Tom Brady brushes aside Brendon Ayanbadejo’s criticism

1/14/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

There is much hype surrounding the AFC Championship game after the Baltimore Ravens won a surprise upset over AFC No.1 seed Denver Broncos in Divisional playoffs game Saturday. But there is more to the Baltimore Ravens excitement than just advancing to the next round of the playoffs. Throughout the season, the Baltimore Ravens had hoped and wished for a playoffs rematch against the New England Patriots after losing last year's AFC championship game to the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.
With such a high-profile intense rivalry game you can always expect a pre-game cross-fire between both sides. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo wasted no time, fueling the rivalry with a series of harsh words against the New England Patriots’ hurry-up offense on Sunday.
“New England does some suspect stuff on offense. Can’t really respect it. Comparable to a cheap shot b4 a fight,” tweeted Brendon Ayanbadejo.
Brendon Ayanbadejo also referred to the SpyGate incident and criticized the New England Patriots for waiving a player just a day before last year’s Super Bowl.
But if Brendon Ayanbadejo was seeking attention, he failed to get it from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady who outright dismissed Ayanbadejo’s remarks.
“We’ve had a lot of people comment about our team and our players this year. I think the best thing that we do is ignore the noise and go out and try to prepare,” said Tom Brady on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show Monday. “Nothing really that anybody says or does is going to affect what happens next Sunday.”
While Tom Brady held Brendon Ayanbadejo at liberty to his freedom of speech, Brady refused to engage in a verbal jabbing contest with him, and hinted the New England Patriots will maintain their routine up to the AFC Championship game.
“If people want to say things or write things, they have the liberty to do that. It doesn’t really have any bearing on what we do.”
Tom Brady added the Baltimore Ravens had a “great game” Saturday, and can’t be taken lightly in the AFC Championship game. That’s why the New England Patriots held a meeting Saturday night as the Baltimore Ravens drove fourth quarter into a double-overtime win against the Denver Broncos.
 “I think what you see yesterday, whether it’s the Denver game or the Atlanta game, is that it’s never over. You’ve always got a chance,” said Tom Brady. “When guys take advantage of opportunities to make a big play in a game, that’s what they do.”
Despite their short, but at times contentious rivalry history, Tom Brady still had a lot of respect for the Baltimore Ravens.
 “They’ve got a very good offense, very good defense. They’ve got some Pro Bowl special teams guys, and they’re very well coached,” praised Tom Brady. “That’s why they’re in the same position that they were last year.”
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