Kyle Van Noy took another shot at another critic Sunday night. But who exactly was he talking about, and how exactly did he catch wind of that critique?

The Patriots linebacker joins Phil Perry for NBC Sports Boston's latest "Quick Slants" episode Tuesday night, and one of the topics on the agenda is this tweet he sent following New England's 17-10 road win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Van Noy suggested to Perry that "ole Tony" was a reference to CBS analyst Tony Romo, who apparently mentioned the Patriots have "no names" on their defense during Sunday's broadcast.

"Obviously you get tagged in stuff after the game by a million people, and then you have conversations with family members after games, and Mom wasn't too happy about it," Van Noy told Perry.

Romo actually was complimenting the Patriots defense, which is playing at a historic level despite a lack of what some would call "household names."

But Van Noy added he doesn't have any serious ax to grind with New England's critics.

"I don't want to make it seem like anything and everything someone says I'm worried about," he added. "It's more fun, just trying to mess with people.

"Because at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what people think. I'm comfortable in my shoes and my teammates are comfortable in theirs. We trust each other.

Check out Van Noy's full interview with Perry on our YouTube channel. 


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