Ravens RB Williams to teammates: 'Hit (Patriots) in the mouth'
- Published: Jan. 21, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.
The Baltimore Ravens pride themselves on their tough, blue-collar approach to the game in a sport dominated by finesse, pass-happy teams.
The Ravens Way seems to have rubbed off on running back Ricky Williams, who fondly has taken to the team's hard-nosed mentality in his one season in Baltimore and wants to see his teammates bring the lumber during Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.
"If you hit them in the mouth and you stand up to them, that's the way you play it," Williams told the Baltimore Sun. "I think when you're as good as they are, you get used to people kind of being intimidated. And I think when you show them that you're not, it automatically makes them have to change the way they’re used to playing, and that automatically gives us an advantage."
Williams should know what does and doesn't work against Bill Belichick & Co, considering the veteran back got to see the Patriots twice a season during his eight-year run with the Miami Dolphins. Another Raven who also has has history of battling the Patriots, wideout Lee Evans, agreed with Williams.
"Regardless of what happened in the first three quarters, they're going to play for four quarters," Evans said. "You've got to stand your ground and keep doing what you do and do what you can do to come out with the win."