The Ravens and Browns are taking seemingly opposite approaches into their Week 2 clash as far as how they choose to view and talk about each other. It seems the Browns are being complimentary of their AFC North rival, while the Ravens instead are taking the trash talk route.
At least Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs went down that road, which should probably come as no surprise. The six-time Pro Bowler has never had much of a problem saying exactly what’s on his mind, this week likening Browns coach Hue Jackson’s offense to a circus, via Dan Labbe for Cleveland.com.
“You gotta understand, Hue Jackson, the circus is in town,” Suggs said this week. “We’re looking at film from three and four years ago of all these funky formations and we’re expecting everything.”
Suggs isn’t entirely wrong, of course. Last week against the Eagles, Jackson trotted out everything from the quarterback option to the wildcat to formations with only three offensive linemen. Still, comparing somebody’s offense to a circus isn’t the most polite way of putting it.
Browns cornerback Joe Haden, on the other hand, was far more diplomatic in his interviews, to the point we now know where he stands on the age old question, “Is Joe Flacco elite?” Somewhat surprisingly, that would be very much a “yes” for the Ravens signal caller.
“I’ll tell ya, he’s right up there in the top 10 (quarterbacks),” Haden told Mary Kay Cabot for Cleveland.com. “He’s the best of the best that are in the league as far as just understanding what’s going on.”
Of course, when you play for the Browns, even moderately successful quarterback play probably can start to look like the upper echelon. Nonetheless, Haden chose to say the right thing here rather than take a dig at a very good pro who could potentially pick the Cleveland defense apart on Sunday.
If you believe in bulletin board material as being able to influence the outcome of the game, the Browns certainly have won in that department this week.