There are plenty of trash talkers in the NFL and there is no shortage of others who simply like to speak their minds. The sport has its breaks in action between plays and even between games week to week. With all this free time, it is all too easy for players and even coaches to bite their tongues during these sometimes quite lengthy periods of free time. This leads to more verbal jabs and competitive banter that now plays out on twitter and the internet as well as the more traditional field of play.
Philip Rivers might be a father of seven children and one of the nicest human beings around, but that doesn't mean he doesn't talk during games. The legendary trash talker has plenty of unwelcome advice to give to opponents, even if he keeps it all rated-G. Richard Sherman is a graduate of Stanford, but frequently reminds people he hails from Compton, simply using his mouth to show opponents he is unwilling to ever back down. Rex Ryan is one of the more popular NFL coaches, with a rapport with players that is hard for others to achieve. He does have his faults, and one of them is opening his mouth before understanding what it might mean to his job security or even his beloved team. The NFL is full of talkers, and questioning an opponent's manhood or ability to play is all just the mental part of the game.
The top 15 mouths in the league all share one thing in common that makes it easier for them to open their mouths wide. They are all rather successful players, earning them the right to speak their minds. Players respond to it, fans enjoy it, and the media eats it up. Trash talking and saying too much when it is unnecessary is all just part of the game.
15 LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy is one of the hardest running backs in the NFL to corral, with over 9,000 yards gained from the line of scrimmage and a 4.6 yard average per carry rushing the ball. He has been to three Pro Bowls and has been one of the top running backs in the league during his time with Philadelphia. He earned the nickname "Shady" as a child and it now applies to the way he runs with the ball. He also can be quite scandalous with some of the things he can say. McCoy has no problem trash talking, and has had his share of issues with the New York Giants and their fans. He doesn't back down from confrontation on the field and has no problem speaking his mind when he isn't talking down to players on the field of play.
14 Patrick Peterson
Patrick Peterson is not only one of the best cornerbacks in the league, but he is also a rival of fellow cornerback Richard Sherman with his mouth. Peterson has the size of a small linebacker and the speed of an elite wide receiver, making him one of the most complete players at his position. He has been to the Pro Bowl each of the four years he has been in the league. Peterson has 211 tackles, 15 interceptions, and 49 passes defensed, in this short amount of time. He has great numbers, a nice fat contract and plenty of opponents who want to take their shots at breaking him down. It is no wonder that Patrick Peterson is one of the better trash talkers in the league. Even his coach Bruce Arians has stated publicly that he will not mind Peterson talking, as long as he continues to be able to back it up.
13 Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall might be one of the hardest receivers in the league to bring down after a catch, but he is also one of the many NFL receivers who can also run pretty fast with an opinion. Marshall has taken plenty of jabs at opponents, and has even been known to take shots at his own teammates when he fails to get the ball in a game. Whether it is with the legendary Deion Sanders or linebacker Joey Porter, Marshall's mouth has plenty of game.
He can back it up, with five trips to the Pro Bowl and 773 catches in his 9-year NFL career. He has caught over 100 passes in five of his nine years in the league. Being one of the league's premier receivers, as well as one of the hardest at his position to bring down, it has made it easier for him to get away with moving his mouth with aplomb.
12 Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch might have issues talking to the media, but he is more than willing to talk to opponents on the field. "Beast Mode" runs hard and often runs through and over would be tacklers, which inevitably leads to some yapping prior to heading back to the huddle that only adds more salt to his opponents' wounds. Lynch has been instrumental in the Seattle Seahawks' recent run of success, with four straight seasons with over 1,200 yards of rushing.
He has scored 57 touchdowns as a Seahawk, earning four consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl for his efforts. Lynch has received lots of attention for his lack of being able to share his thoughts with the media but that does not mean he can't speak his mind when embarrassing the opposition on the field of play.
11 Tom Brady
He might not seem like he should be on this list, but Tom Brady does his share of talking on the field. He might come to a press conference pretty quiet and reserved, but Brady is full of determination and competitive fire, letting opponents know about it on the field. Brady has used this fire to lead the New England Patriots to four Super Bowl victories, in three of which he was selected the game's MVP. He has passed for 53,258 yards and 392 touchdowns, while amassing a career passer rating of 95.9.
As accurate as he is with his arm, Brady is pretty wicked with his tongue as well. He is good at letting pass rushers know when they are too late and opponents who irritate him know that the scoreboard tells their real fate. He is not loud or obnoxious, but cleverly knows how to use his mouth to make a point.
10 DeSean Jackson
There always seems to be a number of wide receivers in the NFL who happen to be as fast with their mouths as they are with their speed. It might be due to the banter from opposing cornerbacks or the attention that their own quarterbacks always receive, but wideouts like DeSean Jackson often feel a need to let the world know they are good. Jackson has quite a resume, with 412 receptions and 7,286 yards in seven seasons of play.
He has been selected to three Pro Bowls and has often been considered one of the most elusive receivers in the league with the ball in his grasp. He also has quite a mouth and attitude to match. He has even told opposing players how they have no chance catching up to him, while talking trash to them running backwards on his way to the end zone.
9 Donte Whitner
Known for his vicious hits from his safety position in the secondary, Donte "Hitner" is one of the most physical safeties in the league. While his hits so often jar receivers, his comments on twitter and in the press are as legendary as the play he produces on the field. Whitner has been to three Pro Bowls and has 775 tackles in his career that has spanned nine seasons on three different NFL teams. He might be able to cover, come up in run support, or tackle in the open field, but he really makes an impact when a receiver makes an attempt at catching a poorly thrown ball.
Whitner enjoys knocking players to the ground as much as he enjoys knocking them on twitter or in the press. He has no problem talking trash to players on the field or using his fingers to do the talking when he is off the field of play.
8 Jared Allen
Jared Allen has a big motor that keeps him going throughout every game and his mouth moves with the exact same intensity to match how he moves in a game. He has a knack for getting to the opposing quarterback, with 134 sacks up to this point in his career. Allen has been to five Pro Bowls and has led the NFL in sacks twice, while also holding the NFL record for 11 consecutive games with at least one sack.
Jared Allen has been a great pass rusher and has been known to set up his pass rushing moves with his mouth. He talks trash to gain an advantage, and makes sure opposing tackles have a good view when he breaks into his sack dance. Allen is a character on the field and can be just as boisterous in his own locker room. Given any situation, he is never at a loss for words.
7 Ndamukong Suh
Ndamukong Suh is one of the most talented players in the league, especially among those that are not asked to score. Suh was the second choice in the 2010 NFL Draft and has proven his worth with every season of play. He has been to four Pro Bowls after being the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Despite his ability to make a difference from his position on the defensive line, Suh has earned even more attention for his dirty play and running mouth. Suh has stomped on players heads, arms and even kicked his own field goals between their legs, but his nasty disposition also comes out in words. Suh has no problem speaking his mind and is perfectly willing to let opponents and referees know when he is displeased.
6 Rex Ryan
Coaches should always do their best to keep off this type of list, but Rex Ryan simply can't help himself. Ryan has always been able to put his foot in his mouth, from guaranteeing victories to frequent outbursts with players and fans that have sometimes resulted in obscene gestures and remarks. He had plenty of success with the Baltimore Ravens as a coordinator, but is known for his time spent at the helm of the New York Jets. In a city full of mass media, Ryan was even more able to move his quite large mouth. Ryan is rather spontaneous and often spends very little time trying to censor things he is about to say, but he loves his players and coaches and has the commitment and desire to motivate his team.
5 Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant might be one of more talented young players to come along in the league, but he has seemingly replaced Terrell Owens as one of the most emotional players as well. Bryant already has 381 receptions for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns in only five seasons of play. He has been to two Pro Bowls and just recently was ranked as one of the NFL's top 15 players in the league. Bryant is certainly talented, but his determination and will to win have often caused his mouth to run even faster than his legs. When Bryant's emotions get the best of him, opponents, teammates, and even coaches better beware. He only wants to win but he is happy to have a beef with anyone who dares to stand in his way.
4 Terrell Suggs
Terrell Suggs has become the leader of the Baltimore Ravens defense, and to the chagrin of most opponents, Suggs learned the gift of gab from one of the greatest ever, Ray Lewis. Suggs is very good at getting into the backfield, with 106.5 sacks to go along with 728 tackles in his 12-year career. He has been to the Pro Bowl six times and was the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Suggs has certainly left his mark on the league and has made a point of making sure people who play against him are left knowing his name. Suggs will talk to opponents, teammates, or referees. He might not be one of the league's biggest trash talkers, but he is always more than willing to let anyone involved with a game know exactly where he stands or what he needs.
3 Steve Smith
Steve Smith is not the biggest receiver in the league, only standing 5-foot-9 tall and weighing 195 pounds, but he does have a mouth that makes up for any of his lack of size. Despite his small stature, Smith has been able to snare quite a few balls. He has 915 career receptions to go along with 13,262 yards and 73 touchdowns, in his illustrious career. He is quite adept at catching passes and is equally as adept at getting under the skin of both opponents and teammates alike.
Smith will stand up to anyone who unwittingly tries to make him small, with his mouth as well as his fists. He will tell any opponent how good he is and how bad he will make the opponent look on any particular play. Smith is cocky, defiant and talented, giving him plenty of drive to be one of the best all-time receivers in the league.
2 Philip Rivers
The very likable quarterback of the San Diego Chargers is not exactly known for making big waves, but he is still full of plenty of chatter on the field. Rivers has passed for over 36,000 yards with 252 touchdowns in his career, giving him plenty of reason for people to listen intently to what he has to say. Unfortunately for many, Rivers always has something to say during and after each and every play.
Whether it is to referees, opponents or even his own teammates, he is not lacking for things to say. His enthusiasm for letting people know where he stands has drawn flags, the ire of then Bronco Jay Cutler, and even offensive linemen who miss their assignments on critical plays. He is one of the biggest talkers in the league, but rest assured that Philip Rivers is notorious for making sure his language is rated-G.
1 Richard Sherman
The Seattle Seahawks cornerback is one of the best at his position and has no problem letting others know what he thinks about his play. He has been a first team All-Pro the last three seasons, and was the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. As the Seahawks have achieved success, Sherman has gained more attention to showcase not only his talents on the field, but his exceedingly large mouth as well. Whether it is at press conferences or on the field, the Stanford graduate is never at a loss for words. His well known sideline rant with Erin Andrews and press conference with Doug Baldwin in defense of teammate Marshawn Lynch are priceless, but Sherman's mouth is just as active during games. He can talk trash with the best in the league and back it up with stellar play.