The offseason is a time of year you don’t hear too much trash talking. New York Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor is charismatic and not afraid to speak his mind. He’s setting the tone and plans to be the secondary leader of the defense by providing that side of the ball with a mix of skill and toughness.
Some athletes have been infiltrating their opponent’s minds with a few well-chosen words in the form of trash talking. What most players understand is that trash-talking isn’t really about humiliating an opponent. It’s about controlling minds, by any means necessary. It’s a big mental victory when a wide receiver is more concerned with taking a hit over middle of the secondary than making a play. That’s what Pryor brings to the Jets secondary.
Pryor promised he would talk trash in rookie mini camp. Pryor had an appearance on SNY network, the New York Daily News Live show. Pryor was asked by the show’s host, Jonas Schwartz, whether anyone in the Jets’ organization explained to him how much he’s supposed to hate Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Pryor had just told Schwartz head coach Rex Ryan encouraged him to talk smack to get opponents “off their game.”
Pryor sounded off on New York Giants, New England Patriots, and Tom Brady.
Pryor said, “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.”
“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.”