WEEI – Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs joined The Big Show Wednesday, discussing his frustration with the Patriots and explaining why he called them “the most arrogant pricks in the world” after defeating New England in the AFC Championship. “Do I apologize for what I said? No. Do I mean what I said? Yeah,” Suggs said. “Could I have worded it a little better? Probably, but the fact of the matter is you can’t really consider it a rivalry because you have a few more championships than we do, but this has been steaming for a while.” … “There was the whole invention of the Brady rule,” he said. “Years before, I hit Drew Brees and I accidentally tore his knee up. No rule was made. Of all the quarterbacks in the NFL who got their knees blown out when they got hit — Carson Palmer got his knee blown out — but then one guy got hit and changed the whole rule for the NFL?” Suggs said that he doesn’t feel the Patriots “respect anybody,” and that he “guarantees the other 31 teams hate the New England Patriots.” He also added that players who have played in New England share stories of what’s wrong with the organization, though he wouldn’t specify. “The NFL is not very big,” he said. “You think we don’t talk to guys that have played for the New England Patriots, that have been on the New England Patriots that have been like, ‘Oh, it’s been like this.’ It ain’t just me. Why did Bart Scott say the same thing? You think it’s just us? You think it’s just got something to do with us? No. This is because we have inside information. We know.”
This might come as a surprise, but I don’t have a problem with any of this. I mean, Suggs said it himself: Everyone hates the Patriots because they have more championships than they do. Have a good season and you’ll make some enemies. Put together a good 4-5 year stretch and a few teams will hate you. Be in Year 13 of an unprecedented run of dominance when you’re banging on the Super Bowl’s door every year in a league set up to prevent just that kind of sustained excellence and everyone will hate you. They hate us because they want to be us.
And it doesn’t bother me he’s cheesed off about the “Brady Rule” (Suggs’ term, not mine). He can bitch about it all he wants but Brady didn’t write the goddamned thing. He’s not sitting in the Rules Committee meetings the way Bill NaPolian was when he outlawed pass coverage. The NFL made a decision they wanted quarterbacks protected. Brady, Brees, Palmer, Flacco… all of them. Because when the Pats open the season in Baltimore this year, the world isn’t going to be sitting there wishing it was Ryan Mallett and Tyrod Taylor under center. The last football league that didn’t care about protecting QBs was the XFL, and how’s their business model looking right now? How in Suggs’ feeble brain that reflects on the Pats and somehow makes them “arrogant” is something I couldn’t care less about.
And as far as this business of former Pats players ripping the team, who is Suggs kidding? Are we supposed to believe he’s talking about Harrison, Bruschi, Brown, Vrabel? The real winners? Of course not. He’s talking about one guy. Let’s name names: Adalius Thomas. Suggs former Ravens teammate and the biggest underachieving overpaid malcontent of the Bradichick Dynasty. He had sand in his vagina almost from the moment he hit Foxboro. He never got over being a healthy scratch (in a game the Pats won 59-0 without him). He never stopped bitching about getting sent home for being late (to a meeting Brady was on time for even though Gisele had a baby the day before). And a Pats beat writer told me personally Thomas was that guy in your office who does nothing but piss & moan about everything and brings everyone else down. That’s the guy Terrell Suggs is using as a source for inside info on how horrible the Patriots are. So why would I be bothered by this? There’s an old hack comic line where you shut a heckler up by saying “If you thought I was funny I’d quit the business.” Well if T-Sizzle, Bart Scott and Adalius Thomas liked my football team, I’d blow my fucking brains out.
Editors Note: This article was written by Weymouth’s own Gerald Thornton