Ravens say Peyton Manning's protests win over referees
“It’s known that they’re going to complain or if they get thrown down and look at a ref they’re going to get a flag thrown against the defense,” [Brendon] Ayanbadejo said. “We’ve seen that happen against us before with Tom Brady. We always teach the same rules, regardless of the quarterback: hit them in the strike zone. If you’re within a step of his arm motion, hit him.”
But only one roughing-the-passer penalty has been thrown for a hit on Manning this season. Perhaps the lack of penalties can be explained by Manning’s knack for getting the ball away in time — Denver gave up 21 sacks during the regular season, second fewest in the league.
Other Baltimore players share non-specific resentment for the quarterback who had offseason neck surgery that forced him to miss the 2011 season. The Ravens weren’t penalized in December for roughing up Manning, but they think they have to walk on egg shells. “Peyton Manning is one of the best of all time,” defensive lineman Ma’ake Kemoeatu said. “We want to get in there and get him down. At the same time you have to try not to get a penalty for hitting Peyton Manning.”
This type of talk is utterly hilarious coming from a team who tried to bully its way to a victory in their first matchup against the Broncos. Cary Williams and Anquan Boldin both learned that wasn't going to happen.
So what's the next step? Complain, of course.
The Ravens still don't get it. It's not the year 2000. There are eight teams left in the playoffs, and they are the weakest in the herd.
They're not the Ravens. They're prey.