Responding to Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodely saying the Ravens will never get to the Super Bowl with Joe Flacco at quarterback, Baltimore receiver Derrick Mason made a strong statement in Flacco’s defense.
On ESPN First Take, Mason said that the Ravens and Steelers are like the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons of the 1980s and 1990s, with the Bulls at first struggling to beat the Pistons but eventually surpassing the Pistons and winning six NBA championships.
“They’ve had our number for the last couple years,” Mason said of the Steelers. “I equate it to the Chicago Bulls, they couldn’t beat the Pistons, and then they finally beat the Pistons.”
With that, Mason was asked who would play the role on the Ravens that Michael Jordan played on the Bulls.
“Flacco is our Jordan,” Mason said. “He’s our Michael Jordan.”
That’s a bold statement, but Mason seemed to be in the mood to make bold statements in response to Woodley and other players on the Steelers, whom Mason seems to genuinely dislike. And Mason says he’s eager to see the Steelers on the field, rather than trade barbs with them in the media.
“You can talk all you want during the offseason,” Mason said. “No one plays the game, no one hits, during the offseason.”