Ravens glad to move past media hype, focus on practice
The defense hasn't yet played like last year during this post-season run, but there's no question they've improved. And that's a big reason the Ravens are in New Orleans ready to play Super Bowl XLVII against the 49ers on Sunday.
However, when asked, cornerback Cary Williams said there's not a whole lot of fancy explanations or reasons for what's happened. The defense shut down New England quarterback Tom Brady in the second half of the AFC title game, kept Denver's Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck of the Colts under control, all of which paved the way for the New Orleans trip.
"I think we stepped up our intensity," Williams said when speaking to the media in New Orleans this week. "We’ve understood the nature at hand. We have the playoffs. It’s a time for us to be accountable and to step up to the challenge. I think every man has held themselves accountable and understood their role, understood what is expected out of them and we’ve been playing pretty well.”
Williams also said the return of Ray Lewis after missing most of the season played a big role.
Lewis is the quarterback of the defense and has been throughout most of his 17-year career with Baltimore. He knows how to put everyone in the right spots, a big reason the defense is doing better.
"[The return of Lewis] was a defining moment for the defense," Williams said. "When he was able to go out there and strap up against his last game against the Colts in M&T Bank Stadium, I think that really ignited the team and really ignited the defense. As a team, we’ve been able to ride that."
The big question now is can the Ravens ride that one more time.