It was only a matter of time before someone on the Ravens responded to the latest round of bravado from the Jets. Enter Ray Lewis.
“I’m going to be very careful with this, we’re talking about the Jets like we’re talking about the Saints,” Lewis said. “That’s the Super Bowl champs. Until they play tonight, that’s the only people that can be dethroned. Drew Brees and the Saints, not Mark Sanchez and the Jets. All of this ‘We’re the Miami Heat of football.’ If you’re the Miami Heat, we got to be the Lakers and multiple rings.”
That “Miami Heat of football” reference was courtesy of Jets CB Antonio Cromartie.
Lewis, who appears to be in mid-season form, had more to say, namely that it all should be decided on the field.
“The game ain’t played through tongues,” said Lewis, per the Ravens’ official site. “The game is played when you buckle up your chin straps. All this pressure he (Rex Ryan) wants to put on his team, I hope they can cash the check that he’s writing. … It’s what you love, but at a certain point you get tired of everybody talking about stuff. You can talk about whatever, but the bottom line is there ain’t no man over there that’s just going to flat-out whup me, so I’m good.”
While Lewis simmers as he waits for Monday night’s matchup against the Jets, Ravens coach John Harbaugh — who has a history with Rex Ryan — told reporters during a conference call Thursday that he doesn’t mind all the talk.
“I appreciate it,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve always enjoyed Rex’s style. I’ve always respected it. Way back when we were both at the University of Cincinnati, he brought that personality that he brings to the table and got those guys playing at an incredible level. You try to learn as much as you can from everybody around. I’ve learned a lot from how he does things and (I) just appreciate him.”
Consider that fair and balanced coverage. And, if you’re looking for Harbaugh, he’ll be on the high road.