I’m guessing that most people feel like the comments made Monday by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier and safety Mike Mitchell about trying to shutdown New England Patriots offense and tight end Rob Gronkowski wee unacceptable. In the case of ESPN First Take’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless, you’d think both players just pulled an Anthony Smith and guaranteed a victory Thursday night.
In case you missed it, here’s what Shazier and Mitchell both had to say on Monday in response to how the Steelers defense will try to slow down Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Gronkowski, his main weapon.
“You just have to jam him up a little bit, mess with his timing,” said Shazier. “If you mess up their timing, they are really time-oriented. You have to mess up their timing and get in his face with pressure, then I feel we can slow him down a little bit.”
Mitchell acknowledged that Gronkowski is the NFL’s finest tight end, but argued: “He has success when people don’t put their hands on him.”
Anyways, it’s not a long clip, so in case you missed it, you can see below what smith and Bayless had to say about those comments.