Three Downs with â€¦
Ravens running back Willis McGahee
1. On the red-zone struggles: â€œIâ€™ve always said I hated the red zone because thatâ€™s the toughest part of the game right there. Any one thing can mess up. Missing half a block can mess the red zone up. I feel Iâ€™ve got to get better. There are times when I could have gotten in and I didnâ€™t get in."
2. On his approach to the game: â€œMy goal is not to fall backwards, but always to go forward. I look for contact. Iâ€™m not scared of it. Youâ€™ve got to run with it all. Iâ€™m not finesse. I want to be finesse, but I canâ€™t do that.â€
3. On running against the Browns’ porous defense: â€œIf we do what weâ€™re supposed to do, we can run against any defense, to tell you the truth. Weâ€™ve got a good line, weâ€™ve got a good scheme going on and our coaches are preparing us well for it.
"Itâ€™s up to us to go out there and do what we have to do as far as moving the ball and opening up the passing game for the receivers and the quarterback. It might be a different team coming here to play us. They might decide they want to shut the run down. You canâ€™t look at it like that because they are a good team.â€
Three Downs with â€¦
Browns running back Jamal Lewis
1. On being in Cleveland: "It feels like a fresh start since Day One. Just coming in here, everybody welcoming me and bringing me in, itâ€™s a good feeling, like a new beginning.â€
2. On how he’s playing: â€œI think Iâ€™ve grown a lot as a football player. Not just physically, because Iâ€™m naturally talented, but at the same time just the things Iâ€™ve learned from the coaches thatâ€™s kind of raised me and brought me up as a pro. So, I think Iâ€™m more patient in my game and study more now and just really learned to become a pro.
"Iâ€™m running great. I owe that to not just myself and what I can do personally, but I have a great offensive line. Thatâ€™s a key to my position and what I do.â€
3. On his emotions playing against Baltimore, and matching up with Ray Lewis: â€œOh yeah, because I grew up in this league with most of those guys over there. Of course itâ€™s an emotional feeling, but at the same time, itâ€™s still football.
"It will be great. Ray has always said straight up that Iâ€™m probably one of the best backs in the league and heâ€™s one of the best linebackers in the league, so itâ€™ll be a great matchup.â€