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Jets safety says prepping for Brady is like prepping for, yes, Cousins

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If the ill-advised decision of whoever works for (or used to work for) the Patriots to commemorate the butt fumble on #ThrowbackThursday resonated with the Jets, it’s been more than balanced out by the boastful comments of Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson -- and by the inexplicable observations of Jets safety Marcus Gilchrist.

“You prepare [for Tom Brady] the same way you prepare for Kirk Cousins,” Gilchrist told USA Today on Thursday.

Wait, the Jets prepare for Brady the same way the prepared for Kirk Freaking Cousins?

“You don’t change,” Gilchrist said. “It’s like turning the light switch on and off because it’s a different person. Kirk Cousins could have easily come out there [last week] and we could’ve not played sound football and not been where we were supposed to be and he could’ve looked the same way [as Brady].

“We can’t allow one game to be bigger than the other. Do we realize the type of player we’re playing against? Yes, we do. But you don’t change. We’ve got to be 1-0 this week, regardless of who it is – Brady – regardless of who we’re playing.”

Gilchrist insisted he’s not disparaging anyone, but it’s hard to see the comments as anything other than a slap at Brady, who has more talent in his gall bladder than Cousins has in his entire body.

Regardless of what Gilchrist meant, his words give Brady even more fuel for a fire that already has been raging all season long, thanks to #DeflateGate.