There's such a surplus of trash talk lately that shots are being delivered at players in other games.
BradySuggsNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady continues to be a verbal target, but the latest salvos come from Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who'll play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.
It's cross-game trash talk.
"Well, if you ask me, he's definitely up there with them," Suggs said in a transcript posted by Yahoo! Sports blog editor Matthew J. Darnell, "because he has the hardware to prove it, and that's all that matters in this league is Super Bowls. And he's won two of them.
"If I'm correct Manning's only won one -- both Mannings that is -- and Phillip Rivers doesn't have any, and Tom Brady has three, I think, a questionable three. This guy [Roethlisberger] won the Super Bowl, I believe, in his second year in the league, and I'm not sure if that's ever been done before. If it has, it's been very rare."
Suggs was asked to elaborate on what he meant by Brady's "questionable" championships.
"Oh, you know, you've got the Tuck Rule incident, and then you've got the videotaping of the other team's practices," Suggs said. "It's just like, OK, what's going on here? You know?"
The Patriots infamously benefited from the Tuck Rule against the Oakland Raiders in the 2001 postseason. A Brady fumble was changed to an incomplete pass in the final two minutes, eventually allowing the Patriots to kick a field goal that forced overtime. Adam Vinatieri kicked another one in sudden death.
Mike Pereira, the NFL's former director of officiating, recently wrote in a Fox Sports column the Tuck Rule needed to be changed. Pereira said those loose balls should be fumbles.
The Tuck Rule helped the Patriots win the first of three Super Bowls, all of which have been clouded by the Spygate controversy. The scandal cost the Patriots their 2008 first-round draft choice and a $250,000 fine. The NFL also fined Patriots head coach Bill Belichick $500,000.
"But, hey, it is what it is," Suggs said. "They won the games no matter how you did it. But, um, it's whatever."