Mike Wallace's first two days in Baltimore have been more eventful than his entire year spent in Minnesota. With the Vikings, Wallace caught 39 passes for 473 yards and two touchdowns. Since he signed a contract with the Ravens on Tuesday, Wallace has already appeared in more headlines than he did all of last season.
The headlines began at his opening press conference, when Wallace explained his decision to join the Ravens.
"When this process started, I knew that I wasn't going back to Minnesota. I was like, 'I need a good quarterback. I need a quarterback who I know is proven and can get things done,'" Wallace said, per the Baltimore Sun.
He also said something dumb about the color purple, but the golden line is the quarterback line, because it came at Teddy Bridgewater's expense. By saying he didn't want to return to Minnesota (it was reportedly on the table) because he wanted to play with a "good quarterback," Wallace was implying that Bridgewater isn't a "good quarterback."
But, on Wednesday, Wallace defended Bridgewater and tried to explain his comments.
"I loved my coaches and teammates in Minnesota. I would never say anything negative about Teddy -- that's my guy beyond football," Wallace told USA Today via text message. "I already talked to Teddy. We are A1."
Then he elaborated on his friendship with Bridgewater and called him a "great young QB."
"I love Teddy like a brother and I will still hang out with him," Wallace said. "Just because we (are) not on the same team doesn't mean the love isn't there. It's bigger than the game of football.
"He's a great young QB. I said that the whole time I was there. The way he handled (himself) on the field -- I have much respect for him and I know as the time goes on, they will unleash him and he will show why he was in the discussion to be the No. 1 pick."
Wallace also added that he picked the Ravens because "they give me the best chance to get back making the plays that I want to." And really, that's what Wallace should've said in the first place instead of his "good quarterback" line.
Wallace is a better suited for Baltimore because its offense and quarterback, Joe Flacco, aren't opposed to taking shots down the field. And Wallace, a burner, wants to go deep. In Minnesota, Bridgewater infrequently throws down the field in the Vikings' run-first offense.
That certainly doesn't mean Bridgewater isn't as good (I mean, elite) of a quarterback as Flacco, but it certainly made Wallace a poor fit -- nearly as poor as his un-elite word choice.