Friday, October 19, 2007

Adalius Thomas Throws Ravens Under Bus...Ravens @ Bills = ZZZZZ

How appealing would the Ravens @ Bills game be if you had no allegiance to either team? Not much right? I mean come on, this one is just a notch above airport security checkpoints on the fun meter. Forget the beer, give me an espresso!

Apparently Dominic Bonvissuto of SI agrees. He writes, “The Bills are a lot feistier than their record indicates and the Ravens are a lot crappier than their record indicates. Long way of saying a pretty even matchup.” If you want to check in with Dom, send love letters to

He does have a point though. The Ravens aren’t very good right now but then again, neither is most of the league. Of course there are the Patriots and the Colts. They are both out there head and shoulders above the rest. Then there are the Cowboys, Steelers and the Jaguars. After that there’s really just a big collection of mediocre teams that are overrated, underachieving or waiting to gel.

Hopeful Ravens fans see their team as the latter and if they get by Buffalo, there’s a chance the Ravens could take the division lead come Monday November 5 when they visit Pittsburgh.

Could it happen? Sure. Will it happen? I doubt it. The Ravens just aren’t getting effective quarterbacking from the injured McNair and the inconsistent Boller. Boller’s struggles on the road are well chronicled and if the Bills can strike deep early with Lee Evans, it will be a slippery uphill slope for the Ravens particularly in front of what should be a hostile crowd that has a score to settle with Willis McGahee.

I don’t like the game…

For what it’s worth I don’t like this coming Monday Night game for the Colts. It has the look of an upset to me. Three words: Maurice Jones-Drew.

During the preseason Jamal Lewis had some unflattering things to say about the Ravens, particularly Brian Billick. Now Adalius Thomas has joined his former mate in throwing Billick under the bus.

"You've got to remember, I'm coming in from Baltimore," says Thomas. "People there wanted the limelight, people sought out the limelight, starting with the head coach. It was a star-studded system. Here it's about as different as you can get. Everybody here shies away from being the star guy. Nobody on this team beats his chest. They just all go about their business. And win."

That’s disappointing coming from a guy who seemed to be the quintessential Raven when he was here in Baltimore. The Ravens through their coaching, development, system and belief in the player most scouts viewed as a tweener, helped morph AD from a sixth round pick into an All-Pro multi-millionaire.

Now that he’s rich and plays for an undefeated team, I suppose he feels a sense of entitlement and can justly make such public accusations. It just doesn’t seem like the AD that we knew and loved when he wore purple.

Hey and for the record here’s the comparison so far in ’07 between AD and his successor Jarret Johnson:

AD: 29 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 TD, 0 forced fumbles, 5 passes defended
JJ: 24 tackles, 2 sacks, 0 INT, 0 TD, 2 forced fumbles, 1 pass defended

Doesn’t seem to be $20 million plus of difference there to me.

What do you think?


Eric Buckner said...

I feel differently than you about this week's game and what the future holds for the 2007 Ravens. The Ravens are a superior team to the Bills, and this week's game doesn't scare me one bit. It's all about taking care of business on the road. It's also an opportunity for Kyle Boller to prove his worth against a weak secondary. I am very confident that the team will get it done.

I also believe that at 5-2, the team will get its walking wounded healthy over the bye and finish no worse than the 5-4 they will need to finish to make the playoffs. I also believe that they will win at least one of the two games versus New England and Indianapolis.

As far as AD's comments go, who cares if the Ravens and their Coach have a "star" system? It seemed to work pretty well for Jimmy Johnson, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin a decade ago. The New England Cheaters, er Patriots seem to enjoy avoiding the limelight. I wonder why?

Anonymous said...

1.I would hardly characterize AD's comments as throwing anybody under the bus.

2. AD's comments rang true to me.

3. I find it ironic that some people have such thin skin that they take umbrage at any criticism former Ravens players make.

Harryos29 said...

Harry O 29 Oct 19th
I think that the Ravens will beat the Bills on sunday. I saw them against the Cowboys. I do not think that the Cowboys Defense is as good as the Ravens "D".
Boy, wouldn't # 3 Derek Anderson look good in Purple right now. I've said that since I saw him in Camp in 2005. They blew it big time. I'd like to KNOW the name of the player who was KEPT..while We Dangled Derek out there under Phil Savages Nose. This has Wally Pip written all over it. Congrats to Derek for making the most of his current situation.

Here is hoping that KYLE Can hit a few Deep passes ...early on Sunday to take the Crowd out of the game. Then turn WILLIS_IS_TRASH loose on the bills to show them what they are missing this year.
HarryO Sykesville

DK said...

I'm disappointed in AD's comments. There is a great deal of truth but what AD didn't mention was that he seemed to enjoy the limelight here as well. After all, wasn't he the ONLY player to have his OWN radio show his last couple of years here?

BTW - excellent point Eric Buckner on the New England Cheaters avoiding the spotlight!

Anonymous said...

When AD got here, he was a 6th round pick that no one had heard of, and he has the nerve to talk badly about the team that built him. He wasn't even in the top 7 players on our defense until 2 or 3 years ago when Rex Ryan figured out how to use him.