, a game that ended with pushing and shoving, resulting in a $34,000 fine for Colon.
Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill has called Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium a “must-win.” Colon said pretty much the same thing, without using those exact words.
“If we want to have a chance at the division, we got to have this game,” he said.
Getting a ‘W’ against the Patriots is always a tough task. Even Colon couldn’t discount what the perennial Super Bowl contenders have accomplished under Belichick.
“I don’t like them,” he told the Daily News. “But at the same time you got to respect what they’ve done as an organization.”
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