"Hire Tonya Harding," Pees said. "If they were getting off the bus, I'd spray outside the bus and hope it freezes."
Pees obviously was joking, though the Ravens understand that their best chance to win Sunday's
"You get after him, you hit him, you make him uncomfortable, he becomes like the rest of the quarterbacks, just another quarterback," Ravens reserve linebacker
Brady is 5-2 against the Ravens in his career, but the quarterback's numbers in the matchups are pedestrian by his high standards. In the five regular season games, he has completed 58.9 percent of his passes, averaged 262.8 yards passing per game, thrown five touchdowns and three interceptions while being sacked 12 times.
In the two playoff matchups, Brady has completed 57.6 percent of his passes, averaged 196.5 yards passing per game, thrown two touchdowns to five interceptions and been sacked four times. The Ravens, of course, expect him to be at his best Sunday.
"He's as competitive a person as I've ever been around," Pees said. "He can give you this little boyish look on TV, but he is a very, very competitive guy. He doesn't even like losing in practice. The more we rode him on defense — because I had a couple trash talkers — the harder he played. He's going to play well, you expect him to play well. We've got to do the best job we can fundamentally to disrupt him and do some things to him, but I have a lot of respect for him. He's a Hall of Fame quarterback."
The Ravens gave the
"You're talking about arguably the top two or three greatest quarterbacks of all-time. So when you go from Peyton Manning to Tom Brady, you're going from 1A to 1A," Ravens linebacker
A day after practicing on a limited basis and vowing that he'll play Sunday, rookie running back Bernard Pierce did not practice at all Thursday. Pierce has been dealing with a knee injury.
"I feel a lot better," said Allen, adding that it wasn't his first concussion. "It wasn't that bad. It's just various tests you have to go through. It happened covering a kickoff. It's all good now."
With tight end
Ayanbadejo reiterates apology
Ayanbadejo said Thursday that apologizing for his
"The Ravens organization is not about any one person or one player. We're about the organization and all the great things we've accomplished on and off the field," Ayanbadejo said. "It was something that kind of came off in a negative light, so I made an apology to my teammates and an organization for representing us in a selfish manner."
Ayanbadejo acknowledged that he knew Ravens coach
"It became something bigger than it really was," he said. "I go on Twitter quite often and engage in usually positive things and talk about things that people don't want to talk about, whether we're talking about gun control or same-sex marriage or things like that. When it comes to football, I'm not a fan, so I can't tweet like I'm a fan. This time, it bit me in the butt. I just made it right, and now we're moving on to the AFC championship game and hopefully New Orleans as well."
The Patriots' pass defense has been improving lately, and one of the reasons can be traced to the presence of cornerback Aqib Talib, who was acquired in a trade from the
Talib's personal numbers aren't eye-opening (just one interception and two pass breakups in the team's last eight games), but the defense's statistics have been much better. After surrendering an average of 285.3 yards, a 66.1 completion percentage and 19 touchdowns in the first nine games, the Patriots have trimmed those numbers to a 253.4 average, a 57.3 percentage and 10 scores.
"One of the things you can see immediately is, he's a very, very skilled and talented performer," Ravens offensive coordinator
Caldwell did note that Talib is an aggressive defender, calling him "a riverboat gambler" who will "take a chance here or there." But Caldwell said that wouldn't influence him or quarterback
"We go into every ballgame kind of looking at the things we do best," Caldwell said. "That's the thing we're concerned with probably more so than anything else. There are a lot of good players out there, a lot of guys that will challenge you, and he's one of those guys. But he's not the only one on that team. They have a formidable front, an outstanding linebacking corps, and even the rest of the secondary are good, quality men. So we've got a lot of folks to deal with."