Anquan Boldin isn’t much for words, but he said two that he said Wednesday are being run with by New England media going into Sunday’s AFC title game vs. the Patriots.
“We’ll win,” said Boldin, the Ravens’ leading receiver, without a hint of swagger in a soft voice.
In a rare sighting in the locker room, the low-key Boldin held court for a few minutes to take questions.
Boldin said after losing 23-20 in the same game to the Patriots last year, the Ravens went into the off-season with the motivation to get back for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. His answers are usually short.
Why is it different, a reporter asked: “Because we’ll make it different,” Boldin said.
How will you make it different was the follow-up question: “We’ll win.”
From that point on, Boldin talked about the need for the Ravens to play well in all three phases as well as praising quarterback Joe Flacco for his arm strength, leadership and discussing the need for offensive execution and preparing for changes in the Patriots' schemes. The teams met in Week 3, with the Ravens winning 31-30 at home.
Ravens PR released a quote sheet to media that had the text of Boldin's comments, but didn't include his "we'll win" remarks.
Of course, it's all about context and the intention of his words. Boldin never made a guarantee nor was he ever disrespectful towards the Patriots. In his 10th NFL season, that's not his style.
It goes without saying that if players on both sides don't believe "we'll win" then they probably shouldn't be in uniform.
Safety Bernard Pollard was emphatic in his comments about having to go on the road to contend with the high-powered offense of the Patriots.
"To any football player who is intimidated of anybody, you're a coward, you're a punk, you shouldn't be playing this game," Pollard said. "This is a man's game. ... We don't fear no man. We don't fear no team. We are going in there with our heads high ready to play."