Bart Scott had some interesting comparisons for the Patriots. (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)
Bart Scott is always good for a quote or two about the Patriots.
On CBS Sports Radio with Damon Amendolara, Scott discussed Steelers coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots a-holes in Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video.
“That speaks to what he thinks about them,” Scott said. “I don’t think that is about anybody, no. He looks at the Patriots like pretty much the rest of the league looks at them like Duke. You kind of hate Duke.
“Everybody hates Duke because they think they are some arrogant you-know-what’s and they have this bravado. They are like the kids in the playground that you are cracking jokes [about]. … That is how they come off to the majority of the league as smug, arrogant and they can have a sense of quiet, but they try to be humble and you know they are not.”
Scott doesn’t think Tomlin would make that comment about any team and that it was specific to the Patriots.
“If they were facing the Ravens they wouldn’t have said that and they hate the Ravens,” he said. “It is a difference because no matter how much you hate the Ravens, you respect the way they do business because they are mirror images of each other. It is like, ‘Alright, we know what is going on.’ He would say, ‘We know what time it is, put your big boy pants on. It’s going to be physical. We’re going to need to hit them in the mouth.’ It would be something like that. It wouldn’t be a-holes.”
Scott was then asked if the Steelers respect the Patriots?
“They do, but they hate them,” he said. “It’s like fighting a dork, somebody that you hate. I am serious. I am not even trying to be funny. People are like, ‘I hate Christian Laettner.’ Yeah, he was great and talented, but he got under your skin because there was a sense of arrogance.
“Look at when the Ravens played them and they came out with, ‘Well, you guys need to know the rules. We’re smarter than everybody.’ It’s like that whole type of arrogance thing that makes you want to punch them in the face.”