BOSTON (CBS) – There is no doubt that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs dislikes the Patriots.
Suggs has had plenty verbal spats with the Pats in the past, mostly questioning the accolades of quarterback Tom Brady. Heck, he even said he voted for Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Pro Bowl over Brady in 2007, when Brady was shredding nearly every NFL passing record.
So after his team sent New England packing on Sunday with a 28-13 win in the AFC Championship game in Foxboro, one would expect Suggs to be pretty fired up at the notion of sending his arch-nemesis home.
But Suggs didn’t stop at Brady on Sunday night. He had plenty to say about the Patriots, and once again, it wasn’t all that complimentary.
“These are the most arrogant [expletive deleted] in the world, starting with [head coach Bill] Belichick on down,” Suggs spouted after the game, according to Comcast Sports Net New England.
“Tell them to have fun at the Pro Bowl. Arrogant [another expletive deleted],” Suggs said as he made his way down the Gillette Stadium tunnel.
But wait, he wasn’t done. There was one last jab he had to take.
“That’s funny, ever since Spygate they haven’t been able to win,” he noted.
When his emotions calmed down a bit, Suggs did give the Patriots some credit.
“They have the right to be [arrogant],” he said in the Ravens locker room. “You have three titles and six appearances with 12 (Brady) under center, they have the right to be.”
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“We respect them. Even enemies can show respect,” he said.
Not many Patriots had much — if anything — to say of Suggs not-so-kind words following the loss, but 11-year veteran Deion Branch took a very subtle, but obvious, jab.
“Champions carry themselves a little different. If you talk to Ray [Lewis] it might be a little different. If you talk to some other guys, they are champions,” said Branch. “That’s not how a true champion talks, regardless of whether you win or lose.”
The Patriots aren’t exactly saints when it comes to tossing out a bit of trash talk. New England drew the ire of the San Diego Chargers back in 2006 for intimidating their “lights out” dance after an AFC Divisional Round win in San Diego, which led to Ladainian Tomlinson saying the Pats had “no class, and maybe that comes from their head coach.”
Thanks to their success over the last 12 years, the Patriots will always have a target on their back. And the bottom line is, when you win, you can talk.
The Ravens won, and Suggs talked.
Though come to think of it, losing never stopped him from talking all that much.