With Tom Brady and the New England Patriots set to visit the Mile High City, Denver Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith said it's fair to call the four-time winning Super Bowl quarterback a "crybaby".
While Tom Brady may be the best QB in the NFL and especially good in the postseason, he is only 2-6 in games played in Denver.
"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 told reporters on Monday, according to 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.'"
Smith also praised the veteran's competitiveness and drive.
"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."
Brady's favorite weapon, Rob Gronkowski, was also the target of some Broncos criticism this week.
Linebacker Brandon Marshall said the tight end gets away with more than he should.
"I say because he pushes off," Marshall told NBC Sports' "Pro Football Talk Live" radio show on Monday. "I mean, he pushes off and he gets away with it about 98 percent of the time."
Malik Jackson also appeared on PFT Live to talk about the AFCCG. He reinforced his fellow defensive lineman's statement on Brady.
“When we played him he definitely threw some temper tantrums,” Jackson said. “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.”
Chris Harris, Jr., in an appearance on SportsCenter, was asked how you tackle a big guy like Gronkowski. His response?
"You gotta hit him low, man — hit him in his knees," Harris said. "That's the best chance you have of hitting him."
Harris also went on to point out how difficult Gronk is to bring down solo. Often times it takes a village.
"You gotta take his legs out or hold on and wait for everybody, wait for the gang to come on and gang tackle him," Harris added.
Over the past four seasons, the Broncos are 2-3 against the Patriots with both wins coming at Mile High and all three losses taking place in Foxboro. The team is also undefeated in the playoffs against the Patriots at Sports Authority Field.
Bronco defenders are ready to defend that mark and may bring a box of tissues or two for Tom Brady, just in case the tears start to flow.
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