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Ngata: I love hitting Brady...he always complains

Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:30 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2011 11:38 pm
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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Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 7:57 pm

Ngata: I love hitting Brady...he always complains

     @bronson- I like the fact that the Pats don't take the Ravens seriously.  Maybe if they did, they wouldn't have gotten their asses handed to them in the playoffs a couple of years back.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:03 pm

Ngata: I love hitting Brady...he always complains

I can't think of one QB that likes to go up against the Ravens, much less any that smack talk the week before the game.

Mark Sanchez had enough of the Ravens after one quarter last week and I am CERTAIN he was feeling the effects of that game for the remainder of this week. He looked like he was going to cry a couple of times. A couple of those hits HAD to hurt BAD.

For past trash talkers:

Mr. 9/11 didn't happen conspiracy theory Mendenhall (RB Pitt) shot his mouth off in his rookie year about how Ray Lewis and Ravens weren't anything special and he looked forward to running all over them on Sunday that week.


The following week he is on IR for the year with a broken shoulder after one legal collision with Ray Lewis.
Also Haloti Ngata is NOT a man I would want to screw with if I were the other teams QB.

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:07 pm

Ngata: I love hitting Brady...he always complains

you better care this year, no one in the afc is more dangerous than the ravens this year, they will have NE's number come the playoffs.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:01 am

Ngata: I love hitting Brady...he always complains

Ravens are right on all counts except to call their three SB wins questionable. Wins are wins and they have them. That's just sour grapes. Those were great games.

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