USA Today – Titans All-Pro safety Kevin Byard said neither he nor his teammates are intimidated by Tom Brady and the top-seeded, five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, whom they face in an AFC divisional round playoff game Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. And in discounting any aura surrounding New England, Byard took the latest shot at the AFC South rival Jaguars.
“It’s a playoff game, so it’s not like it’s the preseason where I can go out there, ‘Oh, it’s Brady,’ and I’m chillin,’” Byard said after practice Tuesday. “This is a playoff game. So I don’t really care if it was Joe Montana. You know what I’m saying? I’m trying to go out there and win the game. I want to make him look like Blake Bortles if I can and try to catch a couple picks.
Byard, who led the NFL with eight interceptions this season, picked off Bortles twice in the Titans’ 15-10 victory against the Jaguars in the regular-season finale, which clinched a second consecutive winning season and the franchise’s first playoff berth in nine years. It also finished a season sweep of the AFC South champion Jaguars, who play the Steelers in the other AFC divisional game Sunday in Pittsburgh.
I love bulletin board material. It’s always from these teams and players that have never been to the big dance before either. I get the whole not being afraid thing, but you should probably just think that internally, when you come out and say it, you just look stupid. Not to mention, you put a giant bullseye on you. Brady is probably gonna make this dude look like a peewee football player. When you’re 15 point underdogs in the post season, it’s probably best to just do your talking on the field.