Matt Elam: Instigator of the Decepticons
Apparently Matt Elam didn't get the Universal Studios memo:
Transformers jargon aside, I enjoy a good bark on occasion. But honestly, I had no idea who Matt Elam was until I read his response when asked how to defend Calvin 'Megatron' Johnson:
"He's a big guy, but he's older. I guess when they get older, they're not going to be as physical, you know what I'm saying? We're going to have to be physical, make him uncomfortable.''
Seriously? 28 is that old?
All of a sudden, I realize I must be on the verge of death at the ripe old age of 30. Fortunately, the laws of Logan's Run haven't kicked in yet.
Age aside, does Elam really think Calvin Johnson isn't that physical?
He's the biggest, toughest, and most physically intimidating wide receiver in the NFL. Ask any cornerback, safety, or defensive coordinator who'd pose the most problems for them. Their unanimous choice would be Calvin Johnson. He's the best receiver in the NFL with the proven ability to physically dominate and destroy anyone who lines up against him. In seven seasons, he's amassed over 9,000 yards receiving and 67 total touchdowns. At 6-5, he's a physical deity.
Is that enough evidence, Mr Elam,or do you need more?
I feel that as a young and athletic newcomer, Matt Elam is just trying to make a name for himself. He's trying to create a stir for a depleted Ravens secondary that just allowed a rookie wideout, Cordarrelle Patterson, to put up big numbers against them. Maybe this is how he hypes himself up for big games. The Ravens need to beat Detroit in order to stay in the hunt for the playoffs. On the flip side, Detroit needs to beat the Ravens in order to stay in the hunt for the playoffs, as well.
Adding a little smack talk is all in fun, but Matt Elam is barking up the wrong tree. I expect big things from Megatron on Sunday because, frankly, on a weekly basis, that's exactly what he does. Don't be surprised if Megatron has a monster game against the Ravens and puts this inexperienced, brash safety in his place with a nice stiffarm or a very nonchalant, two-touchdown, 150-yard receiving performance.
Better call for back up, Mr Elam, because Optimus Prime isn't available to stop this Decepticon.