Joey Porter said it, and the New England Patriots used it. Patriots QB Tom Brady said Monday that his team used Porter’s trash talk last week as motivation in Sunday’s 27-17 win.
“I think [Porter] was very motivating for our team throughout the course of the week and into the game,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on “The Dennis and Callahan Show” on WEEI. “When you hear that kind of stuff, I think guys take it to heart, and coaches (take it) to heart.
“He’s a great player. He’s been a great player for a long time. But it’s always great when you come out of a game and you understand you kept one of their best players from making an impact on the game. We felt good about that. We have to see him again in four weeks, so I’m sure he’ll be juiced up for that game.”
When Brady refers to keeping Porter from making an impact, he may have been referring to Porter’s stat line — he did not register a tackle in the game.
Last week, Porter said on his weekly appearance on NFL Network that he hated the Patriots and believed that officials treat Brady differently than other quarterbacks.
“When a guy can tell a ref when to throw a flag and he gets it and stuff like that, I mean he got his own rules,” said Porter. “They made the whole ‘don’t go at the legs (rule)’ because of Tom. So whenever he feels that somebody is coming at his legs, he just points at the ref and he gets the flag. So you got to honestly say that he has his own set of rules.”
Brady refuted those comments on Friday, telling The Boston Globe that he doesn’t think he has ever persuaded an official to throw a flag.
“You may get more calls. I don’t know,” Brady said. “I think the ref calls what he sees. I don’t think I’ve ever influenced a call. The refs we have are very good. If they make a call on that, great. If they don’t, that’s fine.”
The Patriots and Dolphins meet again in Week 13, in Miami.