Tom Brady and his New England Patriots travel to Denver to face the Broncos in Sunday’s AFC Championship game. As expected, the Broncos are doing everything in their power to get under Brady’s skin.
Both teams have been exchanging barbs back-and-forth via social media. But most of that was friendly banter. Things got a little nasty when Denver’s Antonio Smith said it “would be an accurate statement” to call Brady a crybaby.
“I’ve never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after he gets sacked more than Brady. Every time Brady gets sacked, he looks at the ref like, ‘You see him sack me? Was that really supposed to happen? He did it a little hard. Please throw a 15-yard penalty on him. Get him fined,” the Broncos’ defensive linesman told reporters on Monday.
On Tuesday, Broncos defensive lineman Malik Jackson agreed with his teammate, before calling Brady a whiner. “I mean, when we played him (Brady), he definitely threw some temper tantrums. I know I wouldn’t be whining like that, but some people do. He’s definitely a whiner but he’s a big-time player and competitor, too,” Jackson said in an interview with NBC Sports’ “Pro Football Talk Live” radio show.
Brady fires back…
Earlier today, Brady responded to Smith’s jab in the only way he can. “I love it when the referees throw flags at the defense. It advances our team. That is just part of football,” Brady said in a press conference Wednesday.
When asked if Brady remembers any discussions with officials, the four-time Super Bowl champion said: “I don’t remember asking referees much about them (calls). I’ve taken a lot of hits over the years.”
Many reckon that Broncos’ jabs towards Tom Brady are to try and unsettle the quarterback ahead of Sunday’s game. However, Brady is far too experienced to allow these things affect him on the football field. On paper, the Broncos are the underdogs and they are behaving like it.