|Despite Terrell Suggs not saying his name, Tom Brady continues to praise Ravens LB||12.08.16 at 1:30 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The one-sided feud between Tom Brady and Terrell Suggs has continued this week.
On Wednesday, Suggs spoke to reporters in Baltimore and once again wouldn’t say Brady’s name.
On Thursday, Brady was asked about Suggs’ play this season and Brady praised the linebacker who is in his 14th season in the league.
“I think it’s – every year he’s had pretty major injuries, and then he comes back and he looks like he didn’t miss a beat,” Brady said. “It’s his 14th year. He’s been a great player for as long as he’s been in the league, and I think he just does a lot of things very well. He’s got all the rush moves, he actually drops into coverage, he bats down balls, he butches the tight ends coming off the line of scrimmage, he’s really a playmaker for their team, and it’s not just sacking the quarterback like probably most defensive ends. I think he makes plays in a lot of ways. I’ve seen him intercept slip screens, jumping up and picking [Ben] Roethlisberger off, going the other way.
“I think he has great instincts. I mean, he definitely plays with his instincts, so if he feels like the ball is going to go inside, he rips inside to try to take it away even though that’s not really his assignment, and I think 99 percent of the time, the ball goes inside. I think he just has great instincts for what he’s doing and you can’t ever really count on the same thing from him. I think you have to kind of play him straight up and see what he’s going to do because I think he makes a lot of really good decisions out there and he makes a lot of plays.”
Suggs of course has been on the record bashing Brady multiple times over the years. He’s called Brady a cry-baby and then in the summer of 2015 said Deflategate tarnished what he’s accomplished in his career.
Brady is 5-1 against the Ravens during the regular season, but 2-2 in the postseason.
|Ravens LB Terrell Suggs still refuses to say Tom Brady’s name||12.07.16 at 5:22 pm ET|
Tom Brady and Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs have had bit of a rivalry over the years, although it’s been relatively tame of late.
Most recently, Suggs refuses to say Brady’s name during interviews.
This continued on Wednesday when Suggs met with Baltimore reporters.
“That’s pretty good,” Suggs said when told Brady became the winningest quarterback in NFL history on Sunday. “That’s pretty good. Like I said, wins are wins. Numbers are numbers and numbers don’t lie, so it’s pretty good.”
A reporter followed up by asking, “Is it safe to say you don’t want to talk about Tom Brady?”
“I’m like Marshawn Lynch, I know why I’m here,” Suggs said. “This is a big game this week, we get to play on Monday night. We’re playing a good team, they’re ahead of their division, we’re ahead of ours.”
Earlier in the week appearing on Westwood One’s pregame show for Monday Night Football, Brady said Suggs was playing the best he’s ever seen, even though he’s in his 14th year in the league.
Back in 2013, Suggs ripped Brady, saying the two don’t like eachother.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for camera,” Suggs said. “I don’t like him. He don’t like me. I don’t like his hair. I don’t know. I don’t like his smug attitude. But then again he probably doesn’t like my a—— attitude. … Everybody just seems to worship the guy, not me though.”
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|5 things to know about Ravens: Stout run defense helping carry Baltimore down stretch drive||12.06.16 at 7:50 pm ET|
Five things you have to know about Ravens (7-5), who will travel to meet the Patriots (10-2) in a key AFC clash Monday night in Foxboro.
They’re OK at throwing the ball. Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco (321-for-497, 65 percent, 3,258 yards, 15 TDs, 11 INTs) leads a better-than-average passing attack that is currently 12th in the league (258 yards per game). Flacco does a nice job spreading things around in the passing game — six different offensive skill position players have 20 catches or more on the season, led by tight end Dennis Pitta (61 catches, 87 targets, 529 yards, 2 TDs), wide receiver Mike Wallace (57 catches, 92 targets, 851 yards, 4 TDs) and the ageless Steve Smith (54 catches, 76 targets, 589 yards, 3 TDs). The depth of the Baltimore passing game will be a good test for a New England secondary that has been tweaked a bit over the last few months.
They will occasionally have issues when it comes to pass defense. The Ravens are seventh in the league in passing yards allowed, having yielded an average of 222.3 yards per game. (Kirk Cousins, Eli Manning, Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton all had 250 or more passing yards against Baltimore.) The defense is pretty good when it comes to takeaways, as the Ravens have 14 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries. (The 22 takeaways are tied for fourth in the league.) Safety Eric Weddle and linebacker C.J. Mosley are tied for the team lead with three interceptions each, while Terrell Suggs is tops on the team with eight sacks. One more note: former New England defensive coordinator Dean Pees has been Baltimore’s DC since 2012. In four career games vs. Pees’ Baltimore defenses, quarterback Tom Brady is 2-2, and has gone 104-for-171 (61 percent) for 1,194 yards, with five touchdowns and three interceptions. Not bad, but not great either. With Baltimore’s run defense so stout and Rob Gronkowski on the shelf, Monday will be a sizable challenge for Brady and the Patriots’ passing game.
They’re really good at stopping the run. From a statistical standpoint, this is the best run defense the Patriots will face all season. The Ravens allow a paltry 73.8 rushing yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry, both of which are the best total in the league. In nine of the 12 games they’ve played, they’ve held opponents to 65 yards or less on the ground. Only two backs (Matt Forte and Isaiah Crowell) have hit the 100-yard mark all year against them. Bottom line? Don’t look for the Patriots to run the ball a lot on Monday.
As good as they are at stopping the run, they struggle to run the ball as a team. If there’s a weakness to the Ravens, it’s probably their lack of a ground game. Baltimore averages 89.7 rushing yards per game, 28th in the league, while the 3.7 yards per carry is good for 26th overall. Terrance West (163 carries, 650 yards, 5 TDs) is the closest thing they have to a lead back, while Kenneth Dixon (46 carries, 206 yards, 18 catches, 100 yards) is their answer as a third-down/change-up guy. While the Ravens occasionally been able to get the running game cranked up — they had 130 yards in an October loss to the Raiders — they’re pretty much a one-dimensional offense.
Kicker Justin Tucker is one of the best in the league. Tucker is the only regular kicker in the league who has been perfect when it comes to field goal attempts this season; the Texas product is 28-for-28 from the field (including 8-for-8 from 50-plus) and 20-for-20 on extra points. Punter Sam Koch is pretty good as well, as his 46 yards per punt average is 12th in the league and his 39.4 net is 21st. The Ravens have used a few different returners, but right now, veteran Devin Hester appears to be getting the majority of reps at both spots. Hester gas 24 punt returns for an average of 7 yards per chance and 17 kick returns for an average of 25.1 yards per opportunity. Good numbers, but nowhere near as impactful as he was earlier in his career. They do not have a return for touchdown, but yielded a punt return for a touchdown earlier in the season.
|Terrell Suggs on Tom Brady, Deflategate: ‘Last coach that got caught cheating got suspended for a whole year’||05.28.15 at 6:19 pm ET|
Terrell Suggs has never been shy about expressing his opinion on the Patriots and Tom Brady. And while he didn’t come out with guns blazing Wednesday night when he was asked about Deflattegate, he hinted that the four-game suspension for the quarterback was a little light.
“I don’t know — that’s not my job,” he told TMZ Sports when he was asked if New England got what it deserved. “I’m glad I don’t got it.”
Suggs then quickly offered an addendum, comparing the Patriots situation to Bountygate, which got Saints coach Sean Payton suspended for a full season.
“The last coach that got caught cheating got suspended for a whole year. So …”
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|Terrell Suggs: ‘We definitely got to [Tom Brady] a little bit more than he would’ve liked’||01.10.15 at 9:35 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Although at times the Ravens made Patriots quarterback Tom Brady uncomfortable — especially in the first half, delivering some big shots — Brady and the Patriots ultimately got the last laugh, coming from 14-0 down to comeback and beat the Ravens 35-31, to now host the AFC championship game next Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Terrell Suggs and Brady have had a history in the past, and although the Ravens’ linebacker still refuses to call Brady by his name, including after Saturday’s game, he did say he’s a “pretty good quarterback.”
“We definitely got to him a little bit more than he would’ve liked,” said Suggs. “He’s a pretty good quarterback. He stood in there and he made the plays he needed them to make. They won the game. You learn more in failing than you do in success, so right now we’re already processing how we can get better. I won’t feel like this next year.”
Baltimore sacked Brady twice, and hit him nine times in the game. Suggs finished with two tackles and half a sack.
With the Patriots trailing 31-28 in the fourth quarter, Brady orchestrated a 10-play, 74-yard drive, finishing with a Brandon LaFell 23-yard touchdown catch, which proved to be the game-winning touchdown. The game was also the biggest postseason comeback win in Patriots franchise history.
“They made one more play than us,” said Suggs. “You have to take your hat off to the New England Patriots. They won a tough game on their home field. We came up here to win the game, there was no hesitation on our part. We came up here to win the game.”
|Terrell Suggs on Tom Brady complimenting him: ‘Say what?’||01.06.15 at 9:11 pm ET|
During Suggs’ meeting with the media in Baltimore, the first question was if he would say the name of the Patriots’ quarterback — Suggs wouldn’t.
“He’s the quarterback for the New England Patriots,” Suggs said to reporters.
Brady had nothing but positive things to say about Suggs on Tuesday when he was asked about the 12-year veteran — even calling him a “phenomenal player.”
“Say what?,” Suggs said when being told of the comments. “Did they record him? Like, they had a camera? I would love to see his face. But whatever, it is what it is now.”
In five regular-season games against the Patriots, Suggs is 0-5, but has sacked Brady five times. In the playoffs, Suggs is 2-1 and has sacked Brady once. In the three playoff games, he’s recorded two tackles in every game.
“It’s the same that all defensive players have with quarterbacks,” Suggs said of his interaction with Brady. “He’s a quarterback, I’m a defender. He has a job to do, and so do I. Naturally, there are going to be some disagreements there.”
The Patriots and Ravens are no strangers to each other in the postseason, as they have met in four of the last six postseasons, with the Ravens winning two of the last three — with all three games being played at Gillette Stadium. Under Bill Belichick, the Patriots are 12-3 at home, but two of those three losses have come against the Ravens.
|Tom Brady has nothing but love for Terrell Suggs: ‘He’s phenomenal [and] always right’||at 8:51 pm ET|
At least, that’s what the Patriots quarterback would have you believe listening to him talk about the challenge of facing a defense that is hoping to pressure Brady off the spot Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
For the last four years, ever since voting for Ryan Fitzpatrick over Tom Brady (36 TDs, 4 INTs) for the Pro Bowl in 2010, Suggs has had a feud with Brady, mostly fueled by the Ravens linebacker. On Saturday night, after the Ravens beat the Steelers to set up another rematch with Brady, Suggs poured more gas on the fire.
“We all know the matchup the NFL wants to see. Something for the TV. Something for the sponsors,” Suggs told NFL.com, referencing of course a potential Brady-Peyton Manning AFC Championship game. “But we have faith in ourselves and Ravens Nation, and we’ll see if we can disrupt some people’s plans.”
Suggs famously said of his 2010 omission of Brady: “He [Brady] probably didn’t vote for me either.”
There was no joking, only vitriol, after the Ravens beat the Patriots in Jan. 2013 in the AFC Championship at Gillette Stadium.
“Those are the most arrogant p—ks in the world, starting with coach Belichick on down,” said Suggs. “That’s funny, ever since Spy Gate they haven’t been able to win.
Whether it’s Spy Gate or the “Tuck Rule,” Suggs has always called into question the legitimacy of Brady’s three Super Bowl rings, terming them “questionable.”
Two years ago, following the Ravens’ win over San Francisco in the Super Bowl, Suggs told ESPN that he didn’t think the Patriots “respected anybody,” adding, “the other 31 teams hate the New England Patriots.”
With all of that as a backdrop, Brady tried to kill the 32-year-old Ravens bodacious linebacker with kindness.
“He’s phenomenal,” Brady said. “He’s [in his] 12th year; it looks like it’s his third year out there. He’s the leader of that defense, he makes great plays. I think there’s the play that’s called, and then what he actually does. So even though he has a certain responsibility, if he sniffs it out he takes a shot and goes for it. He may have contain, but he may rip inside and try to make a play in the backfield. He’s just a smart player. We’ve played against him a bunch of times; he takes away a lot of stuff. I have a lot of respect for his ability to play the game at a high level; he’s phenomenal.”
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