OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens' defense intends to spend much of Sunday afternoon harassing New England quarterback Tom Brady and burying him in the pocket.
Until that time, the game plan is evidently to smother him with praise.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has a self-imposed gag order heading into the AFC title game. In the past, Suggs suggested that Brady's two Super Bowl wins were "questionable" and complained about the preferential treatment the quarterback received from officials.
Suggs backtracked Wednesday, saying, "I've gotten over it." He said of Brady: "I respect him."
Suggs and the Ravens know their best chance of winning Sunday and advancing to the Super Bowl rests in stopping Brady, who tossed six touchdown passes last week in a 45-10 of Denver.
Brady is 4-1 lifetime against Baltimore.