Kruger expecting to have breakout game against 49ers

January 30, 2013 | WNST Staff

LINEBACKER PAUL KRUGER

(on being given a compliment by a right tackle on the 49ers) “I appreciate the compliment. I would tell him that he’s probably one of the most aggressive tackles I’ve seen play, so I definitely have a lot of respect for him. I think it’s going to be a good matchup.”

 

(on practicing today) “It’s hard to focus on everything at once. All the media stuff and the extracurricular action, it makes it enjoyable but at the same time we’re down here to win a game so we’re anxious to get out there and start practicing.”

 

(on the journey to the Super Bowl) “It’s been a roller coaster to say the least. We’ve had times in the season when it seems like people were losing hope, and even us as players were doubting ourselves. And then we’ve had good times when we’ve won big games and had players come up and make huge plays to change our season. The fact that we’re ending here in New Orleans is just a perfect scenario for us and we couldn’t ask for a better situation.”

 

(on the buildup over past years of not making the Super Bowl) “I think there was build up. We’ve felt like that for a long time. Every home game you play in Baltimore you just feel the electricity that the city has. We’ve been able to carry that through the season and on our away games. Playoffs were big. Winning those last two games we played was just really special. We felt blessed and honored to be here, so it’s just a good time for us and I think Ray is right. It is our time and we’re pretty focused on the task at hand.”

 

(on Ray Lewis saying his teammates wouldn’t be distracted by yesterday’s accusations) “I think Ray is right. I was talking to Ray the other day and saying, ‘Man, I don’t know how you deal with it.’ He’s just a guy who’s overcome so much in his life and he’s had a career that speaks for itself. He’s a special person and a special player and I respect him. He’s a brother to me. I don’t know much about the situation. I haven’t heard that much. It’s not going to be a distraction at all.”

 

(on the media circus around Ray Lewis) “Me and Ray are really close. We’re good friends. He’s like a brother to me. To see it all on TV and to hear about it all, it’ll really lift your spirit. Some of it’s been negative. You can see the flaws, but there’s just so much and it’s something that we deal with really well and I think our team is used to. At this point we’re pretty focused on the game.”

 

(on Ray Lewis being a player who is capable of handling the media) “Absolutely. He’s the guy for the job. He’s been through a lot and has had a great career and has experienced the lows and the highs, so he knows how to deal with that.”

 

(on his own impact on the game) “It’s been something I’ve looked forward to for a really long time. I can’t wait to get out there on the field and start experiencing the flow of the game. It’s going to be just like any other game, but there’s a little more hype and attention around it, so I’m pretty excited.”

 

(on his assignment this week) “It’s going to change. Different plays in the defense will require you to do different things. Your assignment might change from one day to the next. It boils down to everybody doing their assignment and doing it well and making plays.”

 

(on whether or not this will be a breakout game for him) “Definitely. Anybody who has a big game in this tough environment is going to get a lot of attention. I think I could definitely have a big game. We’ll see how it goes.”

 

(on who the best athlete is on the Ravens) “Besides myself, I’d have to go with either Tyrod Taylor…well, top three is me, Tyrod Taylor and Haloti Ngata. Tyrod is just explosive. He’s the guy – I think he’s probably right around six foot – who can dunk a basketball any way you want him to. He’s shifty. He’s fast. He’s just kind of one of those guys who can just do anything. Haloti (Ngata) – a guy who’s 350 (pounds), a giant man – can move like he’s a running back. It’s very rare to see somebody at that size be so athletic. Sam Cook is also really athletic. He has a lot of skill. He can pick up a golf club. He can play basketball, baseball, and just do anything.”

 

(on the best athlete he’s ever played with) “It would have to be somebody on this team. I’m not sure.”

 

(on the best athlete in the NFL today) “Best overall athlete, a guy who can do anything? From what I’ve heard, Calvin Johnson, he seems like a ridiculous athlete. I don’t know. I’d have to give it to one of those tall receivers who fly around and played all types of sports.”

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