Could Tonya Harding help the Ravens?

harding.jpg

An unlikely name was brought up during Thursday’s press conference with Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees.

Tonya Harding – yes, the former United States Olympic figure skater who was most famously known for her work off the ice (conspiring in a plot to attack teammate Nancy Kerrigan’s knee with a tire iron.)

Didn’t think you’d hear that name this decade, huh?

Pees is extremely familiar with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Having coached linebackers and winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots as their defensive coordinator, Pees saw Brady on an everyday basis during the season.

When Pees was asked if there was any secret to making Brady’s life more difficult during Sunday’s AFC Championship game, he replied, “Hire Tonya Harding,” as he and reporters laughed.

Of course, Pees would never wish to inflict Harding-esque harm on Brady, but he was full of jokes while trying to come up with ways to neutralize New England’s biggest threat.

“If [the Patriots] were getting off the bus, I’d spray water outside the bus and hope it freezes,” Pees joked.

Pees’ jokes show the level of respect for the type of player that Brady is.

“He’s as competitive of a person as I’ve ever been around,” he said. “He can give you this little boyish look on TV, but he is a very, very, very, competitive guy. He didn’t even like losing in practice.”

“He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback,” Pees said.

Given the stakes during Sunday’s game, Pees’ jokes help show that he and his defense are comfortable with the challenge the Patriots offense will provide on Sunday.

All week throughout the facility, the players have seemed calm and focused and Pees is showing that from a coaching standpoint by turning a simple question into a minor joke session with the local media.

If Brady does fall victim to a freak accident, Pees will certainly be questioned but it’s clear this was all in good fun. Pees also doesn’t need to call Harding as he already deals with someone who has dealt blow after blow to the Patriots superstars, including Brady.

That person is safety Bernard Pollard and players and fans in New England are all too familiar with the type of damage he can inflict on a football field.

This entry was posted in Blog View by Kris Jones. Bookmark the permalink.

About Kris Jones

Kris Jones
Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 
evden eve nakliyat şirketleri ofis taşımacılığı evden eve nakliye istanbul evden eve nakliyat Şehirlerarası Evden Eve Nakliyat İstanbul Nakliyat Firmaları

Hot off the street

Defense Deceives & Ngata Impresses

One of the big criticisms of Dean Pees has been the lack of creativity and deception from the blitzes he orchestrates. In particular, the timing of the blitzing defenders has been an issue. In the pas...read more

Few Bright Spots on Bad Day for Offense

Just one day removed from stealing the show on the first day of training camp, Joe Flacco and the entire Ravens offense struggled during day two. Quarterback hurries, forced throws and dropped ball...read more

Defensive Redemption on Day 2 of Practice

The Baltimore Ravens kicked off their second full team practice of training camp on Friday morning under sunny skies. After a rough morning yesterday during practice, the Ravens defensive side of t...read more

Ravens Sign Safety Will Hill

After their secondary depth took a hit yesterday, when cornerback Aaron Ross tore his Achilles tendon taking the conditioning test, the Ravens have added another former New York Giant free agent. P...read more

RAVENS LINKS: Important Preseason Dates

VIDEO: Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh on running back Ray Rice: 'I stand behind Ray' (0:33) Yahoo Sports put out this short 33 second video of John Harbaugh's reaction to Ray Rice's susp...read more

View More