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Veteran cornerback says Ravens interested in signing him

Posted on 22 June 2015 by Luke Jones

At a time of year when most free agents have at least found a home for training camp, veteran cornerback Tarell Brown says the Ravens are one of several teams showing interest in his services.

A former starter with the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders, the 30-year-old told Sirius XM NFL Radio over the weekend that Baltimore was one of four teams who have expressed interest in signing him on the open market. He started 14 games last year in his only season with the Raiders, making 55 tackles and four pass breakups.

Brown spent the previous seven seasons with the 49ers, starting 47 games and collecting 11 interceptions. He was a starting cornerback against the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, making three tackles and forcing a fumble.

Already anticipating the healthy returns of starters Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb, general manager Ozzie Newsome boosted the Ravens’ veteran depth at cornerback this offseason by signing former New England Patriots slot cornerback Kyle Arrington and former Indianapolis Colt Cassius Vaughn to compete with the likes of Rashaan Melvin, Asa Jackson, and Tramain Jacobs. Newsome hasn’t shied away from adding veteran cornerbacks over the summer in recent years as he signed Aaron Ross and Dominique Franks following last June’s minicamp.

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CB Brown says 49ers will have “multiple guys” play Ray Rice

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff



(on containing Ray Rice) “Just have multiple guys play him. We have linebackers who can cover. A lot of teams don’t have linebackers that can run like that. We have guys who can run sideline-to-sideline and they can also fill holes. The biggest thing for us is to just know where he’s at on the field, guys to know their responsibilities and guys to win those matchups.”


(on stopping Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta in the red zone) “It’s just a matchup game. Boldin is doing a great job of getting separation on guys, using his strength (and) using his body. (Joe) Flacco is throwing the ball pretty high to where only receivers can get it. Guys just have to challenge them to make plays.”


(on how the team stays so even-keeled) “We don’t sweat. I think the biggest thing about this team is that we don’t sweat. We understand the situation. We understand what got us here. To have confidence in ourselves, we will always have that and we understand that.”


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Niners CB Brown expects “balanced” attack from Ravens offense

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff



(on Super Bowl week) “It’s fun. I think we’ve been here two days. I’m excited, I’m soaking the moment up, but at the same time, I’m prepared. You come here, you have fun for a little bit, but it’s time to get back to work.”


(on what jumps out to him from the Ravens’ offense) “Balanced attack, guys that are physical, guys that can run, and an aggressive team.”


(on playing against the Ravens’ wide receivers) “I’m excited. Excited for the opportunity to go against those guys. I think it’s going to be very competitive out there. A lot of people are going to watch. They’re definitely going to take their shots, they’re definitely going to come after us, but we look forward to it. I think we’ll stand up to the challenge. Let the best man win.”


(on the team’s increased success in recent years) “It’s a good feeling. Any time you get a chance to get this great organization back on track to where it was in their hayday, it’s always a positive. We just want to live up to the other guys and do what’s best for the organization and make everybody proud.”


(on if he knows whom he will be matched up against) “No, we’re just on one side of the field. It just kind of depends on the call, but most of the time, I’ll be on the right side.”


(on Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith being different types of receivers) “Yeah, most definitely. You can’t play those guys the same. They’re two different players, but the good thing about it is that they’re both good players. They’re both competitive, both going to get the ball thrown to them. Flacco does a great job of spreading the ball around, getting the ball in playmakers’ hands. A lot of people don’t realize that these guys get a lot of yards after the catch. Guys aren’t really tackling them. So, we have to do a great job of swarm tackling and guys getting to the football.”


(on his thoughts on recent rule changes and how they affect cornerbacks) “It’s tough, period, for defensive players. I think it makes it a lot harder, but at the same time, the league is doing a great job of trying to implement different rules and find different ways to keep people aware of players’ safety. The NFL is going a good job of that. That’s all you really can do. It’s a violent game, but at the same time, we want to play the game the right way and the clean way.”


(on if he has had to change his technique with the rule changes) “Yeah, you have to. No launching. I think a lot of times, when guys are defenseless receivers, it’s not that you’re trying to launch or trying to hurt anybody, you’re just trying to make a good tackle. From there, you want to go lower, so you don’t get those fines, that you don’t hurt yourself or hurt someone else.”


(on how the players dealt with the quarterback change in the locker room) “We support coach’s decision. That’s never our decision. As players, we just kind of go out and play. Coach made the decision he made. We have two starting quarterbacks. It’s unfortunate that Alex (Smith) got hurt at the time he did, but ‘Kaep’ took advantage of the opportunity and made the most of it. That’s how this league is. If you get an opportunity, you just want to put your best foot forward and take advantage of it.”


(on if the read-option and pistol formation can work in the NFL long-term) “I think so. It’s definitely a change up. It’s not something that you use in an every-down situation. It’s definitely a change up, just like any formation or any set would be. I think it’s definitely something that can be around for a while.”


(on the defense’s first priority when defending a read-option team) “Hit them in the mouth, to be honest with you. Be physical. Try to change it up as much as you can. Maybe one play, the end might have the pitch or maybe another play, the end might have the quarterback.”


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Niners CB Brown knows Ravens bring “very explosive” offense

Posted on 28 January 2013 by WNST Staff


(on if the Ravens are a chatty team in regards to motivating one another) “No, not really. I think that’s just the way they motivate their team and everybody feeds off that. They do a great job of communicating with their team and that’s what helps them. So, whatever works for them, that’s good.”

(on if the 49ers practice the same type of motivation) “No, not really. I think everybody is accountable for themselves. If they have something to say, they’ll say something, but for the most part we all motivate ourselves and just go out and perform.”

(on if there was a lot of trash talking last time they played Baltimore) “It’s always trash talking on the football field. Everybody’s competitive. Everybody wants to go out there and put their best foot forward and everybody wants to win. So, it’s always going to be trash talk, but nothing crazy.”

(on Aldon Smith and why he deserves team MVP) “His play speaks for itself. He’s been dominant every time he’s in there. He’s been dominant coming off the edge. He’s been dominant stopping the run, dominant rushing the passer. So he’s been doing a lot of great things that’s helped our team win a lot of games. I definitely think he’s up there for the MVP as well.”

(on Aldon Smith struggling to get sacks as of late and what he has seen him doing over the last couple of weeks) “He’s doing a great job still. A lot of guys are chipping him. A lot of guys are squeezing to him. A lot of guys are really pretty much double teaming him, so that happens. Other guys are getting free. Other guys are making plays and that’s the thing about football. We’re a very unselfish team and that’s what we need, guys that can come out and demand double teams and get other guys free as well.”

(on what it has been like watching San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick develop and if it has been fun to see) “Just to watch him grow as a player, I think going against him every day when he was a backup, we saw the potential. We saw the athleticism. We saw the arm strength. So for him to come out and do the things that he is doing is special and he’s making those game-changing plays and things that we need.”

(on what has made the biggest difference in Kapernick’s development) “Poise. I think it’s poise and his knowledge of the game. He’s coming along very quickly. A lot of guys don’t pick up the game as well so fast at a young age and he’s doing a great job doing it.”

(on if he was surprised that Donte Whitner was picked up so late during free agency considering what he brings to the defense) “It definitely surprises me just from him being a dominant player throughout his career, him coming in as a 20-year old, starting almost every game for the Bills, and coming to us and doing the same thing. His force has definitely been recognized and he got that this year getting the opportunity to go to the Pro Bowl as well.”

(on Donte Whitner learning the defense overnight) “It was less than overnight to be honest with you. I think, the first time I had the opportunity, the first time we had the opportunity just to kind of chat, he picked the defense up just like that. I thought, me personally, I felt like he had ran the same defense before. He was making all the calls, all the checks. It was surprising to me, but you can tell the potential that he had.”

(on if he learned a lot from playing the Ravens last year on Thanksgiving) “Well, you can and you can’t because there’s different coordinators, different time of the year. They were more of a run-based team at that time. Now they’re a lot more balanced. They’re doing a lot more of stretching the field as well this year, the past couple of games as well. (Anquan) Boldin is a strong receiver. He’s been dominate throughout his career. Played against him numerous times, with Arizona as well. So, they’re definitely a great challenge.” 

(on his favorite Super Bowl moment growing up) “Not just moment, I’ve always relayed back to the Cowboys-Bills Super Bowl just because being a Dallas native. That was always big for me. So just watching them and watching them compete.”

(on San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh being an old school type of coach) “He believes more is more, practice what you preach. Everyday let’s work to get better. It’s no days off. We have no slow-paced walk-throughs. Everything is up-tempo. Even in the film room, everything is up-tempo and everything is to the T. That’s the great thing about coach. We understand what he expects, and he’s one way all the time.”

(on his thoughts on President Barack Obama’s comments regarding health and playing football) “It’s definitely my life. It’s something I’ve been doing for a nice amount of years. It’s definitely a dangerous sport, but at the end of the day the league is doing a great job of putting in place things to help players, help players with safety as far as the hits and with helmets and different things like that. I can understand where President Obama is coming from with saying that, but at the same time the league is doing a great job of preventing a lot of those things.”

(on what he would say to President Obama regarding the league’s efforts to balance safety and the way the game is played) “It’s a physical game. If you’re passionate about something that you do and you teach it the right way – tackling, keeping your head up, form tackling, making sure you don’t spear people, no crowning of the helmet – those things will prevent a lot of injuries as well.”

(on San Francisco being a good tackling team and what is the reason for that) “We practice that every day. It’s an everyday thing. We do open-field tackling, working on breaking down form tackling, getting your hands on guys, tackling guys in space. So, that really helps us when the game time comes around and makes the job a lot easier. But, when guys are swarming to the football if guys do end up missing tackles, there’s somebody else that can back you up and come up with it.”

(on the most interesting thing he’s seen since he’s been in New Orleans) “Just a lot of people with beads hanging out and enjoying themselves. It’s a great city, a great place to hold the Super Bowl. We’re fortunate to be here and we really appreciate the hospitality and the things that they’re doing for us here in New Orleans.”

(on bridging the gap between the team’s past and forming its own identity) “It’s a new team, new era, new time. Those guys  did an amazing job of setting the standard here with the 49ers and we’re just trying to get it back to where it’s supposed to be. This is a great organization. Anytime you get to play for this organization you want to put it at the top. You want to leave a lasting legacy here. So, for this team we just want to get it back to where it was and make sure the tradition upholds.”

(on what he sees from Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense) “Balance, very explosive offense when they want to be. (Baltimore running back) Ray Rice runs the ball very hard. They have a great offensive line. They do a great job of getting a lot penetration on D-linemen. Flacco can make every throw, a strong quarterback and the receivers are physical guys. They can stretch the field downfield. They make all the catches, and Flacco can make all the throws. So, it will definitely be a challenge for us. We’ve played against a lot of great quarterbacks throughout the years, these past two years being under Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, but this guy here, he’s a great quarterback as well.”

(on if facing elite quarterbacks over the years has prepared them to face any great quarterback) “Most definitely. Our back has always been against the wall. We like it like that, us as a team and us as a defense. We understand that it’s going to come down to us, and if we want to win the game we have to make plays, and for us to make plays we have to get turnovers, and we have to go out there and do that. For us, we have to be physical. We have to play 49er football and go out and play our game and have the least amount of errors and mistakes in this game because a lot teams capitalize on those things through the postseason.”

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