Stokley: Fans need to be rockin’ against the Ravens

On Monday night, Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley joined Alfred Williams and Darren McKee on the third hour of 104.3's The Drive.  The discussion centered mostly on the Broncos' upcoming game with the Ravens.  Here are some highlights:

On whether the Broncos are going to win one for Brandon on his way out like the Ravens are doing for Ray Lewis:

"Let's do it...If I've got to get out there and dance, I'll get out there and dance."

On whether he's looking forward to seeing Ray Lewis:

"Yeah I am, and hopefully making it his last game ever...I know what kind of energy he brings to that team, I know the difference when he's in the lineup and when he's not in the lineup.  So we're going to see a different Ravens team this time around, a much improved Ravens team, and I think we're all looking forward to that challenge...We understand that what we did in the past doesn't matter."

On whether the Broncos' wide receivers need to be tough over the middle:

"Absolutely. That's part of the job.  I thought the Colts let Luck down a little bit (Sunday).  They had a lot of dropped passes, and their offensive line didn't play particularly well, so I think all around the board, offensively, we have to be sharp.  You know the Ravens show you a lot of different looks, a lot of different coverages...there's going to be some tight throws, and you've got to make the big catches, especially in the playoffs.  Hopefully, we'll be up for the challenge, and make those big catches for us."

On whether having Ray Lewis back matters

"Yeah, his energy, his passion...he's not the same player he was, you know, seven or eight years ago, but he's still a very good player, a smart player, and his energy, his passion just rubs off on everybody else.  So we have to expect they are going to come in here a different ball club than the team we played three of four weeks ago."

On why the Broncos dominated the Ravens previously:

"You know we executed really well, and I think if you look at the score, I think it's probably a little misleading.  We just made a few more plays than them, and that was really the bottom line. Chris Harris's interception right before halftime kind of put the game away.  All of the sudden it's 17-0 instead of 10-7, and it's a different ballgame.  So if you take that play away it's a totally different ballgame in the second half.  So for us, we just got to understand that we've got to execute just like the last time and make plays and that's what it boils down to--what team is going to make more plays.  We were able to do that last time, so hopefully we can do that this time again."

On how he gets the message to the younger players that this may be their one opportunity to win it all:

"I remember my second year in the league, you know the older guys, we went to the Super Bowl, and the older guys kind of speaking and saying, 'Hey, this opportunity doesn't come around a lot.'  I kind of understood that and appreciated it, but all you can do is tell them how precious this opportunity is.  You don't get into the playoffs every year.  You don't have these opportunities a lot.  And that's really all you can do...hopefully they grasp and understand it.  But I think we've got a good group of guys that understand the situation we're in and understand the magnitude.  You know it doesn't matter what seed you are or how good you played in the regular season, what your accomplishments were.  All that's out the window.  If you don't play good one game you will go home no matter what, and that's just the bottom line.  I've been on both sides.  I've been a high seed.  I've been a low seed.  And it's the team that goes out there and plays the best football that's gonna move forward."

On how badly he wants to win another Super Bowl:

"You have no idea, man.  You have no idea.  I mean last year at this time, like you said, I was just in street clothes watching all these games never thinking I'd have another chance to play football again, so to have this opportunity--it's special.  And I'm going to enjoy it and just love every minute of it and every second of it just like I've done this whole year.  Hopefully we can get a win this week and keep on truckin'."

On who he was rooting for, the Colts or Ravens?

"I was going for the Colts."

On who Peyton Manning was rooting for:

"I don't think he cared.  He's so focused on us.  I didn't really ask him."

On what kind of crowd he wants to see on Saturday against the Ravens:

"We need it rockin', man. I mean I'm talkin' rockin', because we feed off that energy. It helps our defense so much, our defensive line.  I mean they've got after Flacco last time, and with the crowd noise that's such a huge advantage for us. We're going to need that. We're going to need it quiet on offense and rockin' on defense because it is a big advantage playing at home, in the altitude, with the crowd...like I said: we feed off it, we love it, we feed off that energy, so we need them to bring it for sixty minutes."

I’m glad we had this talk.  Now, vaya con Dios, Brah.

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