Brendon Ayanbadejo: Patriots' offense a 'gimmick'
By Gregg Rosenthal
Around The League editor
Published: Jan. 13, 2013 at 09:40 p.m.
Updated: Jan. 13, 2013 at 10:22 p.m
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo didn't even wait for the end of the New England Patriots' win on Sunday over the Houston Texans to initiate a little AFC Championship Game back-and-forth.
Watching the game at home, the noted special teamer and gay rights defender took issue with Tom Brady's ability to snap the ball before opponents were ready.
"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 said. "Their offense is good enough to be successful with out that. ...
"You know the same organization that did spygate and cut a guy the day b4 the Super Bowl."
That's dropping the hammer when it comes to trash talking the Patriots. At that point, it seems Ayanbadejo's timeline started filling up with angry Patriots fans. His response:
"18-1," he wrote.
And then: "In a sport that is predicated on mano y mano, 'lets hurry up n snap it ' = bitchassness," he wrote.
It's safe to say these comments will get some play during the week. Let's get our thoughts out of the way:
1. It's surprising that such a media-savvy player like Ayanbadejo doesn't realize that Twitter is essentially a press conference for players. He probably wouldn't play these things with a microphone in front of him.
2. His argument is odd. It essentially says that all no huddle offenses are cheap. In a sport where every team is trying to gain the slightest advantage, quick snapping the ball seems pretty tame.
3. That brings us to Spygate. It seems ridiculous to bring up the controversy in this context, but it's actually not that crazy. The Patriots are an organization that seeks out minor advantages in a million different creative ways. Their Oregon-influenced offense is an example. Spygate was another example; it just crossed a serious line.
New England's hurry-up approach comes from an organizational mindset that is not afraid to be different or push the envelope. That's part of the reason Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are headed to their seventh AFC title game in 12 years.
-- Really, Brendon? It sounds like you're just throwing out a preemptive excuse as to why Brady is going to make you look like a child next Sunday. He's a complete clown and I hope Brady targets him all game because of these comments. Oh, wait a second, he's a special teamer and won't get on the field because he's absolute trash. Is he trying to have an excuse that the Ravens can fall back on when Brady shreds them a new asshole on Sunday? I don't understand this ideology. The hurry up offense is 'cheap', but Flacco asked to use it all year? Does this guy hear himself speak?
Go Pats - fuck you Baltimore.