The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are set to faceoff on Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. While neither team needs any motivation to get up for the AFC Championship, the Broncos have certainly been providing their fair share of bulletin board material.
Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith and Malik Jackson have not hid their feelings regarding the Patriots star quarterback, who they both believe is a “cry baby.”
“That would be an accurate statement. I’ve never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after he gets sacked more than Brady,” Smith said, via the Colorado Springs Gazette. “Every time he gets sacked, he looks at the ref like, ‘You see him sack me? Was that supposed to happen? He did it a little hard. Please throw a 15-yard penalty on him. Get him fined.'”
Jackson added, “I mean, when we played him, he definitely threw some temper tantrums. It’s one of those things that you know. He definitely [says], ‘What’s going on? Why?’ Definitely one of those whiners that whines, but it’s a competitive game. I know I wouldn’t be whining like that, but some people do. So he’s definitely a whiner but he’s actually a big-time player, competitor, too.”
Smith did provide some praise towards Brady, saying the signal-caller is tough, but he again took a shot at the future Hall of Famer for his tendancy to complain.
“He’s not going to rattle just because you hit him hard. I’ve tried over the years,” Smith told the Gazette. “That’s what D-linemen think: ‘The harder you hit the quarterback, the better it will make it on the secondary.’
“With Brady, he’s a great competitor. You know it’s coming. He’s going to cry about getting hit, but he’s going to take the hit and keep going.”
All of the talking is fun, but it’s really going to be great to have these two elite teams fight it out on the field. Who knows, maybe the Broncos defense will bring some tissues for Tom Brady so he can be prepared for a long day.
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