When the Patriots talk about those who doubted them or said they couldn’t beat the Chargers, they may have only been referring to Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith.
The ESPN talking heads and First Take hosts are two of the most prominent yet polarizing voices in sports media. They’re at least polarizing in New England, where they’re often viewed as a villain for their persistent doubting of Brady and the Patriots’ chances of winning at all in the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl.
“Everyone thinks we suck and, you know, we can’t win any games. We’ll see,” said Brady with a grin on his face after the Patriots dismantled the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots’ Twitter account followed suit after Brady’s comments by specifically calling out Kellerman and Smith for their low opinions of the Patriots compared to other playoff teams.
Watch below for the Patriots’ latest pump-up video, which spotlights comments made by Kellerman and Smith about Brady, Julian Edelman, and others. It also highlights Devin McCourty’s postgame comments, which also reflected the Patriots’ current “nobody believes in us” attitude.
“We see our quarterback’s too old, we’re not good enough on defense, the skill players aren’t good,” said McCourty. “We see it, but it doesn’t affect how we prepare. We love practicing and we love playing with each other, preparing. We’re going to take advantage of that and come out ready to go no matter what.
“So, like I said earlier, we have a team of great character, a lot of guys in there with really good character that are going to keep fighting and have already been counted out multiple times, so that never affects us.”
The Patriots are sticking with a slogan of “Still here.” Especially if they can keep playing like they did against the Chargers, it’s a scary proposition to the other three remaining teams that Brady and the Pats are still alive.
Someone tell Max and Stephen A. to keep yapping.
Click here for all Patriots updates from 98.5 The Sports Hub.