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Tom Brady: If refs want to flag the opposing defense, I love it

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures after a play in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Getty Images

Broncos defensive linemen Antonio Smith and Malik Jackson have shared their opinion that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady whines to the officials when he gets hit in hopes of getting flags that will hand yardage to New England.

Smith added that he’s “never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after he gets sacked more than Brady” and the quarterback faced questions about the Broncos’ opinions during his Wednesday press conference. A dry-eyed Brady appeared amused while responding to the queries without returning any fire in Denver’s direction.

“I’m not sure what other quarterbacks do,” Brady said. “If the refs want to throw flags, I love when they throw flags on the defenders. Absolutely. It advances our team. That’s just part of football.”

Brady was also asked what he says to referees on the field. He said that he doesn’t remember most of them because he’s “taken a lot of hits over the years” and evaded a question about New York tabloid takes on the Broncos’ takes altogether.

The topic also came up when coach Bill Belichick met the media. As anyone familiar with the coach would have predicted, he said the Patriots are focused on the game and not the “hot air” surrounding it.

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70 Responses to “Tom Brady: If refs want to flag the opposing defense, I love it”
  1. suicidalionsfan says: Jan 20, 2016 1:18 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is just as bad !

  2. bucrightoff says: Jan 20, 2016 1:22 PM

    QBs in generally, not just Brady, truly have become pampered babies. But when almost all rule changes recently have been to their benefit, it’s not all that surprising.

  3. patsxsaintsfan says: Jan 20, 2016 1:22 PM

    What else would he say? Those 2 defenders who are mediocre at best are talking smack to the best QB in nfl history. The quotes about him whining for a flag is ridiculous. If you wanna talk about that we can talk about how every reviever in the NFL looks for a flag after the pass is incomplete but you don’t mention that do you? even if by some grace the refs help the Broncos enough to beat the patriots I don’t see how the Broncos don’t get blown out against Carolina or Arizona I mean both have front 7s to stop the run and Peyton can’t throw the ball down field don’t let anyone fool you. So good luck Broncos but if the refs don’t throw flags that make no sense we wouldn’t have even lost at Denver this year without eldeman Gronk and amendola.

  4. dickshotdogs says: Jan 20, 2016 1:25 PM

    I love Brady. Honest as the day is long. Rock ’em, New England!

  5. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 20, 2016 1:25 PM

    Its Mid January and the Jets and the rest of the AFC East are watching Brady and the Pats in another Title game..!!..Thank God the Patriots are so good or the NY Reporters would have nothing to write about………the lines to the left haters!!!!!!!

  6. weepingjebus says: Jan 20, 2016 1:27 PM

    Given how good Brady is at getting the ball out on time before the pressure arrives, I think his internal clock on late hits is much more accurate than some refs that can’t even flip an oversized novelty coin. Same clowns that blew one of his passes dead in mid air when Rex Ryan bellowed at them.

  7. richcranium2112 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:28 PM

    Of course he loves it when defense gets flags.

    You’d think, just like the Broncos, that touching Tommy Boy is personal foul with all his pleading to the refs on virtually every play.

    I admire Shady’s play, tire of his whining, but overall you can’t argue success. Followed him since his days at MICHIGAN. He’s a competitor.

  8. bleedingfacemask says: Jan 20, 2016 1:29 PM

    “He said that he doesn’t remember most of them because he’s “taken a lot of hits over the years”…”

    And some people still wonder why the NFL implemented a concussion protocol…

  9. dok1066 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:30 PM

    Anyone at any position (offense or defense) is going to try and get a flag any time they get an opportunity. It only works to their (and their team’s), benefit to do so. It would be stupid NOT to do it.

  10. stealthjunk says: Jan 20, 2016 1:30 PM

    So basically, when asked if he was a crybaby, Brady gave the same “I don’t believe so” answer that he gave when he was asked if he was a cheater.

    Facts are facts — don’t shoot the messenger. Just Google “Tom Brady Admits He Pouts and Whines” and see for yourself.

  11. nestrongsafety says: Jan 20, 2016 1:31 PM

    Sports reporters are becoming very lazy. Instead of looking for real stories they fabricate them by baiting players against each other. This is what passes for news these days. Pathetic.

  12. codythao35 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:31 PM

    The only who doesn’t whine is Teddy Bridgewater. He’s calm and doesn’t even flinch at the Refs like Rodgers and Brady.

  13. gerardjac says: Jan 20, 2016 1:32 PM

    he doesn’t even need to be sacked…he complains if you even get near him looking for a flag

  14. billsfan1 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:33 PM

    Although it pains me to say this as a Bills fan, If NE beats Denver, I would probably root for them in the Super Bowl, because as a football fan, I do enjoy seeing records being broken and things like that.

    The only reason I would want Carolina to win is that I also like seeing teams win that havent before.

    And yes Brady and Manning probably do get more calls than their fair share but that is how sports is….

    It is easy to hate NE as i have been doing it for years but the reality is that the super stars get the benefit of the doubt, based on rep. Michael Jordan used to get all the calls his way but I do not see people trashing him……

  15. fluiddarkness says: Jan 20, 2016 1:35 PM

    Tammy added later, “but I cry when no flags go my way.”

  16. daysend564 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:37 PM

    patsxsaintsfan says:
    Jan 20, 2016 1:22 PM
    What else would he say? Those 2 defenders who are mediocre at best are talking smack to the best QB in nfl history.
    ——————————–
    To even be considered in the discussion about the best QB in NFL history, you can’t leave behind a trail of cheating.

  17. supremeliving2 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:38 PM

    Now that I think about this Eli Manning rarely if ever complains to the Refs about anything he just walks off the field

  18. fanofschill says: Jan 20, 2016 1:43 PM

    If I was fan of any other team I would want my QB to do everything Brady does!!

    Brady stays until midnight watching film – do it
    Brady wears dumb clothes – do it
    Brady works refs – do it

    If Brady’s “whining” has got him even one flag, it’s all worth it. I would want my QB doing the same. just like Brady says “It advances our team”.

    No different then Magic, Kareem, Bird, MJ or Lebron working the refs.

    and honestly, it’s hyped up too much anyway. If someone had the time and went back I would bet you’d find TB does it no more then the rest of leagues QB’s. It’s just picked up on more because of who he is. When a Mariota does it, it’s a 1pm game vs the jags that no one is watching. While we have seen Brady in who can count’em national games plus an additional 29 playoff games. People are tired of seeing him. People want him to lose, so everything is under a microscope. Towards the end of Jordan’s run people started pulling against him and bulls. They went from darlings to bullies -difference for Lebron and Brady is the everyday social media. Every move magnified 24/7

    Manning whines, Rodgers whines, Brees – they all do it!

  19. pastanow says: Jan 20, 2016 1:45 PM

    Tom says to the ref, “you got my check cashed didn’t you?”

  20. Patskrieg says: Jan 20, 2016 1:46 PM

    The Broncos have spent lengthy interviews and radio appearances trying to throw insults, spark controversy, and curry favor from the officials.

    Gronk and Brady, in a combined response of no more than a few sentences, have been the only ones who have said anything even half way clever or entertaining.

  21. floratiotime says: Jan 20, 2016 1:46 PM

    Talking and Tom Brady don’t mix.

  22. Teddy BustH20's House of Noodles says: Jan 20, 2016 1:47 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is just as bad !
    ———–
    Every fan of every division rival says the same thing about a QB that is better than their QB. At least you are consistent.

  23. grogantomorgan says: Jan 20, 2016 1:53 PM

    Again;

    Opposing teams are focused on making excuses while New England is just focused !

    Speaks volumes.

  24. orrnumberfour says: Jan 20, 2016 1:57 PM

    Its Mid January and the Jets and the rest of the AFC East are watching Brady and the Pats in another Title game..!!..Thank God the Patriots are so good or the NY Reporters would have nothing to write about………the lines to the left haters!!!!!!!
    ……….

    Bingo.

    The New York media is a joke. But then again they know they are appealing to a very low IQ readership so they simply feed the unwashed masses crap just to rile them up in the hope that it will sell more of their garbage papers. NY Media = Joke.

  25. cueghost says: Jan 20, 2016 1:58 PM

    It’s not just Brady!

    This behavior is something that I think the NFL should address and attempt to curb… There’s too much complaining on the field about QB hits AND Pass Interference non-calls…

    The QBSs have all gotten spoiled and that’s a direct affect of these new QB protection rules. Almost every QB (that has a comfortable starting job) is guilty of looking for and whining for a flag every time they get hit after a throw. I find it unappealing to watch. We didn’t have to watch that 10 or 15+ years back… Now it’s seemingly every play.

    I’d like to see more flags thrown for “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” on any and all players who get in the refs face after a play. Let the Captains and Coaches talk to the refs when appropriate, other than that, SHUT UP AND PLAY!!!

  26. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 20, 2016 1:58 PM

    When NE is moving the ball on those PI call, it’s hard to beat.

  27. jason9696 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:03 PM

    I remember several years ago when Terrell Suggs hit Tom Brady pretty hard. I don’t remember if it was a late hit or not. The referee hadn’t thrown the flag but he did when Brady looked at him. That was pretty pathetic on the refs part.

    Denver has a chance of winning on Sunday if they can put a ton of pressure on Tom Brady. Just like the Dolphins did a few weeks ago.

  28. pantherfan1973299 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:04 PM

    At least he’s “old enough” to get the calls:)

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:04 PM

    I don’t know what games other people have been watching but it seems like on at least 90% of the plays some player or other is crying for a flag after the play.

    And that’s every team, most players do this. Acting like Brady is an anomaly in this respect is ridiculous.

    As to the NY press and their “take” on the issue, I’m looking around and don’t see any of the 3 NY teams in the playoffs this year. If I was the NY press I’d be more concerned with the failure of all 3 of my local teams than piling on Brady.

  30. indymarc says: Jan 20, 2016 2:05 PM

    Andrew Luck doesn’t whine. He looks at the player that knocked him on his butt and says “Great hit”.

  31. kissbillsrings says: Jan 20, 2016 2:08 PM

    Brady is what any present or future QB should aspire to be….. The Greatest of all Time!!!
    I understand all the jealousy…..but enjoy the privilege of being able to witness his greatness

  32. fireroger says: Jan 20, 2016 2:09 PM

    RavenzGunnerz says:
    Jan 20, 2016 1:58 PM
    When NE is moving the ball on those PI call, it’s hard to beat.
    ============
    Rich coming from a Ravens fan. If there is any QB that has benefited more from PI it has to be Flacco. There may not even be a close second.

  33. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 20, 2016 2:12 PM

    Tom Brady: If refs want to flag the opposing defense, I love it
    __________________

    Shady Brady: If refs don’t flag the opposing defense, I cry and cry until they do.
    There, I fixed it for you.

  34. ironyisadeadscene says: Jan 20, 2016 2:12 PM

    I laugh when I read fans say things like “I’m so tired of his whining” or the like when…they don’t have to hear it. They barely get to see it as the production crew throws up another stat graphic over the screen or cut to the 500th commercial of the game. Get over yourselves. Enjoy the game.

    p.s. There is no Karma….stop throwing that around. Pats won the Super Bowl and they are playing for a chance to go again. Karma would have happened already.

  35. billswillnevermove says: Jan 20, 2016 2:13 PM

    Pipe down crybaby………..when you have time, check out the NY Daily News……your picture is on the front page.

  36. dreadnok89 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:13 PM

    Meanwhile the broncos only won the last game because of bogus penalties and getting penalized when they should. Dopes

  37. romophobic says: Jan 20, 2016 2:16 PM

    They’re right. To be fair to Brady though, he hasn’t done it nearly as much the last 2 years as he had done previously. Manning is the same way. It’s why people don’t like Brady the player while respecting his talent and accomplishments winning throwing easier to catch deflated footballs to below average WR’s. Facts is tough.

  38. justintuckrule says: Jan 20, 2016 2:22 PM

    Why not. It’s soccer now.

  39. gronkasaurus says: Jan 20, 2016 2:24 PM

    The more I hear Tom Brady talk, the more I think he should just play football. He’s much, much better at the latter

  40. mmack66 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:28 PM

    indymarc says:
    Jan 20, 2016 2:05 PM

    Andrew Luck doesn’t whine. He looks at the player that knocked him on his butt and says “Great hit”.
    —————————-

    Which is exactly what the players that have actually hit Brady, say that Brady does.

  41. getyourownname says: Jan 20, 2016 2:28 PM

    “He said that he doesn’t remember most of them”

    This guy is incapable of admitting anything that he is afraid might not portray him in a perfect light.

  42. jolink653 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:30 PM

    The ironic part about all of this trash talk is that Denver’s receivers are some of the worst complainers in the league. If they don’t catch a pass they immediately turn to the refs to try to get them to throw a flag. Maybe Denver’s defense should look at the other half of their team before they start throwing stones

  43. sb44champs says: Jan 20, 2016 2:32 PM

    I heard Tom’s personal chef ‘took care’ of the AFC Champ game refs this year lol

  44. warrensip says: Jan 20, 2016 2:35 PM

    I’m still waiting for Brady to get flagged or ejected. He bumped a ref last year in the playoffs while going off on him and didn’t even get an unsportsmanlike.

    If Cam Newton (for example, there are many that don’t get respected) went after refs like Brady does he’d be banned from the league by now.

  45. mswravens says: Jan 20, 2016 2:35 PM

    He loves when they throw flags…that’s why he cries for one every time he’s hit. At least THAT is not cheating on his part.

  46. dasmol says: Jan 20, 2016 2:38 PM

    Biggest crybaby in the league gets his way.

    Nothing new here.

  47. grogantomorgan says: Jan 20, 2016 2:41 PM

    Nice to see all the haters out in numbers. Must be nothing to do since your teams are on the golf course.

    Seriously though, I have noticed most receivers in the league begging for flags and running backs pulling at their face masks looking for a call. Let’s not forget QB’s asking for PI & Personal fouls

    Looking more and more like Premier League Soccer !. NFL should flag players for embellishment or unsportsmanlike conduct, this will quickly get rid of this.

    You folks offer up observations without solutions.

    Very close to the whining your complaining about.

    Just Saying

  48. patsrule59 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:42 PM

    How ironic that a Bronco would whine about Brady complaining to the refs when it’s them that’s been working the refs non-stop since Sunday.

    What makes it especially laughable is that the only reason this game is even being played in Denver is because the refs blatantly bagged the game for Denver when the teams met earlier this season.

  49. bullcharger says: Jan 20, 2016 2:47 PM

    suicidalionsfan says:
    Jan 20, 2016 1:18 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is just as bad !

    ———-

    Not sure what everyone expects. You want QBs that are paid many millions of dollars to win football games to just be stoic after a hit they think was illegal?

    Why would they do that? That’s bad for business. If you can get a penalty called then you get it called. As long as it works, why would any QB stay quiet instead of getting 15 yards and a first down.

    Fans may not like it, but the refs are the ones that would have to stop it.

    The NFL could send a memo that complaining to the refs will result in a warning then an unsportsman like flag on the second occurrence.

    Then it will stop immediately.

  50. jrclark1978 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:49 PM

    WRs are the biggest whiners, hands down. There are very few receivers out there (Fitzgerald comes to mind) that pick themselves up after a questionable play and head towards the huddle. Most of them immediately throw their hands up looking for a flag, even if they didn’t reach that far to catch the actual pass.

  51. iamkillerfin says: Jan 20, 2016 2:52 PM

    ANYTIME Brady gets hit cry baby is always looking for a flag!!! It is just a bit ridiculous!!! Just get the cheater sacked Denver!!!

  52. joecool16 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:57 PM

    That’s why I loved when football was actually football. I remember Joe montana being knocked out of 2 playoff games both by the giants. Onice in 87 and once in 1990. That’s one of the reasons why I say Joe montana is the best ever. He took a beating thru his career and kept coming back. This is coming from a life long skins fan. Joe cool best ever baby!

  53. bullcharger says: Jan 20, 2016 3:04 PM

    joecool16 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 2:57 PM

    That’s why I loved when football was actually football. I remember Joe montana being knocked out of 2 playoff games both by the giants. Onice in 87 and once in 1990. That’s one of the reasons why I say Joe montana is the best ever. He took a beating thru his career and kept coming back. This is coming from a life long skins fan. Joe cool best ever baby!

    —————

    Montana was great and he was as tough as nails, but it was a shame he was knocked out of those games. That’s a bad thing about NFL at that time and it’s why the rules on QB hits were changed. People want Romo not Cassell, Manning not Osweiler. The game sucks if it comes down to back up QBs.

  54. RE LEE says: Jan 20, 2016 3:06 PM

    Haters are sooo tired of Brady’s whining? Winning is more like it.

  55. j0esixpack says: Jan 20, 2016 3:18 PM

    Brady DOES complain to the officials a lot

    So does every other QB

    And frankly, Brady knows the rules better than the officials – and they HATE it when he points that out.

    Before FrameGate Brady even had his equipment manager SHOW the officials the rule when the officials cheated by inflating footballs to a whopping 16 psi. They had no clue what the rule was – or that air temperature impacts PSI

    (Which of course raises the point: How many criminals actually point out the law they’re going to break to the police before they do it?)

  56. tedmurph says: Jan 20, 2016 3:20 PM

    Brady is too smart to take those hits, flag or not. He doesn’t care what the ‘Tammy’ crowd thinks. That’s why he’s never missed a game in 16 yrs, except when he blew out his knee. GOAT.

  57. grabgrabgrab says: Jan 20, 2016 3:21 PM

    Crybaby status confirmed.

  58. rootpain says: Jan 20, 2016 3:22 PM

    I’ve enjoyed watching the Patriots win for so long now, I don’t even remember what it was like to root for a losing team.

  59. bostonfan4eva says: Jan 20, 2016 3:27 PM

    Brady can whine his way to another Super Bowl and you won’t hear a peep out of me. It’s part of the game. An earlier post said receivers do it on every play, very true. All teams do it, not just Brady and the Patriots.

    Winning breeds envy and the haters line up to knock them down.

    5 AFC Championships in a row, potentially another repeat Super Bowl. It’s nice to be a Patriots fan. When Belichick and Brady are gone we will be singing a different tune for sure. Riding the wave until I fall off the surfboard.

  60. luvpeytonmanning says: Jan 20, 2016 3:32 PM

    I love it when the Bronco’s D sacks Brady on his butt and watch him get mad and cry like a baby.

  61. packer4life4ever says: Jan 20, 2016 3:34 PM

    Should have flagged your boy Gronk for a push-off on that 1st TD vs KC.

  62. rcali says: Jan 20, 2016 4:00 PM

    Wait, did Tom just admit to not being able to remember because he’s had too many “head injuries” possibly? #ForgetGate!

  63. mmack66 says: Jan 20, 2016 4:09 PM

    bostonfan4eva says:
    Jan 20, 2016 3:27 PM

    When Belichick and Brady are gone we will be singing a different tune for sure.
    —————–

    I wonder what or who the haters will blame for their teams’ ineptitude then?

    It’s not like everyone is going to suddenly get better if and when the Patriots come back down to Earth.

  64. tattooit says: Jan 20, 2016 4:12 PM

    All of you Internet tough guys and the rest of the JAGS around the league can say what you want. In the end, Brady will do what he always does win. His name will go down as legend, with Ali, Jordan, Ruth… While the rest of you jabronies fade away left with only the memories of your unremarkable lives, having wasted years trying to belittle a man for doing what you wish your own teams QB, could.

    As a Giants fan, I can’t image how LT would have been hated on if social media existed back then. Thank the lord.

  65. fireroger says: Jan 20, 2016 5:20 PM

    getyourownname says:
    Jan 20, 2016 2:28 PM
    “He said that he doesn’t remember most of them”

    This guy is incapable of admitting anything that he is afraid might not portray him in a perfect light.
    ================
    There’s so much funny about this post. First and foremost, look in the mirror and repeat what you just typed.

  66. fireroger says: Jan 20, 2016 5:25 PM

    If every other QB was as good as Brady at getting the flags this forum would be absolutely vacant. People can pretend all they want their favorite QB doesn’t petition the refs but you are just kidding yourself. The reason he gets the flags more times than not is because he’s right more than he’s wrong. Which is true for most every other QB as well. The issue isn’t so much with Brady as it is the inconsistency of the refs legislating bull crap rules to begin with.

  67. fireroger says: Jan 20, 2016 5:29 PM

    Brady whining won’t matter because the refs are going to affect this game in a completely different way.

  68. bradyakagod says: Jan 20, 2016 6:08 PM

    Every wide receiver in the NFL “cries” after every play when no flag is thrown after they don’t catch the ball. This last game Brady got rid of the ball so quickly and accurately that nobody knows what the Broncos are even referring to when they say Brady cries.

  69. vikingforlife says: Jan 20, 2016 7:55 PM

    Many of you are right, Brady is not the only QB who constantly looks for flags when he gets “touched”. There’s Rodgers, Cutler, hmmmm…..that’s about it. Problem is, they (the QBs) get away with it ALMOST every time! So, who should we blame here? The holier-than-thou QBs or the refs? And remember, I said constantly in the beginning of this comment, I know there are several other QBs who have been known to throw their hands up on occasion, so don’t come back with 29 other names, ok?

  70. tattooit says: Jan 20, 2016 8:23 PM

    vikingforlife
    Jan 20, 2016, 7:55 PM EST
    Many of you are right, Brady is not the only QB who constantly looks for flags when he gets “touched”. There’s Rodgers, Cutler, hmmmm…..that’s about it. Problem is, they (the QBs) get away with it ALMOST every time! So, who should we blame here? The holier-than-thou QBs or the refs?
    *********************

    Uhh.. The Refs. If the QB ISNT lobbying for a free 15yrds, it doesn’t mean his tough, it means he’s dumb.

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