Anthony Smith Part Deux
Posted by Mike on November 25, 2008
From the Boston Metro:
“If they ask me again, I’ll say the same thing,” Smith told Pittsburgh-area reporters.
“We’re the No. 1 defense,” Smith told the Indiana (Pa.) Gazette recently when asked about his take on this weekend’s Patriots-Steelers game. “If we play like we’ve been playing, and our offense comes around and has a good game, and we’re clicking on all cylinders, we’re going to win the game.”
Before that one, Smith told the media: “I can guarantee a win. As long as we come out and do what we got to do.” The Patriots then went out and made an example of the young safety, targeting him on a number of occasions. There was a sharply executed play-action fake in the second quarter where Smith took the bait, leading to a 63-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Randy Moss. The Patriots followed that with a third-quarter play that featured a pair of long laterals involving Brady and Moss before Brady found Jabar Gaffney for a 56-yard score over Smith. And New England fans had a chance to taunt the young safety in the waning moments of the 34-13 blowout when Smith was shown repeatedly on the scoreboard.
After the game, New England coach Bill Belichick took a few shots of his own.
“We’ve played against a lot better safeties than him, I’ll tell you,” Belichick said. “The safety play at that position was pretty inviting.”