|First Terrell Suggs and now Haloti Ngata weighs in on Tom Brady. (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
It's a shame the Ravens and Patriots don't meet in the 2011 regular season because the teams have developed something of a rivalry -- and it's as much about the score as the trash-talking. The latest entry comes courtesy of Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
In an interview with Dan Patrick that will appear in Sports Illustrated, Ngata was asked to name a quarterback he likes to hit.
"I love hitting Tom Brady because he always complains. He thinks he should never be touched," he said. Patrick then asked if the officials listen to Brady and throw the flag. "No," said Ngata. "My hits are usually clean."
(In related news: we talked to Ravens running back Ray Rice Wednesday and asked him about Ngata. "You know what? I got a rule with Haloti: Do not touch me in practice. I gotta play on Sundays. Do not touch me in practice. We are friends, alright?" We'll have the full interview on the site Thursday.)
This brings us to Ngata's teammate, Terrell Suggs, who thought his hits were clean, too.
Much of the animosity between the Pats and Ravens can be traced back to Suggs, Brady, and their interpretations of what constitutes a personal foul.
Specifically, what constitutes a personal foul when Brady's the guy getting hit. After all, the NFL changed the rules on bringing down quarterbacks after then-Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard went low on Brady during Week 1 of the 2008 season and promptly blew out Brady's knee.
When the Ravens and Pats met in 2009, Suggs was on the receiving end of a questionable roughing-the-passer penalty, and after the game teammate Ray Lewis went off. (Brady's former teammate and NBC analyst Rodney Harrison agreed with Lewis.)
And then last October, Suggs and Brady were seen jawing at each other in a game the Patriots would eventually win in overtime, 23-20. Suggs later told the Boston Herald about their on-field discussion.
“He was trying to tell me how to bag a Hollywood actress. 'If you want to get a Hollywood actress, take my seminar on Saturday.’ … He was going over the Dow and the economy and politics. He doesn’t really talk football that much."
Well played, T-Sizzle. Brady, however, wasn't amused.
“Well, [Suggs] had his chance so maybe if he gets another chance he can try to back those words up,” Brady said the next day during an appearance on Boston's WEEI. “We play those guys a lot and they’ve only beat us once . . . they talk a lot for only beating us once in nine years.”
Suggs called out Brady several more times last season, and even suggesting that his three Super Bowl wins were "questionable."
Brady, for his part, seemed unconcerned.
We suspect Brady might feel differently if Ngata gets a hold of him.
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