Providing a bit of bulletin-board material before the New England Patriots even officially finished off the Houston Texans to reach the AFC championship game, special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo delivered a shot at the Ravens' next opponent.
"New England does some suspect stuff on offense," Ayanbadejo wrote on his verified Twitter account. "Can't really respect it. Comparable to a cheap shot b4 a fight. Are you watching the game pats vs texans? If so you see the hurry snap offense catch em b4 they set up. It's a gimmick.
"Their offense is good enough to be successful with out that. .. In a sport that is predicated on mano y mano, lets hurry up n snap it = [expletive]"
The Ravens lost to the Patriots in the AFC title game last season.
The Patriots' formidable offense is headlined by quarterback Tom Brady, who passed for three touchdowns and 344 yards during Sunday's win over the Texans.
The Patriots piled up 457 yards of total offense and 24 first downs.
Not content to just rip the Patriots' offensive strategy, which is predicated by a lot of quick throws by Brady, Ayanbadejo also referenced New England's Spygate controversy and releasing wide receiver Tiquan Underwood last year one day before the Super Bowl.
"You know the same organization that did spygate and cut a guy the day b4 the Super Bowl," Ayanbadejo wrote.
Brady responded to Ayanbadejo's comments during his Monday radio appearance on WEEI-AM in Boston.
"I think we've had a lot of people comment about our team and our players this year," Brady said, according to NFL.com. He also said the Patriots will just focus on their business, the NFL's website reported.
This morning, Ayanbadejo tweeted an apology for his remarks.
"I made selfish comments on twitter last night that reflected poorly upon myself, my teammates, and the organization. For that I apologize," Ayanbadejo said in the tweet.
It's unlikely that Patriots coach Bill Belichick will react to Ayanbadejo's comments, but they're sure to find their way to the Patriots' locker room as a bit of motivational fuel heading into a rematch of last year's AFC title game.
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