Jeremy Lane didn't do himself or the Seahawks a ton of favors today.
While I was across the locker room conducting another interview before practice today at team headquarters in Renton, Seattle's fifth, "nickel" defense back on passing downs had this to say to Terry Blount of ESPN, Curtis Crabtree of Seattle's KJR radio and others about New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, who with Houston defensive end J.J. Watt were this season's only unanimous All-Pros:
“Yeah, I actually don’t think he’s that good," Lane said of the 6-foot-6, 255-pound key to the Feb. 1 Super Bowl.
“Really?” some of the reporters replied.
“Yeah," Lane said. "He’s OK. But, you know, he do have a big body, and from what I’ve seen on tape, you know, he don’t like your hands being put on him. So, you know, we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won’t catch that many balls as he should.”
Asked if it was important to be physical with Gronkowski coming off the line of scrimmage, Lane -- who will often be in the middle of the fields where Gronkowski will start many plays -- said: “That’s always our key every week, put our hands on the receivers."
At least for Lane and the Seahawks he didn't say this next week, amid the international media crush that will blow up everything Super Bowl. Doubting Lane will repeat these statements there in Arizona.