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Seahawks’ Bryant says Browns’ cheap shots got under his skin

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In an otherwise forgettable 6-3 Browns victory on Sunday, Seahawks defensive lineman Red Bryant had a very memorable game.

And he’s blaming Browns tight end Alex Smith for the most memorable part.

Bryant blocked two Cleveland field goal attempts to help keep the Seahawks in a game when they easily could have been blown out. That was the good part of the game for Bryant.

But Bryant also had an incredibly costly penalty late in the game: After the Seahawks sacked Browns quarterback Colt McCoy on third down with about a minute to go, Bryant head-butted Browns tight end Alex Smith. That personal foul got Bryant ejected and gave the Browns an automatic first down, and all they had to do was kneel down twice to run out the clock.

So what in the world was going through Bryant’s mind when he committed that incredibly costly penalty? Bryant said Smith had been trash talking and cheap shotting all game, and Bryant finally snapped at the worst possible moment.

“He was talking the whole game,” said Bryant. “He was taking cheap shots at me. That’s what guys do when they can’t block you. He did a great job of getting in my head. I should have been smarter than that.”

Smith says he’s not sure what Bryant is referring to.

“I was confused by that,” Smith said. “Someone else said he called me a dirty player. I’ve never been called a dirty player in my seven years of playing football. I don’t know what he thought I did that was dirty but I always play right in between the whistles and that was that. There was a lot of jawing going back and forth but at the end of the day, my work was done when the whistle blows.”

Whether Smith did anything dirty or not, Bryant has to be smart enough to know that it’s often the retaliation that the officials see. The Seahawks learned that the hard way on Sunday.

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26 Responses to “Seahawks’ Bryant says Browns’ cheap shots got under his skin”
  1. dhawk12 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:30 PM

    Was very disappointed in Bryant losing his cool there. But please explain, PFT, how the Browns could have easily blown Seattle out. They hit two FGs of 50+ and had two blocked. Seattle also had a TD taken away on a phantom penalty. Hardly the makings of a potential blowout…

  2. ripcityhawkhead says: Oct 25, 2011 2:38 PM

    As a Seahawk fan I would like him to be more specific on what he did that was dirty, trash talking isn’t dirty it’s part of the game. To me there is nothing anybody should be able to do in that situation for you to get a 15 yarder. We were gonna get the ball back and just stopped em on 3rd down.

  3. ripcityhawkhead says: Oct 25, 2011 2:43 PM

    dhawk, it was a blowout b/c there was no way we could have scored on 2 possessions when our WR’s were getting interfered or held on about every pass down the field.

  4. savocabol1 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:50 PM

    Can’t take someone trash talking to you? I’m sorry Red maybe next time your mom can call Alex’s mom and they can sort it all out.

    Ha, just another sore Seattle loser.

  5. Nevis says: Oct 25, 2011 2:56 PM

    Talk about a Trash Bowl…ugly, ugly game.

  6. gg213606 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:57 PM

    @dhawk12, it could have been a blowout because the Browns possessed the ball for 40+ minutes. If we had any semblance of an offense there would have been no doubt.

  7. raythestabber says: Oct 25, 2011 2:59 PM

    Maybe he was talking about the game, cause it was complete garbage. Is it a football game or hockey match?

  8. seahawks4alltime says: Oct 25, 2011 3:02 PM

    SAVOCABOL1. I really wish you could meet Red Bryant and speak that way to his face.

  9. wegogreenbay says: Oct 25, 2011 3:16 PM

    “Bryant blocked two Cleveland field goal attempts to help keep the Seahawks in a game when they easily could have been blown out.”

    Michael, was that subtle sarcasm? If so, I find it hilarious!

  10. hamcamnewton says: Oct 25, 2011 3:25 PM

    Will you please put stories about this game to rest,

  11. hamcamnewton says: Oct 25, 2011 3:27 PM

    Thank God I didn’t watch and feel sorry the ones who did.

  12. juzthadoginme says: Oct 25, 2011 3:42 PM

    Man SEA-SQAWKS,Fans are CRYBABYS RIGHT TO YOUR FACES…..BROWNS WIN ! BROWNS WIN ! HA HA HA

  13. ytownie says: Oct 25, 2011 3:51 PM

    So what do you guys want– penalties for trash talking now? Give the refs more say in the outcome of the game? What a bunch of babies and take your ball and go home guys. Grow up and act like a man and not an overpaid prima donna.

  14. erikinhell says: Oct 25, 2011 4:24 PM

    Nice bonehead move. The guy can’t take a few ‘yo momma’ jokes.

  15. contraryguy says: Oct 25, 2011 4:49 PM

    At best, the game was worthy of 3rd grade recess. Guess the schoolyard jabbering went with it.

  16. markuh says: Oct 25, 2011 5:58 PM

    Sea-sqwaks? The best u can do?

  17. dhawk12 says: Oct 25, 2011 6:09 PM

    gg213606 says:
    Oct 25, 2011 2:57 PM
    @dhawk12, it could have been a blowout because the Browns possessed the ball for 40+ minutes. If we had any semblance of an offense there would have been no doubt.
    ————–
    But you didn’t have any semblance of an offense (in large part because you kept trying to run the ball against the best YPC D in the NFL). That is the point. If Seattle would have had any semblance of an offense (or Jackson playing) they would have Blown out the Browns.

  18. borisbulldog says: Oct 25, 2011 6:21 PM

    dhawk wrote-

    But please explain, PFT, how the Browns could have easily blown Seattle out

    ——————————————————–

    What MDS meant is if the Browns had an average offense and not an inept one the score should have been 31-3!

    What part of 43:00 to 17:00 minutes of TOP for the Browns don’t you understand?

  19. NoWearMan says: Oct 25, 2011 6:26 PM

    Bryant did a fine job blocking two FG’s.

    But despite Cleveland’s lack of “any semblance of an offense”, Red and his cohorts couldn’t get Cleveland off the field. 40+ minutes of time of possession?

    semblence or no, that’s a pretty amazing statistic.

    And seriously…there’s NO WAY Seattle would have won the game even if Bryant didn’t get friendly with the pooch.

    17 minutes of time of possession and CLEVELAND doesn’t have an offense?!? Hilarious (in Jim Rome voice)

  20. borisbulldog says: Oct 25, 2011 6:26 PM

    dhawk wrote-

    you kept trying to run the ball against the best YPC D in the NFL

    —————————————————

    YPC don’t mean squat if you move the chains!

    Again, what part of owned in the TOP don’t you understand?

    And PS- that wasn’t a phantom block, the SEA player pushed his man in the back to the ground!

    Do you also have a problem understanding the rules?

  21. awolfgang says: Oct 25, 2011 6:43 PM

    “Bryant blocked two Cleveland field goal attempts to help keep the Seahawks in a game when they easily could have been blown out.”

    HAHAHAHA!!!!

  22. snoqualmieterry says: Oct 25, 2011 9:23 PM

    Everybody except Browns fans can admit Leon Washington got robbed. There wasn’t a block in the back. The Browns player is a great actor. Bryant’s head butt was stupid, but he dominated the OLine, but let his anger get the best of him. Every player Bryant plays now will taunt him.

  23. billb49 says: Oct 26, 2011 12:38 AM

    I’d like to thank the Seahawks for demonstrating to the Niners that they can’t take the Browns lightly. The Niners must have noticed that the Hawks could only score three points on that Browns defense (yes, Seattle should have had ten points, but 7 of them should have been from special teams), so I expect the Niners offense to be focused and ready. On the other hand, the Browns could only score six points on the Seahawks which probably means they’re going to have a real problem with the Niner defense.

  24. billb49 says: Oct 26, 2011 1:00 AM

    I’m looking forward to watching the Browns try to run on the Niners. That should be brutal.

  25. hawkman84 says: Oct 26, 2011 3:04 AM

    Maaaan….Red is the man!

    Bad game overall.

    But I’m glad he showed passion and some attitude.

    If he had to do it I would much rather him do it in this game that was dull anyway.

    Anyone remembers the last time a ‘Hawk was ejected for showing some fire???

    I don’t condone it or advocate it….but hey, it happens…I’ll take it. The guy already blocked 2 FGs.

    It’s Cleveland anyway…c’mon!

    Thanks, Red!

    Make offenses remember who you are when that final whistle blows!

  26. artflooney says: Oct 28, 2011 5:01 PM

    Every team gets 15 flags thrown on them per game. It just depends when the officials decide the throw them. The Browns got a few at the times that allowed them to win the game. But quit crying, there have been at least two games where the Browns had flags throw at equally inopportune times that cost us those games. So it all evens out.

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