Aldon Smith says no Ravens scare him

January 31, 2013 | WNST Staff

LINEBACKER ALDON SMITH

 

(on how well the defense has been playing) “We’ve just been able to put games together and go out there and play good football. I think everybody is playing at a real high form right now, so we’re all in a pretty good spot.”

 

(on the transition from college to the NFL) “It was really just developing as a player. I think in college I could do certain moves and get (to the quarterback) a little bit easier, but at this level, you have to have a repertoire of moves and countermoves for your moves. It was really just developing new moves and new ways to get back there.”

 

(on whether he would say his speed-rush is hit go-to move) “I like power. I pride myself on being physical and punching people in the chest, so I play power. Then I can move on from there.”

 

(on which one of Baltimore’s players scares him) “Nobody scares me. They have some guys that might cause threats, that may make big plays – (Joe) Flacco, (Ray) Rice and Torrey Smith, so we’ll keep our heads up.”

 

(on if he cares what Beyonce sings at halftime) “No, I don’t really care what she sings. She’s a great artist. She does a great job. I kind of wish I could watch it, but I’m alright.”

 

(on whether he likes playing on field turf) “Definitely. You can feel the speed a little bit differently and you don’t have to worry about slipping as much. It’s football, so we’ll see.”

 

(on facing Bryant McKinnie) “He’s a big guy, so you have to make sure he doesn’t get his hands on you.”

 

(on if the Super Bowl atmosphere is what he expected) “I’ve been enjoying it. It’s what I expected. A lot of people are here. It’s an exciting time (and) one of the biggest moments in sports, so it’s a good time.”

 

(on defending against Joe Flacco) “(We have to) make his throws hard, confuse his looks, take away his options, (and) of course, hit him and get pressure on him.”

 

(on if they can take advantage of Joe Flacco’s lack of mobility) “I think that’s definitely something we can take advantage of, not playing somebody who runs as well as the quarterbacks we have faced – get back there, make him uncomfortable and knock him around.”

 

(on the similarities between Baltimore and San Francisco’s linebacker groups) “There are a lot of playmakers. They have a lot of playmakers. We have a lot of playmakers.”

 

(on whether he sees himself as similar to Terrell Suggs) “We both can get to the quarterback. I think I stole his stance. I think we can both get to the quarterback and I think we can both make plays out there.”

 

(on yesterday’s practice) “Yesterday, we put a really good practice together – I can honestly say one of our best practices of the whole year. If we keep putting practices like that together, I’m feeling great.”

 

(on what made yesterday’s practice so good) “It was just the energy, the vibe and everything was done really well. I’ll say it was like the perfect day. Everybody did a good job.”

 

(on his 5.5-sack game against Chicago this season) “Everything was working. Everything was going right. I was working moves, got in the zone and everything I was doing was working. It felt good and I felt like I was honestly doing something right. It was working out.”

 

(on what he will do on Sunday prior to the game) “I’ll probably play some video games, see if I can find a good movie – something to keep my mind calm and stay focused at the same time.”

 

(on if he has had a lot of downtime with the week off) “Not really. We’ve been so busy with practicing, media, and all kinds of things, so it’s not like there’s been a lot of downtime. It’s been a long time since we’ve stepped on the field, but it hasn’t really been that long.”

 

(on whether Joe Flacco’s ability to throw the ball deep makes the pass rush more important ) “I think it makes it that much more important. With a quarterback that can stretch the field like that and the receivers he has to throw it to, it’s definitely important that we get pressure on him.”

 

(on stopping Ray Rice) “Ray Rice does a good job being eusive back there. (He is) able to use his shifty moves to get away from a lot of tackles, so we have to make sure we gang tackle and play as a team.”

 

(on what Ray Lewis has meant to the game) “A lot. He’s definitely been that man at his spot that has done it and changed it for a lot of years. He’s good for the game. He’s made a lot of plays. He’s Ray Lewis.”

 

(on if he dreamed of playing in the Super Bowl as a kid) “Yes, I did actually. Now that I’ve been here, it’s a dream come true. The next step is just winning it.”

 

(on how they came back from a 17-0 deficit at Atlanta in the NFC Championship game) “We never gave up on each other. We knew what our goal was, and that was wanting to get to this game. Everybody was really focused and believed that we could really win, so I think us just going out there and putting a full game together was a thing – not just a couple quarters. We started the game a little rough, but we were able to finish it strong.”

 

(on if he saw that some of the Atlanta players get flustered during their comeback in the NFC Championship game) “You could see it. We were coming back. I think they could feel that we wanted it a little more. They just noticed that. It probably contributed to why they lost the game.”

 

(on if he feels Atlanta choked in the NFC Championship game) “We’re a good team, so it’s not like they got beat by some chump team. We’re a team that plays hard. We work and we’re a good team.”

 

(on what makes Head Coach Jim Harbaugh a good coach) “I think he gets us all ready to play. We enjoy playing for him. He puts good game plans together and the results just come out like that.”

 

(on what aspects are important in stopping Joe Flacco) “You have to make sure you get some pressure on him because he has a good arm and some receivers who can make some big plays.”

 

(on how Ray Rice helps Joe Flacco) “I think Ray helps him out a lot because not only can he hand it off to him, but he can throw it to him on that last checkdown. They can make plays like that.”

 

(on how he can affect the quarterback without sacking him) “The quarterback feels the pressure, every time. He might not go down with the ball in his hands, but he might throw a bad throw, throw it to the wrong receiver, force something bad, or if I’m not getting to him, someone else (might).”

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