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Steve Smith expects 'fat, lazy, sorry couch quarterbacks' to criticize Ravens after loss

Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye, right, makes an interception in front of Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith during the first half at NRG Stadium.
Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye, right, makes an interception in front of Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith during the first half at NRG Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports)

HOUSTON — Wide receiver Steve Smith anticipates plenty of criticism for the Ravens after their 23-15 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday that damaged their chances of making the playoffs.

In colorful and feisty fashion, the veteran took aim at anyone who rips the team.

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"We expect and understand and anticipate all of the negative feedback and all of the fat, lazy, sorry couch quarterbacks are going to come out," Smith said. "We expect that and understand that. We're not going to pay attention to it."

Smith, who got angry with reporters after the game in the Ravens' locker room, was easily the most visibly frustrated player after a loss in which he was limited to five receptions for 49 yards while being targeted 12 times.

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When asked how much he was concerned about the Ravens' offensive problems, Smith replied testily: "Won't you write it and then I can tell you how much [BS] it is. All right? OK?"

Smith had few words to say about a postgame jersey exchange with Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson.

"We exchanged jerseys," Smith said. "I'm not going to give you much more than that."

Smith was accountable about the Ravens' offensive struggles, which included quarterback Joe Flacco being intercepted three times, running back Justin Forsett rushing for a season-low 19 yards and gaining a season-low 211 yards of total offense.

"Bottom line is, offensively, we just got our [butt] kicked," Smith said. 'That's what happened. That's what the score looks like. That's what it looks like when you just lose. That's the consequences of losing."

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