Ravens FB Vonta Leach on start to season: “It was good to go out there and get the jump on a divisional opponent”

September 16, 2011 | Ryan Chell

Vonta Leach

Vonta Leach has only been in a Ravens uniform for one time in a Baltimore-Pittsburgh grudge match, but his impact certainly showed in the Ravens’ 35-7 victory Sunday.

Leach was one of the integral pieces for running back Ray Rice rushing for 107 yards and a touchdown, and the Ravens rushing for a game-high 170 yards against Pittsburgh, and he joined Glenn Clark on “The Reality Check” to talk about the win and his fellow backfield mate’s performance.

“You know Ray Rice obviously being a Pro-Bowl player even before I got here…he knows how the run the ball.”

While several of the Ravens this week are still reliving the win, Leach was all business and beating the Steelers seemed new to him with the lack of familiarity.

“It was good to go out there and get the jump on a divisional opponent,” Leach said. “You’re just glad to get the win on Sunday.”

But he feels like if he continues to have that familiarity with Rice and the rest of the offensive line, those wins are going to keep on coming.

“With McKinnie, Oher, Grubbs, Birk, Yanda, there are a lot of veterans up there,” Leach said. “Communication is key and we have a lot of stuff to communicate.”

“You always talk about plays in practice,” Leach continued. “Whether it’s on or off the practice field, we’re always talking.”

However, Leach had a little bit more to talk about the Ravens next opponent in the Tennessee Titans- a team he went up against twice a year when he was with the Houston Texans from 2006-2010. In a sense, he has been a good source for Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on how to best attack their defense.

“I’ve been telling the guys about some of the players they have on this team, and what they like to do,” Leach said. “I’m kind of familiar with them.”

He knows them-and their aggressive defensive line-all too well.

“They always have it coming with their front four,” Leach noted. “They like to get out there [and they] would blitz their safeties and stuff like that.  We just have to be ready still to protect Flacco and give him some time to get the ball off.”

The biggest concern on Leach’s part? Feeling too good about the Pittsbugh win and taking the Tennessee Titans for granted.

“From the best team to the worst team, every team has a lot of good players so week in and week out, it’s going to be a battle.”

WNST thanks Vonta Leach for joining us! Be sure to tune in to WNST Sunday for your Nasty Purple Pre & Post-Game Show two hours before and after Sunday vs. the Titans! WNST-We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!

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