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John Harbaugh would also prefer Matt Elam kept his trap shut

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Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam created a stir by saying Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was old and that the Ravens could stop him on Monday night by being physical with him as a result.

Johnson responded, saying that he’d show off his old-man strength to Elam while saying that he thought Detroit could make some plays against the Ravens safety. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco wondered what Elam was thinking by calling out the league’s best wide receiver before a game and now coach John Harbaugh has chimed in with further criticism of Elam’s verbal volley.

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

Flacco said earlier in the day that the team took deep shots at Elam throughout practice to try to get him ready for what he’ll face against Johnson on Sunday. It doesn’t help matters that linebacker Elvis Dumervil wasn’t able to practice with the ankle injury that kept him out last week. Whatever Elam’s feeling about the best way to approach defending Johnson, keeping balls from getting in the air at all would be safer.

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35 Responses to “John Harbaugh would also prefer Matt Elam kept his trap shut”
  1. gbrown23 says: Dec 12, 2013 5:27 PM

    Haha oh this just keeps getting better and better. Now I have no choice but to watch this game lol

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 12, 2013 5:28 PM

    The Ravens are a waste of time and space in this area. #OnlytheRedskinsmattertotheDCMDVAarea

  3. ziggystheansah says: Dec 12, 2013 5:34 PM

    Elam is also the same punk who took out Randall Cobbs knee.

    Anyways, Calvin will end the game with 700 yds and 9 tds
    Final score:
    Lions 70
    Ravens 7

  4. America's Team is God's Team says: Dec 12, 2013 5:36 PM

    Keep your players under control.

    Top 5 coaches with least control:

    1) Mike Shannahan
    2) Jim Swartz
    3) Tom Coughlin
    4) Pete Carroll
    5) Tie- Jon and Jim Harbaugh

    #JasonGarrett #Superbowlwin8weeksaway

  5. ajgreenhof says: Dec 12, 2013 5:37 PM

    Well I think we’re all on the same page when saying Elam is a fool for saying Calvin Johnson is old. Just in case though we should get another opinion…

    The special team coach maybe? Or perhaps the mascot?

  6. loyalraven says: Dec 12, 2013 5:45 PM

    The only way out of this rookie is to hit him the hardest you ever hit anyone in your career, knock him out of the game and pray to God you survive the crash.

    But just incase that doesn’t work for you R.I.P. Matt Elam, I’m gonna miss ya buddy.

  7. richiebburg says: Dec 12, 2013 5:56 PM


  8. bennyb82 says: Dec 12, 2013 6:06 PM

    Calvin Johnson is not someone you can practice for. You just have to hope that he does not get the ball thrown his way too often. He had 5 targets last game…which is really inexcusable.

  9. toallpitzberghaters says: Dec 12, 2013 6:07 PM

    We’re screwed.

    28 is old?

  10. slaugin says: Dec 12, 2013 6:13 PM

    Lol…Belichick would have cut him

  11. dhardy8207 says: Dec 12, 2013 6:15 PM

    “You get a guy like Calvin Johnson all fired up, that’s really not the idea.””

    OOoooo…. I say Harbough probably gave Elam an ear full! His statement is true, you just don’t go poking at a rattlesnake or you will get bit….

  12. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Dec 12, 2013 6:31 PM

    i need elam to get some damn interceptions and shut his mouth! #teamravens!

  13. sportsfan18 says: Dec 12, 2013 6:50 PM

    Everyone is making a mountain out of a mole hill.

    Elam ALSO said the following about Megatron in the SAME interview…

    “Big, fast, athletic, unstoppable, freak,”

    So someone who is old is big, fast, athletic, unstoppable and a freak.

    No one could come away from what Elam said and take it that he was putting Megatron down.

    He was joking when he said he was old. He was being honest and truthful when he said he was big, fast, athletic and unstoppable.

    One doesn’t even need to get or understand sarcasm when they see all of what he said about Calvin.

  14. ravenswhat says: Dec 12, 2013 6:52 PM

    It’s too late, damage is done. Great players use this kind of stuff to step it up. Matt is going to learn a tough lesson here if the ravens lose because of megatron going off. When you’re fighting for the playoffs on both sides, you don’t need to provide the best football player on earth any extra motivation.

  15. 6ball says: Dec 12, 2013 7:17 PM

    If Megatron is old then next week’s opponent, Tom Brady, is ancient.

  16. allday420ap says: Dec 12, 2013 7:22 PM

    Cordarrelle Patterson already made elam look like a fool, now its Calvins turn

  17. shotgunwilly2012 says: Dec 12, 2013 7:32 PM

    Okay…so an NFL player making big $$$ shows up on game day and says…you know what…I’m not really feeling it today…think I’ll only go at about 85 to 90%… but then someone says something derogatory and….OOOHHH…that’s it…his ass is mine…I’m ramping it up to 97% maybe 99%? I’ll show him… Yeah right.
    BRING IT from whistle to whistle or STAY HOME… or on the PUP list…

  18. jimmyjames65 says: Dec 12, 2013 7:56 PM

    Elam is also the same punk who took out Randall Cobbs knee. It was a clean tackle, baby. Just like the one on Gronkowski. Aaron Rodgers should quit throwing hospital passes.

  19. reed20fence says: Dec 12, 2013 8:02 PM

    The Lions say this is a playoff game for them.

    So be it. A playoff Ravens is what they’ll get.

  20. adamskeion says: Dec 12, 2013 8:03 PM

    Good ole’ media at it again. Elam also used adjectives such as “Big, fast, unstoppable, freak” in describing CJ and tweeted, “I’ll never disrespect greatness….” But no, lets make a mountain out of a molehill over one word.

  21. fdugrad says: Dec 12, 2013 8:11 PM

    JEEZ, how in the bleep can football coaches get entire teams to function towards the goal of winning, when dealing with meatheads possessing this kind of IQ pulling in a self-serving DIFFERENT direction from his mates?! ALL football coaches must be magicians of some sort! Mere mortals simply CAN’T do this kind of job!!

  22. thereyougo2 says: Dec 12, 2013 8:25 PM

    We will see. I’ll take the Ravens. Detroit has had megaton for a few years now and so what. What have they won. Have they even made the playoffs? Calvin Johnson is real big with reporters and media people not too impressive with actually winning football games.

  23. stoptrippn says: Dec 12, 2013 8:31 PM

    Keep your players under control.

    Top 5 coaches with least control:

    1) Mike Shannahan
    2) Jim Swartz
    3) Tom Coughlin
    4) Pete Carroll
    5) Tie- Jon and Jim Harbaugh

    #4- liar and cheaters don’t have any control

  24. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 12, 2013 8:38 PM

    There is always a low character ravens player willing to step up and say something stupid.

  25. rollthefatchicksinflour says: Dec 12, 2013 9:04 PM

    America’s Team is God’s Team says: Dec 12, 2013 5:36 PM

    Keep your players under control.

    Top 5 coaches with least control:

    1) Mike Shannahan
    2) Jim Swartz
    3) Tom Coughlin
    4) Pete Carroll
    5) Tie- Jon and Jim Harbaugh


    Umm…Rex Ryan is not on the list why?

  26. annes22 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:41 PM

    Matt Elam would do better to keep his mouth shut.
    What’ s up with the guys who open their mouths prior to a game. Calvin Johnson will run rings around that idiot, just wait for it.

  27. 49erfan44 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:10 PM

    @thereyougo, they made the playoffs 2 years ago, lost to the saints.

  28. hakunamangata says: Dec 12, 2013 11:07 PM

    Wow a bengals fan talking about low character? Really????? That’s like Snookie calling Halle Berry ugly.

  29. bengalskuta82 says: Dec 12, 2013 11:11 PM

    What the heck did he smoke? Megatron is the real deal. Who the heck is Elam?

  30. scoobies05 says: Dec 12, 2013 11:14 PM

    because if anyone knows what a low class no character football looks like, it would be a bengal fan…right drrustbelt?

  31. scoobies05 says: Dec 12, 2013 11:15 PM

    i will take elite joe and his playoff record over average andy any day

  32. phillybrilliance says: Dec 12, 2013 11:20 PM

    The Ravens are a waste of time and space in this area. #OnlytheRedskinsmattertotheDCMDVAarea


    The redskins are playing the falscons this week in the toilet bowl. They get worse every week. It’s like watching a car accident.


  33. jmblosser82 says: Dec 13, 2013 8:08 AM

    Elam saying this has nothing to go with Megatron giving 85% or 100%, Elam saying this will make Megatron teach the young rookie a lesson. Like Brady did to the Steeler DB that ran his mouth, Elam will be made an example of.

  34. bringbackwayne says: Dec 13, 2013 10:24 AM

    It’s nice to see the Ravens defense practicing by defending deep throws. Here’s the problem, the Lions don’t throw the ball deep all that often. You’d think they would try 2-3 times a game to go to Megatron deep, but they don’t. My biggest problem with the Lions offense….. a strong arm QB and a freak at WR and they don’t use it enough.

  35. ivanpavlov0000 says: Dec 13, 2013 2:57 PM

    I saw the whole quote. I saw that he said nice things about Calvin Johnson and then added this “pretty old” stuff.

    On one hand I look at it like, if Megatron and the Lions need something like this to get fired up for the game then they’ve already lost (that’s me kinda sorta paraphrasing Joe Namath).

    On the other hand … dude, what the heck were you thinking? You really wanted the Lions to have bulletin board material prepping for an MNF game at home?

    In addition to Calvin Johnson having a great game, I see Reggie Bush putting on a show and having an epic night.

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