When a team has a bull’s-eye on its back, whether earned (like the Saints) or self-attached (like the Jets), their opponents bring the very best they have, every week.
For example, Ravens coach John Harbaugh recently spoke to fans at a “Countdown to Kickoff Barbecue,” and he talked about the team’s upcoming games including, most importantly, Week 1. At the new Meadowlands Stadium, in the Jets’ first regular-season game there.
“They’ve got the TV show and they’ve got all the attention right now, and they’re doing all the talking, but we will be there right on time, our buses will pull up, we’ll come through that tunnel up there, and we will be ready to play,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun (which has video of Harbaugh’s remarks).
The Ravens know a thing or two about raining on a parade. In 2008, they were the hand-picked victims for the final game ever played at Texas Stadium. And Harbaugh’s crew sent the Cowboys out of their long-time home with a spur crammed into a place where spurs don’t usually go, unless you’re a horse.
Harbaugh also threw a minor dig at the team located the closest, geographically, to the Ravens. Regarding the recent preseason game against the Redskins, Harbaugh said, “We kinda ran over that team, and we’re kinda proud of that, that’s the way we ought to play.”
Then, after the crowd cheered a little, Harbaugh said, “Yeah, that’s right. That’s what it was.”
So, basically, it looks like Rex Ryan’s shtick is rubbing off on the guy who was his boss for one year in Baltimore.
And Ravens fans probably are kinda OK with that.