As if the Patriots didn’t need any more motivation to absolute pummel the Denver Broncos on Sunday, some Denver players have made the poor mistake of giving the Pats grade A bulletin board material to remember as they walk out onto the field.
The Pats are on a quest to absolutely shut up Roger Goodell and the rest of the NFL following what happened last year with DeflateGate, and now, they’re just two wins away from giving a big time middle finger to the league. Earlier in the year, it was no-name Chris McCain coming at Brady and the Pats. Now, Denver is taking this whole rivalry to the next level.
It all started when Rob Gronkowski was tweeted at saying the Broncos were going to go for his legs, which is exactly what Chris Harris said. The funny thing is, that’s exactly what T.J Ward did late in the season when he took out Gronk at the knees and knocked him out for a couple weeks. However, Gronk responded with a burn that even Kelso from That 70’s Show would be proud of.
The thing I want to know is if Bill Belichick seriously allowed this. Or maybe he hasn’t seen it yet. Either way, Gronk owned the Broncos in less than 140 characters.
Also commenting on the best tight end in the league was Denver linebacker Brandon Marshall. Or as I like to call him, the less important Brandon Marshall. He claims that Gronk pushes off too much and that’s why he’s so good. While it’s true that Gronk did lead the league in OPI’s, he didn’t push off on all of his 72 catches and 11 touchdowns, did he? Probably not. For Sunday, if Brady sees Marshall lined up on Gronk, especially in the red-zone, there’s no way he doesn’t exploit that matchup for six points. As cliché as it sounds, that was just the beginning.
Since then, the Broncos have called Tom “GOAT” Brady a “crybaby”. To Antonio Smith and Malik Jackson, on behalf of Patriots Nation, I would like to thank you for further igniting the fire under Brady’s ass for Sunday, you guys are idiots. Smith also went on to say that Brady asks for too many calls whenever he gets touched. And Jackson decided to echo those comments later on. Which is honestly hysterical because Peyton Manning is THE reason why quarterbacks and wide receivers can’t be breathed on without drawing a penalty on the defense. I don’t think Peyton Manning has ever taken fault for an interception in his entire career. Brady isn’t perfect, but at least he knows it’s his fault if he screws it up, Peyton just blames it on the receiver or offensive line 100% of the time.
I can see why they think Brady is a crybaby though. He’s very animated on the field and on the sidelines but he’s not complaining. He’s just getting himself and his teammates fired up, usually with rousing success.
And what was Brady’s response to all the noise? “I love it when refs throw flags on the defense. It advances our team. That’s just a part of football.” Grade A stuff from Brady there. Classic Patriots, seemingly sweeping it under the rug as a non-issue, then using it as motivation during the game. Last years Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler said that he wouldn’t even trash talk because “that doesn’t win football games.” I love trash talk, but he’s right. The Patriots have won four Super Bowls without doing it. Brandon Lafell backed up Brady and said “he’s not a whiner, he’s a winner.” As corny as it sounds, it’s solid from Lafell.
Brady has struggled in Denver his entire career, and with this potentially be the last time he plays Peyton, can bet a mortgage that he’s beyond determined to go out on top. Brady is called Psycho Tom for a reason, and you can also bet we’ll see a lot of Psycho Tom in Denver.
I don’t think I’ve ever in my life been less worried than I am now about going into Denver. With a mostly healthy roster and added motivation, there’s just no possible way the Pats will lose this game. I was already too amped up for this game before this trash talk even started. But now that it has, I’m actually counting down the minutes until kickoff. I just can’t wait for the Brady Bunch to demolish Denver on Sunday. Denver is so scared for this matchup that they’re not even allowing Pats fans to buy tickets. But that’s fine with me, because the more Broncos fans I see crying following the world’s largest retirement party (looking at you, Peyton) the game Sunday, the happier I’ll be.
Cover Photo via Reddit
Gronk’s Tweet Photo via TheBigLead