Thought you were done with Joey Porter for this week?
Nope. On NFL Network’s Around the League show, Porter said that he feels like the rules in place to protect quarterbacks are extended for Tom Brady.
“No question,” Porter said, per Pro Football Talk. “When a guy can tell a ref when to throw a flag, and he gets it, he’s got his own rules. They made the rule that you don’t go at the legs for Tom, so when he feels that someone is going at his legs, he just points to the ref and he gets a flag. So I can honestly say that he gets his own rules.”
He wasn’t done, either. Porter also reiterated the comments he made during a lively conference call with the New England media on Wednesday.
“I still don’t care for New England,” Porter said. “The hate’s been there for a while, especially after all the cheating they did back in the day. … They can sweep it under the rug if they want to, but just like anybody else that’s cheating that gets caught, you put an asterisk by it. But nobody puts an asterisk by those championships they won.”
And he added this on what happened in pre-game warmups last year in Foxboro: “Kicking balls while we’re stretching, over our heads, out of the end zone that we’re stretching in — certain stuff they did that you can’t do, but they did it when we were in New England and somehow they got away with it.”
Give Porter credit for saying “I would hate me too” if he were the opposition. And allow, as Chris Gasper did here, that he’s different in a league that’s full of people who wind up all sounding the same.
But … Well, geez, he just keeps going, doesn’t he? Then again, this seems to work for him. He called out Matt Cassel last September, and registered four sacks that week. And in the 2005 playoffs, as a Steeler, Porter got into wars of words with the Colts and Seahawks, and wound up with a ring. So whatever works, I guess.
At least this much is clear: There’s probably not much room left on the Patriots’ bulletin board.