Tom Brady on player trash talk: It’s about how you play
There will be no back-and-forth trash talking ahead of the AFC Championship Game. The New England Patriots will ensure anything that comes out before Sunday’s tilt will be one-sided.
There is not a lot of time for the quarterback to throw, he said, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. I think the whole secondary knows it. The linebackers know it. They’re aggressive. They take chances. They get a lot of turnovers … [QB] is under pressure all day.
Brady’s compliments heading into the championship tilt are warranted. The Jags owned the No. 1 ranked pass defense, No. 2 scoring defense, No. 2 in yards given up per game, second in sacks, and fourth in third-down percentage in 2017.
There’s no question the Jags own a Super Bowl-caliber defense. Brady’s few playoff disappointments have come versus teams that could get pressure in his face with four rushers — Giants, Broncos, Ravens — while playing sticky coverage on the backend.
The Jags’ most talented player, Ramsey, received high praise from Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on Monday.
The good Lord made that guy, and he said, ‘Let there be corner.’ And there he is, Slater said, per the Boston Herald.
The God-given talents of Ramsey versus the manic skills of Tom Brady will be one of the keys to the AFC Championship Game. Any trash talking is a bonus.
In his Patriots debut, Harrison compiled two sacks and five total tackles. The veteran was pleased with his workload despite only having a few days to learn the playbook.
It’s like starting all over from scratch, he said after the victory. It’s like starting your rookie year. New game plan. You gotta pick things up. When you are a rookie you get [organized team activities] and minicamp. I got 4-5 days to prepare.