Keyshawn Johnson is a hired mouthpiece, paid on his ability to talk smack from the comfort of an analyst chair. The same analyst chair once occupied by Rush Limbaugh, so that should tell you how much value accompanies the gig.
Anyway, Johnson alluded to Derrick Mason and the Ravens’ receivers being bums. Despite the appearance in the AFC Championship Game in ‘08, despite positioning Joe Flacco for one of the best rookie seasons for a quarterback in league history, they are bums. Okay, we get it. It’s a ratings hustle.
Shortly thereafter, Flacco and the Bums aired it out in a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Keyshawn Johnson is the bum, that’s why he’s in the analyst seat. He tried to come back to football but no one would sign him. He was never that good a player. He got lucky and signed on in Tampa Bay and won a Super Bowl because they had a great defense.
“Just look at the two people doing the criticizing, that’s all I’m saying. Keyshawn was overrated and Carter is in the same boat I’m in. He doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring either. He’s in the analyst seat without a ring. At least I’m playing. He still wants to play but he can’t anymore. We’re the bums? That’s why you’re in the analyst seat. Just be quiet and keep dreaming you still could play.”
Check and mate.
No one would dare call the Ravens receiving corps the top flight in the league, but everyone would admit that Cam Cameron and Joe Flacco have brought something out of the crew that makes them a threat to score deep or on long scoring drives.
But it’s different for Baltimore. Why? Because the defenders are personally outgoing enough to draw attention to the whole squad? Because the receivers are humble guys who don’t need all of the attention other diva receivers need to thrive?
Enough. Until this group is dropping passes left and right, or failing to meet expectations like the team down the road, ease up off of them. On second thought, don’t. Just keep talking while the Ravens maintain elite status.
The moral of the story, if there is even a story to be told, is not to criticize people doing what you wish you could do.