A transcript of linebacker Ray Lewis' comments to Baltimore reporters:
On the challenge of facing a team with no wins this season: "As crazy as this might sound, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter to us if they were 0-5 or 5-0. The bottom line is, Pittsburgh is 4-1 in our division, we're 3-2 and right now we need a win. So, we're as desperate as they are. That's what I kept trying to explain to a lot of people. Everyone has their own drama, everyone has their own dilemmas. Right now, we're fighting through a lot of injuries [and] things like that, but I think desperation-wise, we need this game. We're at home and we play very well at home, but I don't think that record matters at all."
On the importance of having CB Samari Rolle back: "I think, once again, once we start getting all our people back, I think it kind of calms you a little bit because we're mixing and matching so many different people. You know, we're playing so many different young guys [at] so many different positions. But, now we're getting Samari back, in another week, going on the bye, things like that, [and we'll] get Trevor back and everybody [will be] back so we can get back into the natural flow of what we do. I think it's just good [that] we're getting these guys back at the right time."
On whether he felt the defense got itself back together for the San Francisco game: "I believe we did that in all the games. Like I said, you go from those games and you probably take four big plays out and you eliminate them to two big plays and that's been our forte since I've been here my entire career. I think that's what we did in the San Francisco game. Outside of two plays of that game, [it was] total dominance. It's pretty much been that way the whole year. Bottom line is, you let a ball get over your head, everything always looks bad -- bottom line. But, I just think as a team we came out and really did what we wanted to do, to really get that win."
On whether in DT Trevor Pryce's absence he sees teams scheme to take him and LB Bart Scott away: "Of course, but the beautiful part about that is our D-line is playing extremely well. [Haloti] Ngata and Kelly [Gregg], what those guys are doing up front with Double J [Jarret Johnson] and Justin [Bannan], they're just tearing things up. A lot of people are trying to get up on me and Suggs and trying to keep us away [and] all that stuff. But, the bottom line is, we're just telling people we don't care about numbers. But, [what] we do care about is that we won't see a 100-yard rusher and we won't see anybody try to establish the game by just hitting us in our mouth. So, I just think we're doing the right things we need to be doing, definitely defensively, to really build this up for late November and December."
On what he thinks it feels like to be on a team with a 0-5 record: "I've been close, I've been close. Remember now, [the Ravens] were 4-12 when I came down here [in 1996]. That wasn't pretty. Like I say, even when we were struggling like that, if you remember there was one thing that we were, we were still competitive. No matter what the scoreboard was at the end of the day, we were going to come out and play. That's the same way we're taking the Rams. We're not taking anybody lightly. It doesn't matter. You listen to all the people [saying], 'this and that' [about St. Louis]. They're in the National Football League and if you step out on the football field disrespecting anyone you're going to have a long day. So, the bottom line is for us: Win at home, do what we're supposed to do, go 4-2 in our division and just get ready to keep rolling."
On his night time offseason training regimen making a different this season: "I think I'm just having fun running around because I do feel so fresh. I was just telling my momma the other day, 'Wow, to walk up out of a game and I don't feel anything.' It's just [how] fresh that I feel. It's beautiful. It's beautiful and I'm actually not just keeping it to myself, I'm actually [telling] a lot of our guys to take that advantage at night. Take that advantage to get those workouts in and your day will be much better. I just think every Sunday I'm going out there, I'm fresher now than I [have been] in any season, so that's a beautiful thing."