Watching the game at home, the noted special-teamer took issue with Tom Brady's ability to snap the ball before opponents were ready.
"Are you watching the game pats vs texans?" Ayanbadejo tweeted. "If so you see the hurry snap offense catch em b4 they set up. It's a gimmick. Their offense is good enough to be successful with out that. ...
And then: "In a sport that is predicated on mano y mano, 'lets hurry up n snap it ' = bitchassness," he wrote.
It's safe to say these comments will get some play during the week. Let's get our thoughts out of the way:
- It's surprising that such a media-savvy player like Ayanbadejo doesn't realize Twitter essentially is a press conference for players. He probably wouldn't say these things with a microphone in front of him.
- His argument is odd. It essentially says that all no-huddle offenses are cheap. In a sport where every team is trying to gain the slightest advantage, quick-snapping the ball seems pretty tame.
- That brings us to Spygate. It seems ridiculous to bring up the controversy in this context, but it's actually not that crazy. The Patriots are an organization that seeks minor advantages in a million different creative ways. Their Oregon-influenced offense is an example. Spygate was another example; it just crossed a serious line.
UPDATE: Brady was asked about Ayanbadejo's comments during his Monday radio appearance on WEEI-AM.
Brady went on to use more Patriots boilerplate, saying that it's best if they just focus on their own business.