Adam Schefter on D&C: 'Antonio Smith doesn’t realize the power of his words and the ramifications they will have'

December 02, 2013 - 5:10 am

ESPN'€™s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday to discuss the Patriots' 34-31 win over the Texans on Sunday, and other news from around the NFL. One week after rallying from a 24-0 deficit against the Broncos, New England forged its second straight comeback, as the Patriots overcome a 17-7 first-half hole. Houston defensive end Antonio Smith made headlines with his comments questioning the Pats'€™ ability to adjust in the second half. '€œ[The Texans have] lost 10 straight games, it'€™s been a really disappointing season, they have been maybe the most disappointing team in the NFL, they'€™re in contention for the No. 1 pick when many people thought they might win the division and go to the Super Bowl,'€ Schefter said. '€œAntonio Smith is as bewildered and as frustrated as anybody else. '€¦ Somebody like Antonio Smith doesn'€™t realize the power of his words and the ramifications they will have when he says something like that and they go viral on national video.'€ Schefter added that it would surprise him if the league fined Smith for his comments. '€œIf the league wants to fine players for saying something, they could do that all the time,'€ Schefter said, adding: '€œI think it'€™s a case where Antonio Smith can say whatever he wants, and they'€™re just words that kind of vanish after a while.'€ On Thanksgiving night, the Ravens beat the Steelers, 22-20, but it wasn'€™t without major controversy. Mike Tomlin faced severe scrutiny after he stepped on the field during a Jacoby Jones kickoff return and seemingly impeded Jones' progress. The NFL reportedly is considering disciplinary action against Tomlin, and ESPN reported that it'€™s possible Pittsburgh could lose a draft pick for Tomlin'€™s antics. '€œI don'€™t know that they'€™re going to a take away a draft pick, I think that would surprise me in the end. They'€™re going to discuss that,'€ Schefter said, adding: '€œI think at the very least you'€™re going to see a six-figure fine for Mike Tomlin and a six-figure fine for the Steelers organization.'€ The Giants-Redskins game on Sunday also ended controversially. One play after awarding the Redskins a first down with Washington driving with less than two minutes remaining and down seven points, the officials took away the first down and set up a fourth-and-one. Washington converted but fumbled, and the Giants secured the 24-17 win. '€œThe officials basically blow the call at the end of the game, [and] change the dynamic of the Redskins'€™ play-calling,'€ Schefter said, adding: '€œThere'€™s no doubt that that call by the officials changed the way they were operating on offense.'€ To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at