After the Ravens’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Cowboys rookie cornerback Anthony Brown took a shot at Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., saying he had lost any respect for Smith because the 16-year veteran wouldn’t stop jawing.
In a conference call Wednesday with reporters who cover the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens’ opponent Sunday, Smith said he didn’t care about Brown’s thoughts.
“I can really give a flying F,” the 37-year-old Smith said.
Brown acknowledged that he was warned by others about Smith’s penchant for verbal barbs, but he didn’t comprehend the volume of the chatter until Sunday’s game.
“I had respect for him before the game, but after the game, I have no respect for him anymore,” Brown said. “He’s a real character, and I actually saw it for myself [Sunday]. I don’t got nothing to say about Steve Smith.”
Brown joins the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey as first-year cornerbacks who tangled with Smith physically and verbally this season. Smith – who caught eight passes, including the 1,000th of his career, for 99 yards and one touchdown against the Cowboys – said the rookies are out of touch about playing in the NFL.
“Older guys, they understand the respect game. These young guys, these new millennium guys, they don’t really get it,” Smith said. “I’ve had two rookies that unfortunately, they have lost all respect for me, so it’s been really keeping me up at night. It’s tragic. I’ve been losing sleep. With all the lack of sleep, I know we lost, but I was almost unable to send my cleats and gloves all the way to Canton because of the lack of the sleep thing.”
Coach John Harbaugh told the Cincinnati reporters that he thinks the young cornerbacks do respect Smith.
“But I think they were probably a little shocked by Steve’s style, which you don’t see that much anymore,” he said. “It’s a different age probably, a different era in some ways, and Steve is probably a throwback to before even his time really.”