Allen Fires Back at Oher

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen took some shots at Michael Oher on Monday.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, October 19th, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The war of words between Ravens rookie offensive tackle Michael Oher and defensive end Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings continued on Monday.

Oher faced the toughest test of his young career in Sunday’s 33-31 loss to the Vikings, as he was flagged for two false start penalties, and Allen ran free at quarterback Joe Flacco for one sack and knocked him down twice more. 

Afterwards, Oher was asked about Allen, who is third in the league with 7.5 sacks.

“In the second half, I feel like I shut him out,” Oher said. “There is nothing really special about him. I think if we played them [in Baltimore], it would make a big difference. The false starts were just mistiming the snap.”

“I think he found out I’m an OK player,” the rookie added. “Guy makes like $100 million. I think I did all right.”

It’s $73.2 million, but who’s counting?  

For that big of a challenge, the Ravens believe it was a positive performance.

Apparently, Allen did not.  Following the game, Allen said some nice things about Oher, but when he heard about what Oher said, the Viking got aggressive on Monday’s After Party with Jay Glazer on FOXSports.com.

“Well that’s just some idiot trying to talk himself up,” Allen said. “I beat that dude like a red-headed step child, let’s be honest. If he was so good why did they have to chip me all day? Ask him that. That’s just a rookie trying to build his self confidence up.

“Besides, you lost and your quarterback spent his whole day on the back of his head until the fourth quarter. That guy [Oher] will watch film today and realize. Everybody else in the world saw me abuse him.”

Geez…

That being said, Oher held his own in one of the hardest buildings in which to play.  The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was packed to the brim, and nearly all of the 63,669 fans in attendance were screaming at the top of their lungs.

I can attest.  It was loud, which makes it tough for offensive linemen to get in synch with the snap count and must be a factor in concentration.

“I thought it was a tough, tough environment,” said head coach John Harbaugh.  “That’s as good a front and as good a player as there is in the National Football League.  [Allen is] a relentless player, and there was huge crowd noise.  I thought [Oher] acquitted himself well.”

Even though the Vikings amassed nine quarterback hits and three sacks, Flacco was happy with his protection, especially in the fourth quarter, where the Ravens roared back from a 17-point deficit with three touchdown drives.

“I think [Oher] did a great job,” Flacco said on Monday.  ”The whole offensive line did a great job. They have a good pass rush. They have a good front seven. They’re able to stop the run well. When they want to come after you, they get after you. You’re going to have tough games like that, but I think our offensive line did a great job holding up.

“I think it showed late in the game. I think we had those guys worn out a little bit. It was a little bit too little too late.”

Guys, can’t we all just get along?

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