Robert Kraft talks about differences between Pats and team he doesn’t name
Posted by Mike Florio on January 14, 2011, 10:11 AM EST
Owner Robert Kraft owns one of the two teams that will meet in a division-round rubber match on Sunday. And in comparing his team to the team he’ll be facing during a Thursday interview with the Associated Press, Kraft took great pains to avoid mentioning the other team by name.
“I don’t want to speak to how other people do things or be judgmental about what motivates other people,” Kraft said. “But stylistically, I think we do things a little bit different than the folks we’re playing this weekend.”
It’s the nicest possible way of saying that he doesn’t like how the team-that-wasn’t-named does things.
“I’m proud of the way [our] team is conducting itself right now,” Kraft said. “We’re trying to let our actions speak when we play.”
Kraft presumably made that observation before receiver Wes Welker stood behind a podium on Thursday and poked fun, repeatedly, at the whole Rex Ryan foot fetish thing.
“We want to win very badly this weekend,” Kraft said. “The style of people from New England is to try to let our actions speak on Sunday at 4:30 and not have a lot of blather and say things that, in some ways, take away from the game.”
The fact that the WWE-style chatter makes things spicier isn’t enough to persuade Kraft that it’s the right thing to do, especially when profanity is involved.
“[I]n the end there’s a lot of little kids watching,” Kraft said. “There’s a lot of people who look up to us, and so I think we’ve got to walk on a higher plane. But what’s right for some people to get motivated, I don’t want to be judgmental of what’s right for them. Our style is to let our actions speak louder.”
The contrast serves only to make the rivalry more compelling. The brash Jets versus the buttoned-down Pats. It creates high drama and great television, and with Ravens-Steelers on Saturday and Jets-Pats on Sunday, the folks at CBS have to be downright giddy for the ratings points to come.
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