The Denver Broncos may be bringing some tissues onto the field for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.
“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 wasn’t all negative about Brady. He praised the veteran’s competitiveness and drive — even if there are a few tears involved.
“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.”
One of Brady’s favorite weapons, Rob Gronkowski, also was 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.”
Gronkowski caught two touchdown passes in the Pats’ AFC divisional-round win against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. He now has eight TD receptions in the postseason, a record for tight ends.
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