Suggs: 'What beef (with Brady)?!'

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Suggs: 'What beef (with Brady)?!'

FOXBORO - Tom Brady's the kid in the front row, pen poised over his notebook ready to take down every word he needs to succeed. Terrell Suggs is the kid at the back of the room wadding up paper and throwing it off the side of Brady's square squash when the teacher's back is turned. At least those are the boxes Suggs has tried to put the two men into. On Wednesday, when the dog-and-pony show for the AFC Championship game kicked off, Suggs was asked about his ongoing beef with Brady.

"What?! No, theres no beef," he said incredulously.

He then explained (as we did earlier in the week) that it all began when Brady appeared to a get a flag-on-demand from Ron Winter in 2009. "I guess the genesis of that, it was the incident in 09, where I almost hit him below the waist. Ive gotten over it. Thats where it all started, but you grow and mature. As you all can clearly see, I am not the same guy I was back in 09. I am definitely 20 pounds lighter, too. We had a lot going on. We had a lot going on that year. Like I said, I am pretty much over it. I respect him. Like I said before, I said it Sunday, when it is all said and done, they are going to speak about three quarterbacks: Johnny Unitas, Peyton Manning and him. Theres really no beef.

That's a pretty amazing turnaround from the way Suggs has spun it in the past. But there's always been an element of jest to everything Suggs has said about Brady through the years. He seems to save his legitimate ill humor for the field.

The matchup between Brady and Suggs, who had 14 sacks this season, has been labeled "Suggs vs. UGGs" in a nod to the comfy boots Brady endorses.

"Whats that mean? He wears UGG boots?" asked Suggs."I heard they are really comfortable. Maybe he can get me some. Ill take some. Ill send him some Ball So Hard gear, Ball So Hard T-shirts.

Even during all thebouquet-tossing, Suggs kept his guard up from buying in too much. Asked if he heard Bill Belichick's praise for Ed Reed as being the best player he ever coached against, Suggs said, He has said that to us before, and then constantly threw the ball back there at him. I dont know how much that holds weight."

The success of the Ravens defense hinges greatly on how fast their pass rush can get to Brady. Can their corners and linebackers mess up the receivers' timing long enough for Suggs and Co. to get to Brady?

"You dont want anyone, particularly this guy, to get into a seven-on-seven matchup with your defensive backs, especially when they have a 6-12, 260-pound tight end that runs about a 4.5 (Rob Gronkowski). You dont want him back there just like, Oh, were just going to play catch today. You dont want him to zone in, get in his zone, so to say. So, I think pressure is going to be crucial, but its always crucial. But, particularly when you are playing these type of quarterbacks, its pivotal.

Love,

T-Sizzle.

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Former Ravens and Jets linebacker - now an "NFL Today" analyst for CBS - Bart Scott usually "can't wait" to make his disdain for Tom Brady and the Patriots known. 

He was back at it Tuesday in an interview with CBS Radio's Damon Amendolara, in which he said the Falcons have the better quarterback heading into Super Bowl LI.

“We know they’re the better offense, and right now, you could say they got the better quarterback because they have the MVP of the league,” Scott said. Ryan is the favorite to win the NFL MVP, which will be announced the night before the Super Bowl at the "NFL Honors" show.

“Now that’s a debate, but Matt Ryan has earned the right for his name to be put up there with the upper-echelon quarterbacks," Scott said. "He’s always been elite in the regular season, but now he’s taken this show into the postseason and he’s won the hard battles against the elite quarterbacks and now you have to give him his due.”

More from Scott: “I can’t see the Patriots stopping this offense. So, that means that these receivers are going to have to [keep] pace. It’s all going to come down to what it always comes down to. It’s going to come down to who makes the turnovers, who gets up early and puts the pressure on the other team. Matt Ryan and that offense showed me a lot when they went behind [in the divisional round against the Seahawks]. Seattle came and busted them in the face, and [Atlanta] went right back down and answered immediately.

"The Patriots always find a way, but I think it makes it more close of a game than what people think.”

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while rooting for “Manchester By the Sea” to upset some favorites at the Oscars.

*Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews top the annual NHL coaches' poll produced by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

*The oral history of Fox’s glowing puck used for the NHL during their run with the league is an entertaining one.

*Mike Babcock gives pep talks to the reporters along with his own players while running the show in Toronto.

*The Vegas Golden Knights are moving forward with their timetable toward hiring a coach with some good candidates out there now, and some other ones potentially available soon. I’ve wondered if Claude Julien would be interested in that spot if he’s let go by the Bruins this season, but the one sure thing is that he wouldn’t be out of work long if he is relieved of his duties.

*Claude Giroux needs to start playing a little more fearlessly and without dwelling on mistakes, according to his general manager.

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t believe that fancy stats and analytics have had a major impact on the way the Wings do things.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on a Millenial’s dream of performers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.

*For something completely different: keeping an eye on the notion that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.