First, there is Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and the possibility of him playing the last game of his career. Another is that this will be a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship. Also, there is the potential chance of the Patriots making it to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year. Furthermore, the aggravation of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s forearm injury has made this game a bit more interesting.
However, just when you thought that this game couldn’t get any more attention, in comes the drama. During the divisional playoff game between the Patriots and the Houston Texans, Ravens linebacker and special teams standout Brendon Ayanbadejo felt the need to express his feelings about New England’s offense via Twitter.
“New England does some suspect stuff on offense. Can’t really respect it. Comparable to a cheap shot b4 a fight”
He later followed that tweet up with this one:
“Are you watching the game pats vs texans? If so you see the hurry snap offense catch em b4 they set up. It’s a gimmick.”
Ayanbadejo then summed up the Patriots’ offense in one word that I won’t mention in this piece. Let’s just say that he referred to their style of play on offense as less than manly.
Personally, I don’t see the problem with New England snapping the ball before the defense is set. If you ask me, if the defense isn’t ready prior to the snap, that’s their fault. Last time I checked, it was perfectly within the rules of the game for an offense to snap the ball if the defense isn’t ready.
I also feel that Ayanbadejo’s comments will only motivate Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots offense. This could only heighten the possibility of this game being Lewis’ swan song. As a leader of the Ravens, Lewis should put Ayanbadejo in his place.
If you ask me, he should have kept his mouth shut (or should have logged off of Twitter).
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