Reggie Wayne Should Worry About Punchless Offense, Not Ray Lewis' Dance Moves

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IJanuary 8, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 06: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during a game against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 6, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Count Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne as one observer who wasn't amused by the Baltimore Ravens' final home embrace to future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis

According to WNDE-AM's Jake Query, Wayne viewed Lewis coming back onto the field and dancing during the final kneel down Sunday as "disrespectful."

"I saw it as disrespectful," Wayne said Monday. "They'd already had a tribute every quarter."

With Baltimore up 24-9 in the fourth quarter and the Colts out of timeouts, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh brought Lewis onto the field for the final play of the win. Lined up deep in the backfield, Lewis broke out into his signature dance after the ball was snapped. 

Lewis, who proclaimed before Sunday's game that this season would be his final ride in the NFL, soaked up every second of his last ever home game in Baltimore. 

A 16-year career, played exclusively in Baltimore, more than warranted Lewis' final display Sunday. He took a final lap around M&T Stadium just for good measure. 

While Wayne had every right to sound off on his own opinion of the final dance, the simple fact remains that the Colts' inability to score touchdowns Sunday gave Lewis the opportunity to dance on the final play of a winning effort. 

Wayne caught nine passes for 114 yards, but the Colts went 0-for-3 scoring touchdowns in the red zone, instead settling for three field goals in a nine-point scoring effort. Indianapolis squandered opportunity after opportunity in the second half that could have made the game interesting. 

Certainly, an inspiring and unexpected season coming to end Sunday contributed to Wayne's feelings about the dance the following day.

However, if there's any player in the NFL that has earned a right to cherish his last few moments on the field that he helped build, it's Lewis.

Maybe a better effort from Wayne and the offense could have prevented such a display.