Oh how quickly he forgets.
Traded just before the end of the NFL league year in March, former Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said recently that he's excited to play with his new Detroit Lions teammates because he has "never been a part of a defense like this."
"You have so many athletes: [Jason Jones], [Ziggy Ansah], [Caraun Reid], Darryl Tapp," Ngata said, via the Detroit Free Press. "You just have so many playmakers all over the front on the D-line. I'm just excited to be a part of it."
Forgive me if I've never heard of any of them except Ansah, the former first-round draft pick, before Ngata spoke their names.
If we're being specific, Ngata may be right in saying that, given the fact that some of the superior athletes like he's referring to on the Ravens defense have played outside linebacker and don't technically classify as defensive linemen.
But then you think about Pernell McPhee, an outside linebacker by trade, lining up as a nose tackle alongside Ngata in passing situations. You think of Arthur Jones and Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan, all big players in their own right who could explode through the line.
It's unfair to take Ngata to task too badly, considering you'd expect any player to say he's excited to play in a new scheme on a new team with new teammates, even if it's not true.
If anything, it's good if Ngata believes he's landed in such a good spot considering he was dealt from the only team he has ever known for salary purposes.
I doubt there are many outside Detroit who would take Ngata's new defensive line over the one he left, though.