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Calvin Johnson on Matt Elam: I’ll show him that old-man strength


Ravens safety Matt Elam tugged on Megatron’s cape this week when he said that the Ravens secondary was going to be physical with Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson on Monday night because the 28-year-old Johnson was too old to play a physical game.

As you’d imagine, the comments made their way to Johnson on Thursday. Johnson joked that he would show Elam and the Ravens what he could do with his old-man strength and then pointed out that Elam could say just about anything he wants since he and Johnson won’t be going head-to-head during the game.

“He can talk all he wants. He plays back. I don’t see him every play unless I run past him,” Johnson said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.

Johnson also said he thought that Elam and fellow Ravens safety James Ihedigbo were “nothing extraordinary” and that he thought the Lions will be able to make plays downfield against the Baltimore defense. The statistics bear that out as the Ravens have given up 16 passing plays of 40 or more yards this season, the most in the league.

The Lions are No. 2 on that list, so there’s a pretty good chance of a shootout on Monday night.

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85 Responses to “Calvin Johnson on Matt Elam: I’ll show him that old-man strength”
  1. kingpel says: Dec 12, 2013 1:53 PM

    Never underestimate that old man strength.

  2. zam0854 says: Dec 12, 2013 1:56 PM

    Elam needs to supply me with whatever he’s inhaling.

  3. lks311 says: Dec 12, 2013 1:56 PM

    Wow, that chafed CJ a bit, because Calvin never fires back. This should be good.

  4. blowpackblow says: Dec 12, 2013 1:56 PM


  5. chaseutley says: Dec 12, 2013 1:56 PM

    Uh oh.

  6. obsession55 says: Dec 12, 2013 1:58 PM

    please burn this turd Calvin!!

  7. sheppyshep8 says: Dec 12, 2013 1:59 PM

    Vegas oddsmakers should probably jump on a betting option for the over/under on the number of personal foul penalties in this one.

  8. tungo0516 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:00 PM

    Don’t ever call out megatron. Didn’t Elam learn something from Dez Bryant or Cris Carter?

  9. robertocfg says: Dec 12, 2013 2:00 PM

    Unless he said it as a joke, trash-talking Megatron and saying he’s too old to play a physical game is probably the dumbest thing a person can say. He should be checked for a concussion. Like, really? Are you trash-talking Megatron?

    I’m not a fan of either team, but I’ll be happy to see Elam get his lunch served by that “old man” this monday. Hope he has another monster game.

  10. brooklyn40niner says: Dec 12, 2013 2:00 PM

    Matt Elam>Ed Reed

  11. missingsock215 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:00 PM

    He was targeted only FOUR times against the Eagles. FOUR! Go Birds!

  12. ziggystheansah says: Dec 12, 2013 2:01 PM

    Im guessing calvin will end up with 800 yards on monday and 7 touchdowns

    Thank u Matt Elam.

    Can Justin Tuck and Jared Allen do this too?

  13. America's Team is God's Team says: Dec 12, 2013 2:02 PM

    Top 5 receivers in the NFL

    1) Dez Bryant
    2) AJ Green
    4) Eric Decker
    3) Steve Smith
    5) Josh Gordon

    In that order.

  14. posmoo says: Dec 12, 2013 2:03 PM

    As a dolphin fan, I thank you Mr. Elam.

  15. deepseabreeze says: Dec 12, 2013 2:04 PM

    calvin is having another fantastic season but man, how about that josh gordon?

  16. alphaq2 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:05 PM

    Dude is in his prime at 28. Elam is an idiot. Way to piss off a monster. 200 yard day for Megatron on it’s way.

  17. snogale says: Dec 12, 2013 2:07 PM

    I was thinking
    the ravens were going to win but i never knew detriot would be 7-6. Im guessing that after this detriot wins and calvin will get to 400 yards. which should defnietly help fantasy teams like mine

  18. ravensterps says: Dec 12, 2013 2:08 PM

    Well, I guess I feel better about Elam’s stupid comments now that Megatron talked trash about the Ravens’ D. But not really.

  19. nflinsider711 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:10 PM

    Hey Calvin Johnson , Josh Gordon is better than you.

  20. patsfan92 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:10 PM

    Megatron doesnt have a cape…

  21. lunarpie says: Dec 12, 2013 2:14 PM

    Calvin Johnson – MEGATRON
    Matt Elam – BUMBLEBEE

  22. gbrown23 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:16 PM

    Every team on that AFC playoff bubble is sooo happy Matt made thse comments.

  23. flaccodelic says: Dec 12, 2013 2:17 PM

    First rule of being a rookie:
    Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Ball.

  24. mancave001 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:18 PM

    Megatron is on my fantasy team. He’s coming off a 5 point FF game. And now Elam the Butt Clown adds to his motivation?

    [Mr. Burns Voice]



  25. jr4real says: Dec 12, 2013 2:18 PM

    Best game of the weekend now! can’t wait to see this.

  26. bmoreravens1012013 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:20 PM

    Well well well….let the games begin. As a ravens fan I was pissed when I heard what Elam said (especially since Elam can’t carry Megatron jockstrap). Elam may have just single handedly lost the game before it even got to Sunday.

  27. ravenswhat says: Dec 12, 2013 2:21 PM

    Matt, you just shoved a stick into the ribs of a bear. You IDIOT.

  28. deweyaxewound says: Dec 12, 2013 2:22 PM

    Weak. Calvin would have said a lot more, had he just not said anything at all in response.

    Then again, he is a Lion – so, showing a little humility, dignity, or grace – forget it.

    He is also overrated. I know everyone loves to slobber on about how great the guy is – and no one ever DARE say something as blasphemous as I just uttered, but it’s true.
    Peanut Tillman, for one example, shows you how human he is. He can be erratic. I’ve seen him quit on plays – not fight for a ball – allowing an easy INT. Downfield blocking? Eh, not so much.

    Just for a little comparison – it used to be this way with AP, too – no one DARED criticize the great AP, but now people see all the warts and accept them as a given (poor pass protection, fumbling, not a great receiver out of the backfield, too interested in individual stats, etc).

    In fact I’ll bet we’re looking at a couple of young WRs in the league right now who will eventually surpass CJ with career stats – AJ Green, Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery – to name a few candidates.

  29. wannabear says: Dec 12, 2013 2:22 PM

    Top 5 receivers in the NFL

    1) Megatron
    2) Alshon jeffrey
    3) Josh Gordon
    4) AJ Green
    5) Brandon Marshall

  30. richiebburg says: Dec 12, 2013 2:22 PM


  31. deathonwings410 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:24 PM

    Matt Elam needs to at least force a turn over in this league before he can talk trash against the greatest receiver of this era.

  32. birdzflyinhigh says: Dec 12, 2013 2:24 PM

    So, when was 28 considered old for a WR? Not that Calvin needs extra motivation, but man, I wouldn’t give him anything to feed off of.

  33. shayeezy says: Dec 12, 2013 2:29 PM

    my sister on seeing calvin johnson play for the first time (against the cowboys), having no idea who he was or about his nickname before that:

    “whoa, he looks like a transformer!”

  34. jaycrew1215 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:32 PM

    Never wake a sleeping giant…

  35. vikingapologist says: Dec 12, 2013 2:33 PM

    Josh Gordon is a stud, but 32 out of 32 teams would select Megatron over Gordon any day of the week! Gordon completely shot himself in the foot with his “substance” abuse! He is one more violation away from a 1 year ban! That being said, a major “payday” is certainly in question. Any large contract will have a “get out of jail free card” in favor of the team that signs him! Minimum signing bonus, he must have really had cataracts ! Addiction is sad:(

  36. hines86for6 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:35 PM

    A Shootout?!?!

    Not with Jumpball Joe at the helm? You do know he’s playing on the road, right?

  37. vcupats says: Dec 12, 2013 2:36 PM

    Obviously Matt Elam has Calvin Johnson on his fantasy team.

  38. ketchupaholic says: Dec 12, 2013 2:37 PM

    I can say this, as a Vikings fan, the Vikings have used the same tactic on Megatron over the past few years. If you do hit him… his production does go down. But.. I gotta believe CJ is ready. Go Lions!

  39. notoriousbri says: Dec 12, 2013 2:42 PM

    I think former Broncos kicker Jason Elam has a better chance of stopping Megatron than this joker.

    Megatron 8/176/2 tds this week

  40. siggtacular says: Dec 12, 2013 2:43 PM

    Go Ravens!!!

    Baltimore is playoff bound again !!!!

    2x World Champions


  41. smstonerock says: Dec 12, 2013 2:43 PM

    He’s 28! Lol that’s not old that’s called in your prime. Elam thinks he can’t play physical? Has he watched tape? Megtron shoves corners 5 feet backwards anytime they try to press him.

  42. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 12, 2013 2:43 PM

    Elam done pulled on Megatron’s cape!

  43. deweyaxewound says: Dec 12, 2013 2:46 PM

    Also, I love how everyone is ignoring all the wonderful words of praise and adoration Elam ALSO had for CJ.

    Conveniently, those are left out now.

    “Big, fast, athletic, unstoppable, freak,” Elam said.

    and later:

    “I will never disrespect greatness…”

    Everyone thinks this perceived slight is going to motivate CJ to have a monster game, but I bet his performance is underwhelming, and the Lions choke again, as they always do when under pressure.

  44. dcstinks says: Dec 12, 2013 2:49 PM

    U dun Did it! Look out Elam!
    Megatron is gonna make the game against the Cowboys look like a warm up.

  45. gdive says: Dec 12, 2013 2:49 PM

    Rookies should be seen and not heard.

    I guess Mr Elam must have missed Megatron’s 300 + yards receiving game several minutes ago. Not enough time for a doughnut to get stale.

  46. dcstinks says: Dec 12, 2013 2:50 PM

    You dont step on Mega-Trons Cape, You dont spit in the Wind, you pull the mask off the Lone Ranger and dont mess around with Jim.

  47. pdidit09 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:56 PM

    All it tells me, is that he is a confident kid. Nothing wrong with, until he realizes after the game that he is a little over confident.

  48. karla36 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:57 PM

    Oh Dear. I wouldn’t want to be Elam on Sunday!!

  49. gergie1957 says: Dec 12, 2013 3:06 PM

    Good for you Calvin.

  50. nje22 says: Dec 12, 2013 3:09 PM

    That’s like dissing Thor for being too old

  51. steelcurtainn says: Dec 12, 2013 3:12 PM

    Elam is going to look like the old man at the end of the day. Johnson is going to eat him alive.

  52. warhammer420 says: Dec 12, 2013 3:18 PM

    Why would anyone talk trash about CJ?! We saw how well that worked out for Dez Bryant and the Cowboys…

  53. lunarpie says: Dec 12, 2013 3:20 PM

    The Real Life MEGATRON from Cybertron has no cape!!!!

    If the Ravens can find a way to take away his Energon Cubes (Oline and Run game) MEGATRON will be useless!

  54. conner87 says: Dec 12, 2013 3:28 PM

    I guess Elam didn’t learn from Rob Ryan, Dez Bryant and Tramon Williams?

    If you trash talk Calvin Johnson, he will make you regret it and then some.

  55. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 12, 2013 3:33 PM

    Calvin just sent his fantasy owners to their championships.

    Lions have a get-well game Sunday. Flacco will fold on the road and indoors with the noise. If Bush plays, the Lions could put up 50.

  56. theytukrjobs says: Dec 12, 2013 3:45 PM

    I think Elam is trolling. Johnson is about the biggest most physical WR in the league and 28 is probably the age at which a man’s strength and athleticism is at its greatest.

    But if there is a WR that you can hit it’s CJ. Stafford will quite often lead him right into a big hit from a safety since he knows he’ll hold onto the ball anyways. But definitely when playing the Lions you get chances to put big hits on their big WR.

    Not that it necessarily will win you the game though.

  57. tropboi11 says: Dec 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    How is Andre Johnson not on any top 5 lists?
    Gordon and Jeffreys need a longer resume

  58. joehadenisland says: Dec 12, 2013 3:50 PM

    So I was going to start Nick Foles @ Minnesota for fantasy over Stafford vs Baltimore… but knowing Megatron is mad makes me think I might need to switch that decision. What do you all think?

  59. onbucky96 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    Watch your knees Megatron, Ravens Safeties like to dive at them. Just ask Randall Cobb.

  60. granadafan says: Dec 12, 2013 4:04 PM

    Was Jason Elam wearing Bad Idea Jeans when he said that about Megatron?

  61. ike1973 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:17 PM

    I thought Elam retired like 5 years ago? Oh, we’re talking about Matt Elam. Sorry never heard of him.

    Good luck. You’ll need it.

  62. coachjohnharbaugh says: Dec 12, 2013 4:38 PM

    we will put this big turd out for the year

    we will knock out their WRs just as we knocked out the packers WRs


  63. bjsdad says: Dec 12, 2013 4:43 PM

    too all those dissing Elam, Flaco or the Ravens
    about what is going to happen on Sunday, I SAY NOTHING….. The game is Monday Night!!!!

  64. bensstinkyfingers says: Dec 12, 2013 4:43 PM

    I believe Elam just gave Megatron a large chunk of allspark, that will more than likely backfire in a bad way for the Ravens. Megatron -140yds 2tds. Elam – 2 tackles, 1 pass defense, Burnt all day!

  65. jbeagles23 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:44 PM

    I do agree Andre Johnson is still top 5. Probably second but these youngins are creeping up. And it’s great to see cause we know for the next at least 5 years well see those huge games by wideouts.

  66. rushmatic says: Dec 12, 2013 4:48 PM

    Sometimes the Ravens locker room material machine really make me scratch my head.

  67. uberMensch() says: Dec 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    Game hasn’t even started and he’s already making rookie mistakes. Memo to Mr. Elam: When you get posterized by Megatron on Sunday, just smile for the camera! 😀

  68. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    I smell a defenseless receiver hit.

  69. rcj22001 says: Dec 12, 2013 5:01 PM

    before last season, Calvin said he spent the off-season adding weight/strength to better handle the press at the line of scrimmage. Dude is 6’5″, 245, and runs 4.4 and lower. That nobody only muttered Calvin’s name to get himself in the news, he can’t hold Megatron’s jock

  70. donchacho says: Dec 12, 2013 5:04 PM

    I agree tropboi, I think andre johnson is the best receiver period. Noones better within ten yards, runs the best routes, great blocker. But I won’t argue with anyone saying megatrons the best, they’re both amazing. Dez bryant is a non factor in too many games to rate him in the top 5. Id take morgan, jeffrey and julio over him any day.

  71. packerfan12 says: Dec 12, 2013 5:07 PM

    I was hoping the Ravens could beat the Lions this week, but saying something bad about Calvin doesn’t really work….Ask Dez Bryant how that went.

  72. acmepacker says: Dec 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    coachjohnharbaugh says: Dec 12, 2013 4:38 PM

    we will put this big turd out for the year

    we will knock out their WRs just as we knocked out the packers WRs

    Congrats, you just made classless post of the day! Talking about taking out players is pretty low.

  73. RavenzGunnerz says: Dec 12, 2013 5:29 PM

    Johnson will have his yards,

    The Ravens will have the win.

    This is pretty much Ravens v. Johnson…

  74. gcbean says: Dec 12, 2013 5:44 PM

    Things are looking better and better for my fantasy team.

  75. darthraven887 says: Dec 12, 2013 5:49 PM

    Elam hasn’t done too much this year, but why drag Ihedigbo into this? The guy has been solid for most of the year

  76. essentialsausage says: Dec 12, 2013 5:52 PM

    This is great news for the Lions.

  77. dtownsportslions says: Dec 12, 2013 5:52 PM

    You don’t poke the Lion while he’s down. If this actually made Calvin some what upset, I’d imagine the rest of the team is pretty fired up about this game. Controlled chaos gentlemen and lets get this W.

  78. dtownsportslions says: Dec 12, 2013 5:58 PM

    “I don’t appreciate it. It doesn’t help us,” Harbaugh said. “Get a guy like Calvin Johnson all fired up, that’s not really the idea.”

    Ha you know John Harbaugh just shook his head when he heard these comments

  79. kwjsb says: Dec 12, 2013 6:08 PM

    To quote a movie ….
    “An ant has no quarrel with a boot”

    Not sure Elam is big enough to be the ant, but you don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit in the wind, you don’t pull the mask off the old lone ranger and you don’t mess around with ……..

  80. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 12, 2013 6:24 PM

    Dec 12, 2013 4:38 PM
    we will put this big turd out for the year

    we will knock out their WRs just as we knocked out the packers WRs


    And raven fans want respect? Elephants will fly and Ray will find his white suit first.

  81. Captain Chaos says: Dec 12, 2013 6:36 PM

    Elam is apparently a meat head. Now he is going to be a fried meat head.

  82. adamskeion says: Dec 12, 2013 8:11 PM

    Sheeple all over this board. Just want the media wants. Elam also described CJ as “big, unstoppable, freak and fast.” Media blowing something up that’s not really there once again…..

  83. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 12, 2013 8:15 PM

    Megatron has the career yards per game record right now.

    1. Megatron
    2. Megatron
    3. Megatron
    4. Megatron
    5. Gordon

  84. steveb9995 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:38 PM

    Elam figured this is his best shot at getting in a highlight reel.

  85. guitarkevin says: Dec 13, 2013 11:07 AM

    The ONLY good thing for the Ravens, now that Elam has written a check, is that their defense has to cash it.
    They could use a little extra motivation and I think they have it now.

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