Baltimore Ravens linebacker Roquan Smith surely had some thoughts to share ahead of the AFC North divisional clash between the Flock and the Cleveland Browns.
Turns out the Browns didn't like those comments, took them as "bulletin board" material, seemingly entered Week 4 fired up because of them... and all they ended up doing was putting up a stinker in a 28-3 loss to the Ravens on their home turf. LOL.
"You're going into essentially another man's house, and you're trying to take over. His wife, kids, [and] everyone is there to watch them. So, we're going over there to beat their tails in front of their wife and kids."- Roquan Smith before Week 4
Smith said "You're going into essentially another man's house, and you're trying to take over," and that's precisely what the linebacker and the rest of his teammates did in beating Cleveland easily and giving the Browns not a single chance to come back from behind.
The Ravens only allowed three points to Cleveland, limited them to a measly 166 total yards on offense, and dumped 28 points on the self-crowned "best defense" in the NFL. Perhaps those dudes aren't that great after all?
Smith said after the game "Honestly, if you need bulletin board material in this game to go play the game a different way, you're playing the game for the wrong reasons."
After trouncing the Browns, he kept the conversation going but he just dropped a hammer on everything the Browns once seemed to be interested in doing by cutting Smith's production short. Of course, they couldn't get even close to that on Sunday.
"Honestly, I don't really care how people take things out of context," Smith said."
"I don't need anybody to say anything for me, because guess what? When that whistle blows, I'm going 100 miles an hour all game long, and regardless of what someone says, 'Ro' is going to play the same way."- Roquan Smith, after Week 4
We all already knew Smith to be a poet and a treasure, but the leader of the Ravens' defense just keeps leveling up to no end.
"When that whistle blows, I'm going 100 miles an hour all game long," Smith started. "And regardless of what someone says, 'Ro' is going to play the same way."
Smith finished Week 4 with 10 tackles (one of those for a loss of yardage) leading all Ravens on that front. He defended two passes successfully (which he was close to also intercepting on top of that) and he hit rookie QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson once to put the cherry on top of his performance.
The Browns hoped that wasn't the case on Sunday, but that was never going to happen. They also decided to not put on even the slightest of efforts to put together an offense capable of driving Smith and the rest of the Flock mad, and they paid for that.
Ravens 28, Browns 3. How about that for a bulleting board?