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Rhodes wants to embarrass Patriots

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  September 17, 2009 09:55 AM

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The bulletin board material continues to come fast and furious from Florham Park, N.J., home of the New York Jets.

Jets safety Kerry Rhodes told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News that the Jets not only want to beat the Patriots on Sunday they want to "embarrass" them and send a message.

Rhodes said enough is enough.

“Not just go out there and try to win, try to embarrass them," said Rhodes. "Try to make them feel bad when they leave here. We don’t want to just beat them. We want to send a message to them, ‘We’re not backing down from you and we expect to win this game, and it’s not going to be luck, it’s not going to be a mistake.’ ”

It was pointed out that not too many teams have been able to "embarrass" the Patriots. Rhodes didn't back down.

“If we do what we are supposed to do and don’t make any mistakes, we can,” Rhodes said. “Not too many have. We can.”

Rhodes also said the Jets will hit Patriots QB Tom Brady more than six times on Sunday.

“Any quarterback can be rattled,” Rhodes said. ‘He’s one of the best, don’t get me wrong. That’s evident. Any quarterback, Peyton Manning, even if you get in his face, if you rattle the quarterback, you get pressure on the quarterback, any quarterback it is, he’s not going to be the same. Nobody. That’s not to say he’s not going to come back and make a play after.”
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