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Stephon Gilmore of the New England Patriots breaks up a pass intended for Tyler Boyd of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half in the game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd had an absolute scorcher of a take when it came to his matchup against cornerback Stephon Gilmore in Cincinnati’s 34-13 loss to the Patriots last Sunday. Boyd essentially said he won the majority of their 1-on-1 matchups and tacitly blamed his quarterback and head coach for Gilmore’s two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Gilmore was clued in to Boyd’s outrageous comments during his interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand on Wednesday, and sounded practically speechless. Though he’s normally very soft-spoken and humble, Gilmore doesn’t always shy away from throwing a little shade back on his competitors. In this case, Boyd deserves a little heat.

“I don’t know, maybe he was confused, or, maybe, I don’t know,” said Gilmore initially. “I don’t know what he was looking at.”

After Marc Bertrand read him one of Boyd’s exact comments, Gilmore crushed Boyd with two simple words: “False confidence.”





In case you needed a refresher (Tyler?), Gilmore allowed just two catches to Boyd when matched up against him. And of course, he made the two picks and one of them was a pick-six in which Boyd did little to contest the play. Then came the false confidence and finger-pointing after the game.

Bad look by Boyd, but a great look for Gilmore, who is a Pro Bowler and seems to believe he should win Defensive Player of the Year. Not too shabby for a guy who’s following up a First Team All-Pro season that culminated with a key interception late in a Super Bowl victory for the Patriots.

Listen below for the full interview with Gilmore on Zolak & Bertrand. The segment begins at the 19:49 mark.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at