DENVER -- A lot was made of the back-and-forth between the Patriots and Broncos earlier in the week. Was it overblown? Certainly seemed that way. But don’t tell that to Denver linebacker Brandon Marshall.
It was Marshall who fired the first salvo, saying the only way Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski got open was by pushing off. That comment was met with derision via social media.
“I didn’t think that they would blow up like that,” said Marshall after practice Friday. “ I definitely wasn’t aware that all the Patriots fans would be in my Twitter mentions and calling me all kind of explicit names. I’m sorry, I’m . . . whatever, I don’t want to say the names. I didn’t think that would happen, but I mean I said what I said. I can’t take it back. I just have to be ready to cover him.”
Gronkowski responded a day earlier to Marshall’s comments, and Broncos cornerback Chris Harris saying the only way to tackle the big tight end was to go for his knees, by saying, “It’s just part of the game. They’re not doing anything illegal out there. It’s just part of the game. I’ve just got to be aware of it. [I’ve] maybe just got to step up my game a little bit. Maybe throw a juke, I mean I don’t know how many jukes I’ve got, but I’ve just got to be aware for it. It’s football and it’s just part of the game."