It looks like I was in the wrong when I said that the Ravens wouldn't take Rex Ryan's bait — it was Ray Lewis who chomped down hard on Thursday — but I'm OK with looking like a fool on this one.
I'm pumped to see how quickly this war of words escalates over the next few days. Heck, the Jets are probably jabbering their jaws about Lewis' comments as I type this.
Anyway, here's what Lewis had to say about New York cornerback Antonio Cromartie's claim that the Jets are "the Miami Heat of football:"
"I'm going to be very careful with this, we're talking about the Jets like we're talking about the Saints," Lewis said. "That's the Super Bowl champs. Until they play tonight, that's the only people that can be dethroned. Drew Brees and the Saints, not Mark Sanchez and the Jets. All of this 'We're the Miami Heat of football.' If you're the Miami Heat, we got to be the Lakers and multiple rings."
"The game ain't played through tongues," he continued. "The game is played when you buckle up your chin strap. So, all this pressure [Ryan] wants to put on his team, I hope they can cash the check that he writes."
Lewis then called out Ryan again, telling him to worry about his own team instead of what may or may not have went down when he was the Ravens' defensive coordinator.
"We're not talking about whether I didn't want to call one defense or not," Lewis said. "Coach Mark Sanchez. Coach your Jets. My name should not come out Rex's mouth unless you're telling somebody to come block me, which is going to be a very hard damn task come Monday night."
And Rex's response, according to The Washington Post:
"I'm laughing. I think it's great," Ryan said. "We don't have to sneak up on people. It sounds like we got under Ray's nerves."
I'm sure glad I was wrong about this one. I can't wait to see who launches the next grenade.
Bonus: I found video of Lewis' comments: