By any means necessary is a phrase Ray Lewis comes back to when he talks about playing defense in the NFL, particularly when applied to the Ravens defense. He used it again as part of a rant against the replacement referees calling a personal foul on Ed Reed on Sunday.
Reed nailed Patriots receiver Deion Branch in the head. The Ravens safety didnt execute a helmet-to-helmet hit, and you can argue that maybe Branch ducked down and put his head in the way of Reeds shoulder, but the NFL has been quite clear that it doesnt want players hitting other players in the head. And this play definitely falls into the defenseless receiver category.
You have to believe that Reed would have been flagged by the regular officials, too. But Lewis doesnt see it that way.
Speaking to 105.7 The Fan, he said: He turned his head to the side and clearly hit him with his shoulder pad. Those things cannot affect the way this game is played. And then the saddest part about it is when you hear other people say, Oh, those are the rules. For real? Thats not the rules. The rules of this game is, Do whatever you got to do, by any means necessary.
Well chalk that one up to Lewis emotion. Hes obviously a smarter football player than that.
(HT to Pro Football Talk.)
NOTE: Those with a sense of history will recognize by any means necessary as famously coming from Malcolm X, as in this quote: Our objective is complete freedom, justice and equality by any means necessary.
Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.
1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”
Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.
2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.
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