A.J. Brown: Pregame altercation “set the tone of the game”

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Some will say that the pregame pleasantries exchaned by Titans players and Ravens coaches meant nothing once of the game began. One of the key players in the game says otherwise.

“They set the tone of the game from being out there from doing just that,” Brown told PFT by phone after Tennessee’s dramatic overtime win, regarding the decision of coach John Harbaugh to approach a group of Titans players who were on the Baltimore crest at midfield. “They told us what type of game it was going to be. It was gonna be a physical game. People don’t think that that matters, but it definitely does.”

The incident left Brown stunned.

“The coach just came over there and I was like, ‘Did he really?’ . . . I was just in the way. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was trying to keep the peace, you know, because they’re coaches, not like they’re players. I was just trying to keep everybody calm and separate everybody and get ready to play. Things were heated.”

Brown isn’t sure what sparked the fracas.

“Some words were said, and they said some words back. They kind of rushed the field like they were players. They definitely set the tone of the game. That’s when we what type of game it was gonna be, from right then.”

That’s the kind of game it was. The Ravens controlled the action in the first half, but the Titans were relentless — thanks in part to Brown’s relentless effort once the ball is in his hands.

20 responses to “A.J. Brown: Pregame altercation “set the tone of the game”

  1. Brown and Davis stepped up big time in the second half. The Ravens should be embarrassed at the way Brown went through them for the TD … they will take it out on Pitts

  2. This is turning out to be as fun as the Titans/Ravens of the early 2000’s..two teams that royally hate each other, The Raven’s really come off as smug just as their coach personifies for them to be and I really get a kick out of watching Vrabel get the best of Harbaugh

  3. Raven’s are a paper tiger. Lamar Jackson turning from Action Jackson into WACKO JACKO … Baltimore will end up 8/8 and out of playoff’s

  4. Baltimore is soft it’s really that simple. They put up this big facade like they’re the big bad Ravens of the mid 2000s, and they’re nowhere near that intimidating. Add to that the fact they have a running back playing quarterback, and you have a team that will be lucky to win 9 games

  5. The Titans aren’t afraid of the Ravens – why would they be? They’ve run over them twice in their own building.

  6. I can only imagine all the whining by Harbaugh in his post-game presser blaming the loss on the refs and anything else he can think of.

  7. NFLhistorybuff68 says: ” Ravens will take it out on Pittsburgh” Say what? The Ravens ship is sinking – they’ve dropped behind Cleveland & their defense scares NO ONE. Sore loser Harbaugh will probably avoid Tomlin after that game, just like he did to Vrabel.

  8. It used to be Ray Lewis vs Eddie George! Ravens rivalry used to be Tennessee and Jacksonville! Then realignment happened!

  9. I don’t like Harbaugh, but a lot of the unlikable players aren’t on the Ravens anymore. I would genuinely like to see Lamar succeed. That being said, Harbaugh can be so abrasive that it is easy to root against him.

  10. There’s a bunch of loose cannons (including the coaches) on the Ravens. They have 4 days to fix it. The game against the Steelers is a fork in the road. Everything is pointing against them Thanksgiving night, but I bet they respond with a big game.

  11. The Ravens have SERIOUS KEY injuries (Williams, Campbell and Stanley) and I honestly don’t think they have an internal solution. This week is an important game. We need to split the season with the Steelers for some kind of playoff tie breaker verse other AFC teams. Our schedule is soft enough to go 10-6 with a loss this week and one more after that. But if we lose any more games after the Steelers, we don’t deserver the playoffs. We need Williams and Campbell back ASAP.

  12. That’s the difference between a coach like Harbaugh and a coach like Belichick. Harbaugh goes out onto the field and confronts the Titans directly. Belichick would stay right where he is, but would use what happened to further motivate his players. There’s a reason one of them is going to the Hall Of Fame, and the other one isn’t.

  13. pioniere says:
    November 23, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    That’s the difference between a coach like Harbaugh and a coach like Belichick. Harbaugh goes out onto the field and confronts the Titans directly. Belichick would stay right where he is, but would use what happened to further motivate his players. There’s a reason one of them is going to the Hall Of Fame, and the other one isn’t.

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    Sure, but Belichek wouldn’t have had that opportunity for motivation since the whole thing was started by the Ravens coaches yelling at the Titans players.

  14. pioniere says:
    November 23, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    That’s the difference between a coach like Harbaugh and a coach like Belichick. Harbaugh goes out onto the field and confronts the Titans directly. Belichick would stay right where he is, but would use what happened to further motivate his players. There’s a reason one of them is going to the Hall Of Fame, and the other one isn’t.
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    Perhaps Tom Brady had a little something to do with the coach going to the HOF. As soon as Tommy left, I guess he forgot how to motivate his team. Come to think of it, the “motivation” began the moment Tommy took over at QB. Now Andy Reid is the great “motivator” You don’t think that has anything to do with Mahomes, do you?

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