Willis McGahee Talks Baltimore Trash
Willis McGahee was joking. He wasn't trying to cause any trouble. But when I asked him whether he felt outnumbered at the Eastern Motors shoot, seeing how there was one Raven and three Redskins, he answered honestly.
"They're good guys out there, you know what I mean?" he said. "They're with the Washington Redskins: great team, great organization. [But] we're the Baltimore Ravens, baby. We do the damn thing here."
So then I had to ask him about the chances that the Ravens would finish with a better record than the Redskins this season.
"What was their record last year?" he asked.
I said 5-11.
"What was the Ravens' record last year?" he asked.
Comcast SportsyNet's Adam Littlefield said it was 13-3.
"I think there's a 99 percent chance, a 99.9 percent chance," he said.
I took this information to Antwaan Randle El and Santana Moss.
"We stay humble baby," Randle El said. "We stay humble. You'll see. We lay below the radar. That's where we want to stay right now."
"Hold on now, don't let him start confusing y'all, because that's what he's trying to do," McGahee said of me, although I was just joking around.
"No it's cool," Moss said. "I told you, I don't give you nothing."
It's true. That's what he did tell me, in a massively long monologue about the Redskins' 2007 chances, which appears after the jump.
"Let me tell the truth," Moss said, when I asked about the offense in 2007. "The truth is, about football, everyone is going to always have their opinions. And players have to speak on their opinions, not even getting a chance to step up on the field. Let us step on the field, and opinions should be able to fall into place, whether they're good ones or just 'he didn't know what he was talking about.' That's how I look at it. I never go out on the limb and jump the gun and say what's going to happen, because you never really know. But the goal is to be all you can be, better than what you were before."
But what about Clinton Portis's championship game guarantee, I asked.
"I mean, that's CP," Moss said. "That's his opinion. I would love to say that, too. I'm thinking that, but I'm not going to say it, because I don't give you nothing until I show you, you know what I'm saying? I'm never going to be the guy jumping on the limb and saying 'Hey, you can bet on this.' I'm not going to give you that, because I don't really have control like that. My control is to go out and be the best I can be for the team, so we can be that kind of team. Other than that, who knows what's going to happen? Like I said before, everyone's mindset is to be the best."
What about the chemistry, I asked. Sure, it's easy to love each other in June, but does the chemistry feel different than it did a year ago?
"A lot different," he said. "See, what people need to realize, last year we were running off the high of what we did the year before, when no one knew what was going to happen, with the change of quarterback in the first game of the season, the new receivers. We didn't know we was going to be as good as we were.
"When you have everyone on your bandwagon, pulling on your coattail, and at the same time you're tooting your own horn-- because you know what kind of season you had the year before without the offense that you had coming in--then you would shoot the gun and say, 'Hey, we're going to do this.'
"But like I always do, I just stayed back. I was hoping, I was saying to myself that we're going to be real good, just looking at what we had. But I didn't realize that it's just like any other thing, it takes time to form that chemistry, to form that unity with the new players and the new scheme. If you don't have it together, 100 percent together, you ain't gonna be about nothing.
"And that's what we seen last year. We showed spurts of what we could be, but we never finished the way we wanted to finish. You could sum last year up just by saying that. You seen spurts of what we could be, but you never seen the finished effort of what we can be, and I think that's what this season can pretty much bring us, to be able to finish up what we started last year. And it's a long haul, so just to keep grinding at what we started, to show you that the finished effort will be hopefully the Super Bowl."
(I also asked Randle El about the 2007 offense.
"You can expect us to score more points, a substantial amount of points, than we did last year," he said. "I mean, we were close to awful last year, and I say that because of the talent we had. If we didn't have the talent and played that way, it would probably be above-average, but we played certainly below-average, not even to our abilities.")
June 12, 2007; 4:16 PM ET
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