Lewis glad Revis signed

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Expect some fireworks during the first Monday nighter of the year.

Ferocious Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis did his part to get Baltimore's opponents, the highly touted New York Jets fired up Thursday.

In separate conference calls with the New York and Baltimore media, the former defensive player of the year and Super Bowl winner made it clear he doesn't believe the Jets deserve the hype they are getting -- even with Darrelle Revis back in the lineup.

"I'm just glad he is signed, so there is no excuses," Lewis said.

"Don't come and say, 'Oh, we didn't have Revis.' Have everybody (you) need to have. Whoever (you) need to go sign ... stack your deck and let's go play football."

Lewis said he isn't sure why the Jets are so many pundits' Super Bowl pick.

"We're talking about the Jets like we're talking about the Saints," Lewis said on the New York call.

"Those are the only people that can be dethroned, Drew Brees and the Saints, not Mark Sanchez and the Jets."

Lewis then ripped the young Jets quarterback, pointing to his struggles throwing the ball when New York's strong rushing game is not on track.

Not surprisingly, brash Jets coach Rex Ryan -- Lewis' former defensive co-ordinator, responded to his old friend.

"Sounds like we got under Ray's nerves," Ryan told the New York Daily News.

"If you want to win it, you ought to be man enough to stand up there and say, 'We expect to win.'

"I've got a lot of respect for Ray ... it doesn't matter what he says in a negative light. I still respect him," Ryan said.

"But we are going to try to smash him, I can tell you that much."

BRADY'S CARS AND CASH

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had an eventful day Thursday.

In the morning, Brady was "unhurt," besides being a little shaken, according to police, following a minor car accident in Boston.

Though the jaws of life were reportedly necessary in order to remove a passenger in a van also involved in the collision, Brady went to practice and was treated by team doctors.

The passenger went to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Later in the day, Brady was able to take part in full practice.

At night, the Boston Herald reported that Brady and the Patriots have finalized a four-year contract extension worth about $19 million US per season.

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