Patriots Used As An Example (A good one)

One veteran defender talks about why his current team has a long way to go to be like the Patriots.

PHOTO: Trevor Pryce (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Ravens held their minicamp last week under first-year head coach John Harbaugh. To say the camp was different than the more relaxed atmosphere under the Ravens' previous head coach (Brian Billick) would be an understatement. The intensity of practice spilled over into a full-fledged brawl at one point.

That lack of control wasn't seen as a positive by one veteran in particular, defensive lineman Trevor Pryce. Pryce isn't buying into the hype that the extra emotion in minicamp will help the team win.

"Go ahead, wrestle each other, pull each other's facemasks, yeah, great, wonderful, have fun," Pryce told the Associated Press. "Now we gotta go play the Patriots. They won 18 straight football games. The Giants won the Super Bowl. Do we really have to prove we're all men?" Pryce said.

The Patriots and the Giants also recently held minicamps, with no such display of aggression or lack of discipline. Pryce who appeared in only 5 games for Baltimore last year due to injury, isn't buying the intensity excuse.

"What's more important, proving you're tough or proving we're a good football team? That's how I look at it.

After nine seasons in Denver, Pryce joined the Ravens as an unrestricted free agent in 2006. His first year in purple and black he was the team's sack leader (13), helping Baltimore to a 13-3 record and a spot in the playoffs. Last season, Pryce managed just two sacks as the team stumbled to a 5-11 record.

The veteran defender knows what it takes to win. He's been on two Super Bowl winning teams (1998-99) and has 4 Pro Bowls to his credit. Maybe his teammates should spend more time emulating Pryce's practice routine than trying to show how tough they are.


Derek Anderson #3 of the Cleveland Browns is sacked by Trevor Pryce #90 of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium December 17, 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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