NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The “personal” hits keep coming from Rex Ryan’s New York Jets.

The Jets head coach set the tone earlier this week, calling out New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his on-field antics and his decision to attend ‘Lombardi’ on Broadway, rather than watch New York defeat the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night.

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie added to the attack against Brady on Tuesday.

Speaking with the New York Daily News, Cromartie said the Jets “don’t give a damn” about Brady, and the QB’s on-field finger pointing shows “the kind of guy he is.”

That was just the beginning.

When asked what kind of guy Brady is, Cromartie seethed, “an a——.”

“—- him,” the Jets cornerback added.

“That’s what I think about him. I don’t really give a damn about him,” said Cromartie. “I don’t have to play against him. I play against the receivers.”

Ryan, speaking with New England reporters during a conference call on Wednesday, said he won’t crack down on Cromartie for the remarks.

“In this country, you’re allowed to have opinions,” Ryan said. “Am I going to punish Antonio Cromartie? No.”

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Brady responded to Cromartie’s comments on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.

“I’ve been called worse,” Brady told reporters. “I’m sure there’s a long list of people that feel that way.”

Brady took a rare swipe at the Jets last summer, saying he hadn’t watched “Hard Knocks,” the television show about New York’s training camp, because “I hate the Jets.”

The Jets and Patriots will square off in the AFC Divisional Round on Sunday in Foxboro.

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Comments (17)
  1. FinnGirl47 says:

    Children learn what they live. If Rex Ryan is loud, boisterous and pompous why would you not think his players would be the same. Many coaches have some degree of an ego but Rex has an insatiable need to show the world that he is who he believes he is, someone important. Rex is a “unique” person, he is the only coach I read about who talks quite “ugly.”

  2. Dominick Mezzapesa says:

    Whaaaaaa Rex is crying “Brady did not watch our game”

    Sorry Rex if I had a choice to watch Lombardi with Gisele or watch a game where he beat both teams and I can watch it without commercial later that night the choice is pretty easy.

    It wasn’t like he was wasting time video taping her feet and putting it on line for all to see….Now that would make for a stinky situation

  3. crabapplejoe says:

    Brady, Welker, Woodhead and the boys will shut this POS up soon enough…..just ignore him for now. In five years he’ll be bankrupt and living in his momma’s double-wide….LMAO

  4. sick-of-it says:

    Gawwwd. Just stop Rex. Either focus 100% on being the best possible coach for the Jets in these playoffs or 100% on being a stand-up comic. If you don’t you will fail at both. So sick of it. And your leadership is evident in the stupid ass remaks from your team. Just looking for soundbytes to attract media attention vs focusing on what is important. Craig might think you’re awesome, I think you are focused on the sizzle and not the steak. Grow up and earn your keep and the respect of your fans and the entire NFL.

  5. Dominick Mezzapesa says:

    wow a guy who has 9 kids with 8 different woman has this vile an opinion about someone he doesn’t even know. Talk about people living in a glass house. BTW Cromartie had to get the Jets to pay his unpaid child supports.

    What a stand up guy Antonio Cromartie is

  6. Murph65 says:

    What a loser….Jets players, fans an FAT REX RYAN are obsessed with the Patriots. They have not done anything in 42 years….the Pats have been to 6 Super Bowls and won 3 in the last 25 years. The Jets are not even in the same class as the PATS and never will be….SAD, CLASSLESS LOSERS !!!!!!

  7. Joe says:

    Good for you Cromartie…. saying it like it is.. this hairplug closet case Brady is a whiner on the field and soreloser like his coach when he doesn’t win.. whoever heard of a coach leaving the field with time on the clock in a SB and not congratulating the winning coach and team.. Real classlessness..

    1. Dominick Mezzapesa says:

      I would rather root for a guy who is a sore loser than a guy who has 9 kids with 8 baby moma’s and had to get the Jets pay his back unpaid child support

  8. G-dawg says:

    Rex Ryan and the University of Miami!

    This organization has turned into a joke.

  9. CaliGuy says:

    GO JETS!!!

  10. cowboys_son says:

    Pats 42 – Jets 17

  11. Yippa says:

    here’s the difference between the jets trash talk & Brady’s so called trash talk…one team talks before the game the other talks during and after the game…just shut the F up and play…;win something for a change….then talk…you wonder why there’s so much hatred for the Jets up here

  12. ttc says:

    does anyone have some evidence that brady plays poorly when he’s mad? b/c if that’s not the case, he’s going to unload on the jets, and it will be the lip smacking that set him off

  13. Ellen says:

    No class what so ever. So what are the Jets going to say if the Pats win. Sorry about that. Just play the game and keep your mouth shut.

  14. Steve says:

    Unfortunately, I do not think that the Jets are going to beat the Patriots. While comments from both sides (in the past) have been out of control, Brady’s wife making anti New York comments, Bellichik’s (18-1) “caught cheating” and not congratulating the Giant’s coach after the 2008 superbowl win, and I see Brady as representing just the latest of a long string of DEEPLY UNLIKEABLE professional athletes (and professional sports teams) from the Boston area. I can’t wait until Ben Affleck, or some other hollywood knuckle-head, throws more fuel onto this fire.

  15. harry says:

    revis and cromartie just for you info you are not going to beat new england. and tom brady.stop talking garbage.

  16. mike dayem says:

    revis and cromartie need good defense againts new england if they don’t they going get beat from tom brady and weis walker and deion branch like last time lose by 42 points in new england by shorts pass and miss tackles and open play like was a sleep on feild let what they going do on sunday what team is going shows up team who got beats by 42 points or team beats colts we will find out

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