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Already tired of the Jets? Add Ray Lewis to that list

Posted by Bill Koch on September 9, 2010

Uh oh. We just felt a chill run down our spines here at Ramble On. Ray Lewis is angry, and we all know what happens when Ray Lewis gets angry.

Spare me the wise cracks about people being killed. That’s old news. (Besides, just because Lewis was at the scene of the crime doesn’t mean that he did anything wrong.) Running backs get hurt, quarterbacks get sacked, wide receivers take a beating going across the middle and teams lose to the Baltimore Ravens when Ray Lewis gets mad.

With that in mind, I wouldn’t want to be the New York Jets going into Monday night when the stars of this season’s Hard Knocks on HBO take on Lewis and the Ravens. Baltimore’s middle linebacker and certain NFL Hall of Famer let loose on Rex Ryan and his crew on Thursday with a verbal barrage that must have left the rest of the NFL nodding its heads in agreement.

What exactly have the Jets won? Since when did signing Santonio Holmes and LaDainian Tomlinson mean anything? Will adding a nursery in the New Meadowlands Stadium turn Antonio Cromartie back into an All-Pro and help him remember the names and ages of his 24 kids by 16 women? Lewis spewed his particular brand of venom at a team that went 9-7 last season, backed into the playoffs when the IndiaNoPlace Colts tanked a game down the stretch and benefitted from San Diego’s annual postseason choke job (a game where Tomlinson and Cromartie were playing for the losing team, for the record).

The Ravens are a trendy pick to upset the order of the AFC and reach the Super Bowl this season. Baltimore’s offense is emerging behind quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Ray Rice and an offensive line that might be the league’s best. If anything, Lewis and the aging defense are the question marks for the Ravens this season. Think he likes that? Think he’s already frothing at the mouth to get on the field Monday night and unleash legal and sanctioned hell on Mark Sanchez? You’re damn right he is. We’re glad we’re not suiting up in green and white right now.

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