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Steve Smith embraces “bully way” in Baltimore

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When the Panthers moved on from receiver Steve Smith in the offseason, he made a beeline for Baltimore.  And for good reason.

Smith identifies with the mentality that has made the Ravens a consistent contender and a two-time Super Bowl champion.  Notwithstanding the inescapable comparisons to the Ray Rice debacle.

“When I look in the defensive meeting room and I see ‘Play like a Raven,’ Baltimore Ravens, ‘We build bullies,'” Smith told Brian Mitchell.  “That’s what I’m talking about. . . .  We take your lunch box.  We take your sandwich.  We take your juice box.  We take your apple sauce.  And we take your spork and we break it.  And we leave you with an empty lunch.  That’s the Baltimore Raven way.  That’s the bully way.  And that’s football.”

It’s definitely football, even though pro football has tried to get away from that reality in recent years, perhaps in order to ensure that football will continue to survive and thrive.

Regardless, the Ravens and Smith both have that rough-and-tumble mindset.  Which makes the pair a perfect match.

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  1. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 15, 2014 11:13 AM

    Um …

  2. jon11x says: Aug 15, 2014 11:16 AM

    So the premise of the game of American football is push and shove and tackle and hit and talk trash and to impose your will on the other team…in that context it is bullying in a game setting… So if football needs to not be that to survive and thrive, it will do neither. It will need to be called something else, because it won’t be football.

  3. thirtyrackdash says: Aug 15, 2014 11:17 AM

    Steve, help me with this article. Would you say your career is “dwindling” or “finished”?

  4. moosedoggie says: Aug 15, 2014 11:17 AM

    pretty much anything this guy says is golden. Hard not to love a guy with his attitude.

  5. barbasol11111111 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:18 AM

    It’s something you can’t discount in the NFL (despite the poor timing with the Rice incident). The relaity I’d that it’s a physical sport. Taking the extra lick, the extra body, the harder push, it’s going to wear out less physical teams. Finesse leads to success too, but the ravens, steelers, 49ers, seahawks, and a lot of other teams have found success by bullying the more pretty teams. I’m glad to have smith bought in.

  6. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 15, 2014 11:19 AM

    The Ravens, from Ozzie Newsome on down, have OPENLY ADMITTED that they adopted their style by basing it off the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    This will not sit well in Baltimore, but it’s irrefutable fact that they based their model off the Steelers — including converting to the 3-4, and all the rest.

    This is not troll bait. It’s fact. It’s on the record.

    So before identifying it with the Ravens, it’s worth noting the independent source (Pittsburgh) along with the derivative beneficiary (Baltimore). Just a little history lesson. If you doubt any of the foregoing, get to Googling.

  7. iamdinguskhan says: Aug 15, 2014 11:19 AM

    All the Defenses in the AFC north have the bullying mentality that what makes their division games so much fun to watch. Poor Johnny Football will learn real quick what division he’s in

  8. mzitt18 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:21 AM

    Idiot. You can take all that stuff, the Bengals will just take the football.

    ..and them cram it down your pie-hole.

  9. 6ball says: Aug 15, 2014 11:23 AM

    .
    What about last December when the Patriots showed up on your schoolyard, whipped you 41-7 and stuffed you inside your “Malcolm in the Middle” lunchbox?
    .

  10. micknangold says: Aug 15, 2014 11:25 AM

    You can intimidate offenses with good clean hits. Hitting guys in the head is dangerous and irresponsible. I never used my head as a weapon unless I was blocking and it was inside the box (it’s damn near impossible not to knock heads in there), and I never left my feet leading with my head, because I didn’t want to seriously hurt anyone or myself. If a guy who wasn’t good enough to play past high school can manage that, why can’t an NFL player?

  11. shortycraig says: Aug 15, 2014 11:26 AM

    @ialwayswantedtobeabanker , You done?

    Yes that is 100% accurate what you said. But I don’t think anyone really cares. Smith didn’t make a Beeline to Pitt, he came to Baltimore.

    Thanks for your input though.

  12. clipper522 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:28 AM

    He is hilarious.

  13. iman62 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:30 AM

    I would love to hear this guy on a talk show, he’s always funny.

  14. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Aug 15, 2014 11:33 AM

    So much for the NFLs anti-bullying campaign.

  15. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 15, 2014 11:37 AM

    Haha spork?

    Classic.

  16. troy43mvp says: Aug 15, 2014 11:43 AM

    They are not hired for tact or demeanor. So what Smith says is spot on.

  17. itsfootballbaby says: Aug 15, 2014 11:47 AM

    Ice-up son!

  18. jtm12180 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:47 AM

    Promote the word “bullying” for kids to see…great role model

    I met this guy once…was a complete tool

  19. rjguerra says: Aug 15, 2014 11:48 AM

    Taking someones spork is just mean.

  20. humbleminded85 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:49 AM

    @ialwayswantedtobeabanker
    Your right about that. When the Ravens first got into the same division as the Steelers we did exactly has you stated. So no troll their Ravens fans. But… that was when smash mouth football with a power back behind a true fullback was the norm. That simply isn’t the case anymore as it’s obviously a different type of game now. Today these two offenses are different in many ways. As far as the defense goes, we run the 3-4 but no one can ever duplicate the Pitt defensive style simply because no one has a coach named Lebeau. The Ravens have there own brand of D that includes not just the 3-4 but 4-3, 46, but most of all a base nickel that we use more than anything. Either way when the two teams play it’s always close and fun to watch. Hurry up season.

  21. getyourownname says: Aug 15, 2014 11:50 AM

    “The Ravens, from Ozzie Newsome on down, have OPENLY ADMITTED that they adopted their style by basing it off the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    This will not sit well in Baltimore, but it’s irrefutable fact that they based their model off the Steelers — including converting to the 3-4, and all the rest.”

    That’s true. In fact the entire AFCN is traditionally built the same way. In this league it’s common for teams to look upon other successful teams as models.

    It doesn’t sit badly in Baltimore because the model is a good one, and because the Ravens have done a better job at it in recent years than the Steelers, and also generally a better job than the Bengals except for 2013.

  22. fanasaurus says: Aug 15, 2014 11:53 AM

    It’s great to have that mindset in house. Live it, play it, just don’t talk or brag about it. Oh yea, keep it between the snap and the whistle. The Ravens seem to want to talk and get in every bodies face after the play as if they have something to prove.

  23. flaccodelic says: Aug 15, 2014 11:55 AM

    “We take your spork and we break it” might be my favorite thing any football player has ever said.

  24. joelvis72 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:01 PM

    I think Mr. Smith’s philosophy is to “push and shove and tackle and hit and talk trash and to impose your will on” your teammates.

  25. randomcommenter says: Aug 15, 2014 12:03 PM

    The raven way is to complain in the media after a loss that the other team didn’t really beat them. According to Ray Lewis, they never lost a game.

  26. hakunamangata says: Aug 15, 2014 12:04 PM

    I love the indignity about a sport that sees grown men running at speeds faster than Olympic sprinters crashing into each other with more strength than Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 70s.

    Yes they should be discussing foreign policy instead.

    Look Super Models don’t make for great nuclear scientists and choir boys don’t make for good football players.

    Anything less than a mentality of we’re going to punch you in the mouth and see if you want to punch back is absurd.

    If you want a nicer gentler sport than watch golf.

  27. realguy says: Aug 15, 2014 12:04 PM

    Bullies rule the world. Please, continue to teach your kids to be passive, delicate flowers – my children are going to need employees to bark orders at.

  28. weepingjebus says: Aug 15, 2014 12:05 PM

    What an oddly specific rant. I read it out loud several times in a Hank the Tank voice.

  29. ezg1 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:05 PM

    Let me see if I have this correct,

    Ravens = Steelers, with the inability to develop their own receivers?

  30. sb35and47champs says: Aug 15, 2014 12:07 PM

    6ball – your comment would be accurate if Smith played in Baltimore last year, but he didn’t. He was brought to Baltimore this year to restore that toughness to the Ravens. Smith was on a team that beat the pats last year.

  31. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 15, 2014 12:08 PM

    Lol that’s a classic quote.

  32. hairpie2 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:10 PM

    Imagine is someone took that team serious? THAT would be hysterical.

  33. ravens2xworldchamps says: Aug 15, 2014 12:13 PM

    Steve Smith: Baltimore Raven

  34. pilot2011 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:14 PM

    God I miss Smitty

  35. guitarkevin says: Aug 15, 2014 12:21 PM

    The Ravens modeled themselves after the Steelers when they joined the league because the Steelers were the best team in the division THEN. The Ravens aren’t stuck in their ways like the Steelers and have managed to adapt to today’s game and are now the BETTER team. But thanks for reminding everyone about how the Steelers fans love to live in the past.

  36. iamdinguskhan says: Aug 15, 2014 12:26 PM

    Bullying in football is one thing it’s a sport in real life you are a total idiot if you promote it.

  37. vtopa says: Aug 15, 2014 12:27 PM

    I can’t stand Steve Smith but I think that is a hilarious quote.

  38. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 15, 2014 12:33 PM

    Ravens must be the new age bullies – ones that turn the other cheek when getting pushed around 1/2 the games last season.

  39. swagger52 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:33 PM

    I really wish we could bring back the Ray Lewis Flu…Players like Corey Dillon and Eddie George would take the Ravens game off. Nobody wanted to deal with Ray. Ray would impose his will.

  40. infectorman says: Aug 15, 2014 12:35 PM

    so why haven’t they signed Richie Incognito?

    Laughable to call that the Raven way. Every team plays like that. Get over yourselves

  41. mackcarrington says: Aug 15, 2014 12:36 PM

    “But if that sandwich is peanut butter and baloney, well we’ll give that back to you.”

  42. jcjaguar says: Aug 15, 2014 12:36 PM

    Punkass receiver….dude…you’re a WIDE RECEIVER!

  43. swagger52 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:39 PM

    If the Ravens model themselves after the Steelers, then I guess Steve Smith should take a blind-shot cheap shot, away-from-play on Polamalu – aka Whines Hard.

  44. swagger52 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:43 PM

    Imagine being Steve Smith and Ray Lewis…this crazy stuff just pops into your head.

    That was true of my ex-wife, but that crazy stuff was not fun.

  45. GettingNoRespect says: Aug 15, 2014 12:52 PM

    realIdiot, the opposite of bully is not pushover. Bullies pick on those weaker, because they have low self-esteem and want to feel like they aren’t weak themselves. They are not strong, they are generally cowards. I teach my children to not bully, but no back down either. I guess that’s why my daughter was selected as hero of the month for the entire county. She won by sticking up to bullies.

  46. mysterytonite says: Aug 15, 2014 12:53 PM

    We take your lunch box. We take your sandwich. We take your juice box. We take your apple sauce. And we take your spork and we break it. And we leave you with an empty lunch. And we knock our our women out cold on elevators. And we are accessories to murder with our friends. And we have coaches who condone our behavior. That’s the Baltimore Raven way.

  47. drs12522 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:01 PM

    Utilizing an idiotic metaphor to praise bullyism. What an intelligent man. He really has his finger on the pulse of the culture. I guess the commissioner will be giving him an outstanding community role model award. He and Ray Rice need to be roommates.

  48. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:10 PM

    Smith is nothing but a punk. After he sucker punched the rookie in Carolina breaking his jaw and ruining his career I think Smith is lucky he didn’t end up in jail. He threw enough money at the kid in a settlement to avoid that but that’s where he should have ended up.

  49. joejacks says: Aug 15, 2014 1:27 PM

    Let’s see when u get popped against the Steelers!

    #bullybusters

  50. flaccodelic says: Aug 15, 2014 2:10 PM

    joejacks says:
    Aug 15, 2014 1:27 PM
    Let’s see when u get popped against the Steelers!

    #bullybusters

    Please. Is Mike “12th Man” Tomlin planning to wander onto the field some more this year?
    Steve Smith would NOT have tried to avoid him.

  51. jukeboxhero101 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:20 PM

    so let’s see, is the “bullying way” and the “criminal way” the same thing?

  52. countmahdrof says: Aug 15, 2014 2:35 PM

    Incognito had to LOVE that quote as he sits home unemployed, while Martin immediately notified his agent to never even think of trading him to Baltimore.The NFL is nothing if not hypocritical.

  53. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 15, 2014 2:56 PM

    We take your lunch box. We take your sandwich. We take your juice box. We take your apple sauce. And we take your spork and we break it. And we leave you with an empty lunch.

    Got to admit. It made me laugh.

    And Steelers?

    Yeah, right.

    Couldn’t even take Tim Tebow’s lunch box.

  54. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 15, 2014 3:01 PM

    A key reason Smith went to Baltimore had to do with the mutual interest. Pittsburgh is loaded at WR (Antonio, Wheat, Justin, Lance, Martavis)- and Baltimore isn’t.

    It takes two to dance — and Pittsburgh showed no indication it wanted to be a willing dance partner. However, Baltimore most certainly did.

    Now, do you properly understand the distinction?

  55. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 15, 2014 3:17 PM

    The Ravens modeled themselves after the Steelers when they joined the league because the Steelers were the best team in the division THEN. The Ravens aren’t stuck in their ways like the Steelers and have managed to adapt to today’s game and are now the BETTER team. But thanks for reminding everyone about how the Steelers fans love to live in the past.

    Better by applauding and supporting a wife beater please. Bullying a woman might make you a good Raven, but it makes you a very small man. But hey that’s Baltimore for you.

  56. Bull Rush says: Aug 15, 2014 3:22 PM

    The words don’t matter to me as much, I get what he’s saying, its the attitude that I’m excited about and I hope it is infectious. Ravens missed this fire-in-the-belly talk last year.

  57. Bull Rush says: Aug 15, 2014 3:26 PM

    ialwayswantedtobeabanker

    Pretty sure Steve Smith signed with the Ravens before Steelers settled on Moore. That meant you had one proven guy, two unproved young guys, and about $3 in cap space.

    Now do you understand the distinction?

  58. scw1993 says: Aug 15, 2014 3:38 PM

    I have no doubt that several NFL teams will be bigger, better, and stronger than this garbage organization, and will bully them first…after they stop laughing at them.

  59. joejacks says: Aug 15, 2014 4:49 PM

    Let’s remind the Raven fans on here that the Steelers have won more games, division titles, AFC Championships, and Superbowls for the past 10 years. So we do to have to go way back in the past we are in the current decade or era of football.

    Cannot wait to watch The Steelers beat the Ravens twice this year. Maybe three times if the Ravens are lucky this year.

  60. phluffyclouds says: Aug 15, 2014 9:32 PM

    Still hard to see 89 in anything but Black& Blue.. Will just have to get used to it ..

    Side note, KB is looking pretty damn good so far.

  61. terryobitts says: Aug 16, 2014 12:18 AM

    its called INTENSE

  62. thesteelhurtin says: Aug 16, 2014 2:05 AM

    @ialwayswantedtobeabanker , You done?

    Yes that is 100% accurate what you said. But I don’t think anyone really cares. Smith didn’t make a Beeline to Pitt, he came to Baltimore.

    Thanks for your input though.

    __________________________
    Why would he go to the Steelers when the Steelers have zero need for him. Why would he go to a team where at best he was going to be the number 3 WR and with the way Justin Brown has been playing maybe number 4 as Lance Moore is finding out now. The Steelers draft and develop their own WRs probably better then any team in the league. Colbert and Tomlin just have an eye for talent when it comes to WRs so they don’t need to try and grab a 36 year old WR. Honeslty Moore could be looking at the 5th spot or a situational WR depending on how quickly Bryant develops. They have missed on 1 WR who just couldn’t get his head straight in Sweed and Sweed had the hard part down he could get open just couldn’t hang onto the football. I can’t think of one team that has had the success at drafting the WR spot recently then the Steelers.

  63. thesteelhurtin says: Aug 16, 2014 2:07 AM

    Pretty sure Steve Smith signed with the Ravens before Steelers settled on Moore. That meant you had one proven guy, two unproved young guys, and about $3 in cap space.

    Now do you understand the distinction?

    _________
    The Steelers were extremely confident in Wheaton and he is showing why also they knew they had Justin Brown putting in a ton of work in the off season and it has shown. When it comes to WRs why would you question the Steelers? The Ravens big claim to fame on WR is Torrey Smith who would be a number 2 on more teams then not in the NFL.

  64. bbwasright says: Aug 16, 2014 2:13 AM

    …and that is why everyone outside of the Baltimore area will continue to cheer against them game after game. There are a handful of teams that cultivate this kind of attitude. Their fans cheer it on, but they inevitably fall on their faces. And fans of every other team cheer a bit louder because of it.

  65. Ed Bandell says: Aug 16, 2014 8:48 AM

    Maybe the Steeler fans would like to comment on these players of theirs?

    Rashard Mendenhall, went to Twitter and defended Osama bin Laden, simultaneously morphing into a 9-11 truther.

    James Harrison, in a magazine interview, called the NFL commissioner a gay slur, a crook and a devil, while adding for good measure that Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was juiced out of his mind. He also called two former Patriots clowns and ripped his own teammates.

    Ben Roethlisberger, formerly accused of sexual assault. It led to numerous embarrassing moments for Roethlisberger and his team, but none more than at the NFL Draft. When it was time for the Steelers to make their selection fans began chanting: “She said no.”

    Tight end Jonathan Dekker was arrested for obstruction of justice. Santonio Holmes had numerous problems while a Steeler. Wide receiver Cedric Wilson had a domestic violence charge and was cut. Harrison was arrested in 2008 for domestic violence.

    In 2007, Najeh Davenport was charged with domestic violence. Linebacker Richard Seigler was arrested for being a pimp.

    I am not doing this in an effort to clear Ray Rice. I am doing this to remind the Steeler fans of their own troublemakers and maybe have them think a few times before they make a post.

  66. Ed Bandell says: Aug 16, 2014 9:18 AM

    By the way, as a message to any other fan of any other team out there that think their team is beyond reproach, I guarantee you I can find at least one player in the recent past on your squad that has been arrested for a crime of violence against a woman.

    This is a league-wide problem and needs to be addressed as such.

  67. thesteelhurtin says: Aug 16, 2014 9:53 AM

    @ Ed Bandell
    As you said every team has some bad guys on it. It’s the nature of the beast. The Steelers have done a lot to get rid of those guys with the exception of Pouncey though this thing in Miami is a complete joke and is going pretty quiet pretty quickly. Go google the Ben Roethlisberger incidents and when you read all the evidence like so few have actually done you will see that it was all them going after money. I don’t believe the Steelers have anybody arrested for crimes against woman. They cut Wilson and Rainey right away. Now that said I’m not one of these blind Steelers fans that says “The Steelers way” as Harrison had some issues with his ex but they do take that pretty serious.

  68. scoobies05 says: Aug 16, 2014 1:06 PM

    losing half your games and not making the playoffs is the new Steelers way. and Steelers fans who cheered for Hines ward all those years should not be making negative comments on Steve Smith

  69. scoobies05 says: Aug 16, 2014 5:25 PM

    hey hurtin. I agree with most of what you had to say. but the real reason Ben and rice were kept and the others cut, are that they are good players that the team has money invested in. really that’s the bottom line. it’s a business at the end of the day.

  70. Ed Bandell says: Aug 17, 2014 3:30 PM

    Hurtin,

    I will direct you to James Harrison….do you remember where the Steelers got him from?

    He was in camp with the Ravens and despite his promise he had too many blemishes and the Ravens got rid of him. He wasn’t worth the headaches.

    “….the nature of the beast….” Is not a valid argument of my statement to which you have applied it.

    I specifically said every single roster has a player in the recent past that has been arrested on domestic abuse or violence against women. Your Steelers are no exception.

  71. thesteelhurtin says: Aug 19, 2014 12:50 PM

    Ed Bandell says:
    Aug 17, 2014 3:30 PM
    Hurtin,

    I will direct you to James Harrison….do you remember where the Steelers got him from?

    He was in camp with the Ravens and despite his promise he had too many blemishes and the Ravens got rid of him. He wasn’t worth the headaches.

    “….the nature of the beast….” Is not a valid argument of my statement to which you have applied it.

    I specifically said every single roster has a player in the recent past that has been arrested on domestic abuse or violence against women. Your Steelers are no exception.

    ___________
    He was on the Steelers roster for two years before the Ravens for him it was more of it took him awhile to figure out how to play in the NFL and for coaches to look past his size. He didn’t cause any problems his first few years in the league.

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