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

12.02.13 at 10:10 am ET

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.

Adam Schefter

Adam Schefter

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.

“[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. “Antonio 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.

“If the league wants to fine players for saying something, they could do that all the time,” Schefter said, adding: “I 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.

“I 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: “I 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.

“The officials basically blow the call at the end of the game, [and] change the dynamic of the Redskins’ play-calling,” Schefter said, adding: “There’s no doubt that that call by the officials changed the way they were operating on offense.”

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