FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few soundbites of note from Ravens coaches and players today, as transcribed by the Ravens' media relations staff:
Coach John Harbaugh (on Bill Belichick):
"I just respect Bill Belichick as a coach and as a man. I just really do. I think he’s the greatest coach in our league right now, and that’s proven. And that’s why you get so excited to have an opportunity to play against a guy [like him] as a coach. But that really … That’s for most of the guys around the league; I just respect them. What he stands for as a coach and the way he puts his team together and all that, you admire it. And then he’s always treated me well over the years. He’s always been at the top of the profession, and when somebody in that position treats a younger guy well, you certainly appreciate that. So, those are the two things I can think of. He’s a big [Johns] Hopkins lacrosse fan, so that’s cool. You like that, too. But, that’s really not that relevant this week."
Linebacker Jarret Johnson (on if Gillette Stadium is intimidating):
"Intimidating … I don’t know. You never really stand on the field and look in the stands with big eyes and kind of freak out, you know what I mean? There are places that are louder than others. You definitely feel the energy in certain places that you don’t feel in others. It’s a cool place to play. It’s always cold. The fans are always rowdy. They got that cool bridge in the background. I don’t really know what that is, but it’s pretty cool. I don’t know what that’s all about. (laughter) It’s a nice stadium, but I don’t know. We’ve been in a lot of wars up there, and we’ve only won one. We’re going to be looking to go in and win another one."
Receiver Torrey Smith (on visiting the Patriots for the first time):
"I am excited about it. The biggest thing I know about New England is my brother always picks them in Madden. They pretty much always have the best offense for some years in that game. It is a great place to play. I played at Boston College, so I am familiar with the New England area a little bit. It is not the same as going up there and playing against the Patriots – with one of the best offenses in the league and a talented defense and it being the [AFC] Championship Game. Nothing really compares to it.”
(On what team he plays with in Madden): “I play with the Ravens all the time now.”
(On if playing Madden gives him some familiarity with the Patriots): “I would be lying to you if I say I did not know their names before we play them. I mean, my brother plays with them all the time. It does not fail.”