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Brady, Suggs set to renew bitter rivalry
Nov 24, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) reacts after recovering a fumble during the game against the New York Jets at M&T Bank Stadium. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)
On Sunday in Baltimore, there's another Brady match-up on tap. This rivalry isn't nearly as friendly as the one with the Broncos quarterback. In fact, unlike the Brady-Manning duel, these two chaps don't particularly like each other.
Just more sound bites from his Ravens nemesis.
Asked specifically what he thought about Brady, Suggs replied: "I don't think that's appropriate for camera. I don't like him, he don't like me. I don't like his hair."
While he's not the type to throw out unfiltered, inflammatory remarks about anyone, he did say Suggs wasn't on his Christmas card list when asked on Wednesday.
Brady then provided a look that let you know "one of these years" meant a million years.With Ray Lewis retired and Ed Reed gone to the Jets, Brady and Suggs have become the major protagonists for this Patriots-Ravens rivalry. They are the tone-setters for the two teams that have met in back-to-back AFC championship games.Suggs loves to stir the pot, and doesn't mind mixing it up with Brady or the Patriots. He's not a fan of Brady or the Pats.
"There's definitely something there when it comes to Tom. But he can get in line with everyone else that doesn't like us," said Mankins, when asked about Suggs anti-Patriots stance.
Suggs throws this dislike out there, and it's not just when the two teams are about to meet. One might think since the Ravens won the Super Bowl, Suggs would tone it down. He's tried, but sometimes he just can't help himself.
Cracked Mankins: "He probably doesn't like my beard, but that's all right."
Yesterday, Suggs, who hasn't registered a sack in the past six games but had nine in the first eight games, managed to avoid bulletin board material. He was on his best behavior. He wouldn't jump in when offered any chances to snipe at Brady. Asked if Brady would have taken the kind of hit to the knee Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco did Monday night, Suggs responded simply.
Suggs also attempted to downplay having a rivalry with Brady, given he's not a quarterback.
Obviously, Brady-Suggs can't touch Brady-Manning. It's not in the same league. But the one thing Suggs can do, that Manning can't when the teams meet, is directly impact Brady's performance. As a pass rusher, he can get to Brady in a physical, tangible way.
"He's a great player. He's always been a great player. He presents a lot of problems for an offensive line, for an offense," Brady said of Suggs, who has 74 tackles this season, third best on the Ravens. "He's big, he's rangy, he's powerful. He plays the run and the pass. For a guy that size, and how athletic he is, to play the way he does is amazing."