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Antonio Cromartie: I’m a ‘jackass’ with an ‘FU attitude’ on the field

Antonio-Cromartie-reality-showNew York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie is one of the cockiest players in the NFL. For the most part, he has been able to back it up throughout his eight-year career. Cromartie has 25 career interceptions and has filled in admirably as the Jets’ top cornerback since Darrelle Revis went down with a knee injury last season and was then traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

So what’s his secret?

“I’m a jackass (laugh),” Cromartie told Steve Serby of the NY Post over the weekend. “I talk a lot of trash on the field. I take everything personal when it’s on the football field. Even on the practice field. I have that F.U. attitude.”

Cromartie takes pride in his trash talking skills. When asked what the best piece of trash talk he ever hurled was, he brought up his San Diego Chargers days when he was matched up against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

“I think I told somebody, this is when I was in San Diego, I just told the receiver [Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe], “You might as well go sit down on the bench ’cause they’re not gonna throw the ball to you.”

That was his best trash-talking moment? Cromartie might as well have told Bowe he plays ball like a girl. In any event, he said it worked. He also said he feels like he can cover any receiver in football one-on-one.

“I can go out there anytime I want to and go shut down any receiver I feel like it,” said Cromartie. “That’s how I feel. I don’t need help, I don’t need none of that. I can cover every receiver one-on-one. But for me, it was always trying to do it on a consistent basis, and that’s the thing I struggled with.”

Believe it or not, Cro has said crazier stuff like claiming he was one of the best wide receivers on the Jets at one point. New York needs Cromartie to be a shutdown corner more than ever this season. He got off to a rough start on Sunday giving up seven catches and 154 yards against Vincent Jackson. Maybe his smack talking skills were too rusty.

H/T LBS tipster David

Antonio Cromartie blew through $5 million but has changed his financial ways

Antonio-Cromartie-reality-showMost people would be terrified if you told them the younger players on the New York Jets take advice from Antonio Cromartie. This is a guy who has 10 children with eight different women and once struggled to remember all of their names. The 29-year-old cornerback doesn’t exactly act like a role model, but apparently he knows a great deal about blowing money.

In a recent interview with Newsday’s Bob Glauber, Cromartie admitted to blowing through $5 million during his first two seasons in the NFL. He spent nearly all of the guaranteed money from his rookie contract with the Chargers on nine cars, two homes, jewelry, massive shopping sprees, and cash handouts for friends and family. Now, he has changed his ways and is trying to stop others from making the same mistakes he made.

“I was out of control,” Cromartie told Glauber. “I had two Dodge Chargers, probably spent $100,000 just fixing them up,” he said. “I had a ’65 Caprice, which I spent $100,000 on. I had two BMWs, two Escalades. I remember [former Chargers teammate] Quentin Jammer used to tell me to slow down, but I couldn’t do it. I just loved spending money.”

Despite the fact that he agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Jets two years ago, Cromartie now drives a Prius.

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LaDainian Tomlinson thinks Antonio Cromartie, Bart Scott were anonymous Jets who ripped Tim Tebow

LaDainian Tomlinson knows more than the average person about life in the New York Jets locker room. Many of the current Jets are his former teammates, and L.T. feels confident he knows who was behind the anonymous Tim Tebow bashing that came out on Wednesday.

According to Newsday, L.T. said during his Sirius/XM radio segment on Wednesday that he believes Antonio Cromartie is the player who called Tebow “terrible,” and that Bart Scott is the one who said Tebow running the Wildcat would never work.

“Cromartie has never had a problem putting his name on things,” Tomlinson said. “…Once you start talking to the media about teammates, (coach) Rex (Ryan) is going to address it. He’s not going to let it go. And so, now you have guys that don’t want to put your name on it because, obviously, Rex Ryan has said something about it.”

In other words, Cromartie is not the type to conceal his identity, but L.T. believes he chose to this time so he doesn’t have to hear it from Rex Ryan. God forbid he should just keep quiet and say nothing — assuming Tomlinson is right and the player actually is Cromartie. L.T. also questioned the Jets’ decision to acquire Tebow in the first place.

“They weren’t getting a guy that could really compete for a starting quarterback’s job,” he said. “They were getting a change of pace kind of guy, a Wildcat kind of guy. Why would (general manager) Mike Tannenbaum make that move?”

Tomlinson said New York’s locker room problems last season were the worst he has been around, and after Wednesday’s debacle you have to wonder if this season is just as chaotic. We know Santonio Holmes doesn’t think a two-quarterback system would work in the NFL, but he hasn’t even been around to say anything to the media. Whether it was Cromartie, Scott and/or other players who made the comments about Tebow really doesn’t matter at this point. All that matters is Ryan is once again in danger of losing his locker room — assuming he hasn’t already lost it.

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Antonio Cromartie to fans calling for Tim Tebow over Mark Sanchez: Kiss my butt

The New York Jets season is slowly slipping away, and the poor play of Mark Sanchez is one of the many reasons why. New York has scored a total of 16 points in it’s past two games — losses to the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins. Sanchez had a passer rating of 53.2 over those two games, threw for only one touchdown and two interceptions and completed less than 50% of his passes.

Despite the fact that the offense is struggling mightily, Rex Ryan insists he will continue to stick with Sanchez. Many Jets fans, on the other hand, feel as though things can’t get much worse offensively and that it’s time their 3-6 team gave Tim Tebow a chance to start. Antonio Cromartie has a message for those fans.

“They can kiss my butt,” Cromartie said according to the NY Post. “Mark is our quarterback. At the end of the day, we could give a damn what anybody on the outside has to say. Mark is our quarterback and he’s going to continue to be our quarterback. There’s not going to be no division, talking about who needs to be our quarterback. Mark is our quarterback and he’s our only quarterback.”

Cromartie also thinks the Jets are going to make the playoffs, so he must have a ton of confidence in Sanchez.

While I’m not a huge believer in Tebow as an NFL starter, he can’t be any worse. Even if Sanchez is a more capable quarterback, there comes a time when it’s worth a shot just to see if he can give the team a spark. The issue is the Jets have invested so much money in Sanchez, but at the moment he isn’t getting the job done. Tebow may not be able to either, but at what point does Sanchez’s poor play force Rex’s hand? I would be surprised if Tebow doesn’t start a game before the end of the season.

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Antonio Cromartie: Jets are going to make the playoffs this year

New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie is very confident in his team’s immediate future despite their 3-5 record. The AFC East is hardly out of reach in terms of numbers, but many believe the Patriots are poised to run away with the division once they get the ball rolling. Despite having lost Darrelle Revis for the season, Cromartie feels as though the Jets are still very much in the hunt.

“The Jets will make the playoffs this year,” Cromartie told “NFL AM” on Thursday, via Around the League. “We believe in each other, we believe in what coach (Rex) Ryan and his staff is putting us to schemes and stuff, so we definitely are going to make the playoffs this year.”

In defense of the Jets corner, he was asked by the host if he thought the team would be playing in the postseason this year. The season is only halfway finished, so anything can happen the rest of the way. If you start talking about next year like Mike Shanahan did recently the media will rip you apart — and the Redskins have a worse record than the Jets.

Therefore, I’m not going to fault Cromartie for making a playoff guarantee. I will, however, respectfully disagree with his opinion. New York’s defense is merely a fraction of its old self and its offense has been horrible for the better part of the year. Even a switch to the almighty Tim Tebow wouldn’t save the Jets at this point.

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Antonio Cromartie: Reggie Bush is a punk

Unfortunately for us, the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets are not likely to play each other again until next season. Over the past week or so the trash talk the two teams have traded has turned into a complete sideshow. That continued after Miami’s dominating 30-9 win on Sunday when Antonio Cromartie had some choice words for Reggie Bush.

Bush broke a 19-yard run in the first quarter and got into it with Cromartie ater the play. Cromartie head-butted Bush and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

“I didn’t lose my composure, I was just telling him that he’s a punk,” Cromartie told reporters after the game according to ESPNNewYork.com. “That’s exactly what he is.

“I didn’t head-butt him. I pushed him first and then I head-butted him.”

Oh, well in that case…

After hearing that Bush also accused the Jets of laying down and giving up once they dug themselves into a hole, I’m sure Cromartie would think he’s even more of a punk. Antonio’s comments concluded a week in which people were called names and threats were flying all over the place. Roger Goodell is probably breathing a sigh of relief knowing the two teams won’t meet again this year unless a highly unlikely postseason matchup should arise. Everyone’s jaw muscles could use the rest.

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Antonio Cromartie: Now that Darrelle Revis is out, I’m the best corner in the NFL

Antonio Cromartie thinks very highly of himself. Almost anyone who has watched football for the past several years would not rank the Jets cornerback among the best in the game, but naturally he disagrees. In fact, Cromartie feels that the only corner in the league better than him is his teammate, Darrelle Revis. Now that Revis is out for the season with a torn ACL, that leaves Antonio in a class of his own.

“I have said that I’m the second-best corner in the NFL,” Cromartie told the NY Daily News. “I’m not backing off what I said. I don’t care what anyone else believe. … It’s my confidence in myself. I know what I’m capable of when I’m at the top of my game.”

Cromartie also emphatically said he is better than Nnamdi Asomugha when asked. One of the criticisms against Cro over the years has always been that he completely checks out of games and often times doesn’t show up mentally. He acknowledged that has been an issue.

“You can have the ‘Bad Cro’ if I’m not focused the whole entire game,” Cromartie said. “There’s been times when I’ll lose focus and my technique will be bad. I’ve just got to make sure that I’m focused on what I need to do for 60-65 plays.”

He even loses focus sometimes when trying to remember the names of his children. Low blow? Oh well. Over the offseason, Cromartie said he was the second-best wide receiver on the Jets, so obviously this guy thinks he’s great at everything. Without Revis the rest of the way, Rex Ryan and company desperately need “Bad Cro” to stay at home on Sundays. Otherwise, their defense could find itself in shambles very quickly.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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