Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith admits that he’s unsure how the joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers, which will take play from Saturday to Monday at the Under Armour Performance Center, will work out. But he’s knows what he could do to make them a little more intense.
“I might wear my Super Bowl ring out to practice,” Smith joked. “Hopefully, Coach [John] Harbaugh’s brother isn’t mad at me for that call or non-call, whatever you want to call it.”
Smith, of course, is referring to the Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Smith helped preserve the win by contesting an eventual incomplete end zone pass to Michael Crabtree on fourth down of the Ravens’ pivotal goal line stand. San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh screamed on the sideline for a holding or pass interference call. He got neither.
The Ravens and 49ers practicing together just 18 months after the Super Bowl is certainly one of the intriguing subplots of the week.
Asked if he’s looking forward to hitting somebody in a different jersey, Smith said, “I don’t know how much hitting we’ll really be doing out there but I know it’s going to be a pretty tough four days. It’s probably going to [feel] like four games in a row during those practices. They got a tough team. They got great young players. I’m excited to go against a good challenge like that.”
As part of the arrangement, the two teams will share several parts of the team facility, including the practice fields, showers and cafeteria.
“Hold on, we share a cafeteria, too?,” Smith asked. “I don’t know how [joint practices] work. I’ve seen it on TV. But every time I’ve seen it on TV there’s been nothing but fights.”
Asked if he expects some awkwardness, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said: "Everybody knows each other. It's not like that we're playing a meaningful game that week after we get done practicing. I don't think it should be too awkward within the facility, but once we get on the practice field, we have fights with our own teammates so I can visualize some fights happening."