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Cromartie fires up the Jets

Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:37 pm
A. Cromartie picks off a T. Brady pass last Sunday (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Darrelle Revis on the bench with a strained hamstring, the man who’s had a so-so season so far (the Hard Knocks moment where he seemed to struggle to remember his kids’ names, the struggle to cover the Ravens receivers in Revis’ absence in Week 1, the 66-yard interception return against Baltimore’s Joe Flacco) was the one who helped inspire his team to victory against the Patriots.

That’d be Antonio Cromartie, who, according to the NY Daily News, delivered a halftime speech last Sunday in which he said it was time for the Jets to start correcting their mistakes.

From the story:

Cromartie first pointed the finger at himself. He had been as guilty as anyone else, giving up a 6-yard touchdown to Wes Welker by inexplicably playing off coverage near the end zone.

Then, the former Pro Bowler demanded that his teammates in the secondary raise their game. Brady had carved them up for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Cromartie, frankly, was fed up.

"The front seven was doing a hell of a job applying pressure," Cromartie told the Daily News. "Everything bad that happened was happening on the back end. We made a few mistakes and had a little miscommunication. I felt like we weren't holding up our end."

What made the sermon even more effective: Cromartie isn’t known as a fire-and-brimstone kind of guy. And it sounds like the speech he made was calmly delivered.

But obviously, it worked. After Brady had such a good first half, he finished with only 244 yards and two interceptions, and the Patriots were shut out in the second half. Cromartie, who had an interception, played a big role in it.

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