By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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.
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