Friday, November 6, 2009
Porter sounds off on 'Brady rules'
ESPN.com news services
Joey Porter, never shy with an opinion, thinks that Tom Brady has an extra advantage every week: his own special set of rules.
"No question," said Porter, the Miami Dolphins' quotable linebacker, who meets Brady's New England Patriots on Sunday. "When a guy can tell a ref when to throw a flag and he gets it and stuff like that, he got his own rules. They made the whole [rule that you] don't go at the legs because of Tom. So when he feels that someone is coming at his legs, he just points at the ref and he gets a flag. So you've got to honestly say that he got his own rules."
Porter was interviewed by Rich Eisen on the NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" show.
Earlier this week, Porter said he has a "natural hate" for the Patriots, even bringing up the infamous spying charges leveled against New England from the 2007 season. The Patriots were fined $250,000 plus a No. 1 draft pick, and head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 for videotaping signals from New York Jets coaches from the sidelines.
"Never really too much cared for New England," Porter said. "Still don't care for New England. The hate's been there for a while, especially after all the cheating they did back in the day. I can honestly say I don't agree with it, but it happened, and it's over with now."
Regarding Porter's sniping, Patriots coach Bill Belichick told his players: "That is not our fight; our fight is on the field."
"We'll do what we've always done, and that's do our talking on the field," running back Kevin Faulk, the team's longest tenured player, said Friday.
It isn't the first time Porter had criticized the Patriots. In May 2008, he told ESPN's "NFL Live": "They [the Patriots] cheated, there should be an asterisk. They cheated and they got caught."
Porter spent eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before signing with Miami as a free agent prior to the 2007 season.
In a conference call with New England-based reporters earlier this week, Porter said he wouldn't engage in talking trash -- at least then.
"I'm not falling for none of those little tricks,'' Porter said. "I get mad when I want to get mad. So if that's what this conversation is going to be about, about fishing, then you guys ought to come out here to Miami. We've got some good lakes to fish here.''
Information from ESPNBoston.com writer Mike Reiss is included in this report.