Outspoken Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs fired yet another shot at the rival New England Patriots yesterday, stating that he “guarantees the other 31 NFL teams hate the New England Patriots”. The trash-talking Suggs takes offense to how he explains “the Patriots don’t respect anybody”.
Suggs has been at a war of words with the Patriots organization for a while, recently screaming at the Patriots players as they entered the locker room following the AFC Championship game, shouting ,”Have fun in the Pro Bowl”.
Hearing Suggs criticize the Patriots is nothing new, but the content of what he said this time is actually interesting. Suggs asserted that the Patriots are the most hated team in the NFL. It is almost impossible to prove exactly who the most hated team in the league is so debating it makes little sense. But being mentioned as one of the most detested teams in the league is truly an honor because it shows how successful the franchise has been to receive abhorrence from other teams.
The New England Patriots have dominated since Tom Brady took over for Drew Bledsoe in 2001. The Patriots have reached the postseason 10 times in the past 12 years, winning the AFC East crown in each of those seasons. The Patriots reached seven conference championships, winning all but two, advancing to five Super Bowls. The Patriots won three out of the five Super Bowls they have played in the past 12 years, including winning three titles in four years from 2001 to 2004 to build the leagues’ most recent dynasty. Add in the 2007 16-0 regular season and it is easy to why teams have grown jealous of the Patriots accomplishments.
The reason the Patriots are not a well-liked team is quite obvious as teams are tired of seeing the Patriots win. Sure, one could argue the Patriots have not thrived to the fullest since 2004 and have not been that amazing if they are nine years removed from their last title. But realistically that argument is nonsense because any NFL franchise would love to win seven division titles, have an undefeated regular season, reach four conference championships and play in two Super Bowls, which is what the Patriots have achieved since winning the Super Bowl 2004.
As long as the Patriots are vastly unliked, it means the franchise is likely continuing its ways. There’s a reason unsuccessful franchises such as the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills are not hated. Who could hate teams that have endured so many losing seasons recently?
By calling the Patriots the most hated team in the league, Terrell Suggs indirectly gave the New England Patriots the utmost compliment, something the linebacker may soon come to regret.