By BRIAN LANDMAN
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 26, 2001
David "Deacon" Jones played for 11 years with the Los Angeles Rams (1961-71), where he became known as one of the most dominating defensive ends in NFL history, and finished a brilliant Hall of Fame career with two seasons in San Diego and one in Washington. He is a spokesman for the national hypertension awareness program, Have a Heart. He recently talked to staff writer Brian Landman about the Ravens-Giants matchup.
I like the New York Giants. I think the Giants have the best balance, I really do. They have an equally good defense and a better offense than the Ravens and I think they have better special teams, too. And I think that's going to be the difference.
The Giants must protect the football, because that's why the Ravens are here; they got here by taking fumbles and interceptions into the end zone because their offense doesn't score points.
When you don't score a touchdown in 21 quarters, you wonder sometimes if you're a qualified NFL offense. That just can't be.
They play great defense. I'm not taking anything away from them because they have. But they're not the greatest defensive unit in the history of the game and I'm sick and tired of hearing you critics say that.
How can you overlook the Pittsburgh Steelers who won four Super Bowls?
How can you overlook the Miami Dolphins who won them all; they were the best in the history of the game in 1972 and they went over me to do it.
This team here, they haven't even finished the season yet and you're already ranking them the greatest of all time. That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of.