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Ravens’ O-linemen say Lions’ D-linemen are tough, not dirty


Before the Lions played the Packers, Green Bay offensive lineman Josh Sitton made headlines by calling Detroit’s defensive linemen “scumbags” and “dirtbags” who were coached by a “dick” who encouraged his players to play dirty. As the Ravens prepare to play the Lions, Baltimore’s offensive linemen are taking a different approach.

Ravens offensive linemen A.Q. Shipley and Gino Gradkowski both told the team’s website that they respect the way the Lions’ defensive linemen approach the game. In Shipley’s opinion, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, labeled as dirty by many, is actually exactly the kind of tough, physical player a lineman should be.

I love the way he plays,” Shipley said of Suh. “He plays hard and he plays passionate. You can’t fault a guy for doing that. He goes hard every play, and if he gets called for a penalty, I don’t think he’s worried about it. You’ve got to respect that about him.”

Gradkowski said that from his tape study, he expects to have his hands full on Monday night in Detroit, not because the Lions are dirty but because they go hard on every play.

“I think they just play hard,” Gradkowski said. “Sometimes it can be misconstrued as dirty. But it’s hard to say because I don’t know him personally and I haven’t faced him yet.”

In a week when Ravens coach John Harbaugh admonished safety Matt Elam for referring to Lions receiver Calvin Johnson as old, Harbaugh will surely be pleased that his offensive linemen aren’t giving the Lions any more bulletin board material.

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34 Responses to “Ravens’ O-linemen say Lions’ D-linemen are tough, not dirty”
  1. allday420ap says: Dec 13, 2013 5:50 PM

    Classy, good luck to both teams. Ravens you got your referee gift wrapped win last week so I foresee the Lions coming out on top in this one.

  2. hyzers says: Dec 13, 2013 5:56 PM

    Thank you from us Lions fans who have been trying to explain this to people.

    Half of Suh’s fines have been on bogus calls (pushing Cutler too hard when he was running with the ball, getting called for horse collaring Marion Barber because he tackled him by the dreds, etc.) Last week he was called for holding when he’s one on one with a guy putting a pass rush move on with one arm in the air trying to knock the ball down?

    We all know if Suh pulled the crap the Steeler’s center did he would straight up be banned from the NFL.

    Glad to see that the perception around the league is changing.

  3. dickshotdogs says: Dec 13, 2013 5:57 PM

    Way to walk it back after that Elam statement about the “Old” guy.

  4. td40 says: Dec 13, 2013 6:03 PM

    reverse psychology?

  5. thefiesty1 says: Dec 13, 2013 6:13 PM

    Wrong. Suh and his cohorts should be arrested for assault.

  6. tigers182 says: Dec 13, 2013 6:17 PM

    The Ravens are praying for more phantom penalties like were called on the Lions line, once again, last week.

  7. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 13, 2013 6:33 PM

    They have a lot of political correctness to make up for Elam.

  8. terrytate89 says: Dec 13, 2013 6:37 PM

    old man strength

  9. getyourownname says: Dec 13, 2013 6:37 PM

    So is Suh getting fined for these comments?

  10. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 13, 2013 6:37 PM

    When you have to play the Steelers twice a year, “dirty” becomes a relative term.

  11. sosuhme says: Dec 13, 2013 6:44 PM

    Oh so now they’re trying to sweet talk us?

  12. ivanpavlov0000 says: Dec 13, 2013 7:00 PM

    Just read that the NFL did not fine Nick Fairley for the roughing the passer penalty last week – a call that was suspect at best.

  13. 26predator says: Dec 13, 2013 7:02 PM

    Let’s see what they have to say after the game.

  14. jimnaizeeum says: Dec 13, 2013 7:15 PM

    If by tough he is referencing the 290 plus rushing yards they gave up last week, then I agree.

  15. kwjsb says: Dec 13, 2013 7:16 PM

    Conrad Dobbler said the same thing about Jack Tatum….. If your old enough, you understand…

  16. billyswagger says: Dec 13, 2013 7:30 PM

    In a tough matchup with major playoff implications, clearly they are stroking Lions d-line as buffer for Matt Elam’s comment regarding Megatron.

  17. lks311 says: Dec 13, 2013 7:30 PM

    O Lineman have always been the smartest of all NFL Groups. Nice save, after Elam’s attempt to make a name for himself.

  18. officialgame says: Dec 13, 2013 7:55 PM

    Farley and Suh represent the two best interior linemen tandem in the NFL. End of story.

  19. jimnaizeeum says: Dec 13, 2013 8:29 PM

    officialgame says:
    Farley and Suh represent the two best interior linemen tandem in the NFL. End of story.

    You didn’t see last week’s game did you?

  20. asublimeday says: Dec 13, 2013 8:30 PM

    Ravens are talking like a scared team. As a bears fan I hope they whip the kittens.

  21. ravensdominate says: Dec 13, 2013 8:33 PM

    Enough talking. It’s just another game. The lions have put together a nice team with some stud players. However, the franchises don’t compare. Win lose or draw Monday night, you’re playing with the big boys Monday night, Detroit. Bring it on. The Ravens and Raven Nation live for this.

    World Champs


  22. lionsdraftguy says: Dec 13, 2013 9:33 PM

    Too bad bears and packers can’t be as classy as that.

  23. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 13, 2013 10:17 PM

    Nice try. You just pissed us off.

  24. flaccodelic says: Dec 13, 2013 11:16 PM

    I think what they meant by not dirty is that there probably won’t be an opposing team’s head coach actually on the field affecting the game this week.

  25. bigassbiscuit says: Dec 14, 2013 1:10 AM

    Hats off to a man who can recognize anther man doing the same job.

  26. ryanprzy says: Dec 14, 2013 1:13 AM

    The Ravens have been such a well-ran organization for just about their entire existence.

    And then they gave that contract to Joe Flacco…

  27. murburto says: Dec 14, 2013 5:22 AM

    Okay I am a Ravens fan and here is our problem. Who puts a mic in Elam’s face and who asks Gradkowski and Shipley any questions? They are interviewing the wrong Ravens. Gradkowski gets blown up every play and Elam is a rookie struggling recognizing coverage. First we insult Megatron and now we kissing the d-line tails. Play the game and quit yammering.

  28. murburto says: Dec 14, 2013 5:24 AM

    ***Struggling in coverage.

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 14, 2013 7:06 AM

    When you have to play the Steelers twice a year, “dirty” becomes a relative term.

    Now that is funny.

    Does the whining ever stop in Baltimore?

  30. deathonwings410 says: Dec 14, 2013 9:23 AM

    “ryanprzy says:
    Dec 14, 2013 1:13 AM
    The Ravens have been such a well-ran organization for just about their entire existence.

    And then they gave that contract to Joe Flacco”

    I guess we should’ve let our Super Bowl MVP QB Walk in Free Agency and start the season with….Tyrod Taylor and Caleb Hanie? Right!!!!

  31. vikescry1 says: Dec 14, 2013 9:25 AM

    lets hear what he has to say if suh kicks his quarterback in the nuts!

  32. vikescry1 says: Dec 14, 2013 9:25 AM

    i want to see suh stomp on him during this game just for the entertainment value.

  33. salutethis says: Dec 14, 2013 1:07 PM

    Of course they don’t think that line plays dirty…The ravens dline plays the same way!

  34. bringbackwayne says: Dec 16, 2013 2:56 PM

    The Lions need to Sacko Flacco, because the the Lions have pass “no-coverage”

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