OWINGS MILLS – After throwing his helmet in disgust during an early drill at Thursday’s practice, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said this was the time of year for intensity. Smith’s focus is simple. He wants to help the Ravens (7-6) make the playoffs.
“Very feisty,” Smith told CSN exclusively following practice, when asked about the team’s mindset. “A very feisty mood. We understand what’s at stake. I don’t think anything’s a happy-go-lucky, kumbayah kind of atmosphere. It’s very up front. We know what’s at stake.”
Asked about the up-and-down nature of the offense this season, Smith said the Ravens need to find consistency.
“What we want to be is high-flying, and scoring a lot of points,” Smith said. “What we don’t want to be is pedestrian. Somewhere in the middle we got to find a rhythm.”
Smith (58 catches, 646 yards, three touchdowns) has 1,019 career catches, and is expected to retire this season, closing a brilliant career at age 37. But despite spraining his ankle earlier this season, Smith said his body was holding up well.
“I’m actually starting to feel better now,” Smith said. “I’m finally getting my legs under me. My ankle’s pretty much healed up. I didn’t get a lot of opportunities (Monday night). They (the Patriots) did a lot of things to neutralize me and Mike (Wallace). But I felt really good, and I feel like I’m getting my speed back. I’m excited about that.”
With the Ravens still in control of their playoff destiny, Smith wants the team to look forward, forget the past, and just concentrate on winning.
“We need to have short-term memory,” Smith said. “Just peddle to the metal. Not allow what has happened, the negative things in the season, to paralyze us. Not rely on all the positives either. Just take everything we’ve had, throw it out the window, and balls to the wall.”
Even if that means Smith occasionally tosses a helmet.