T MICHAEL OHER
On his thoughts about coming back to Baltimore to play against his former team:"It's going to be a fun experience, I think. I played a lot of games there. It'll be fun to see what the crowd is like being a visitor."
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On what he's anticipating the crowd's reaction to be: **"I really don't have a clue. I'm really not worried about it. Just playing and seeing what a visiting team had to go through, [Baltimore has] such great fans – loud crowd. I played a lot of games there, won a lot of games. It shouldn't be anything too bad."
On if it was clear that he would not be returning to the Ravens in the offseason:"Everything happened so fast in free agency. There really wasn't enough time to … I kind of thought I might be back for a second, but as soon as free agency kicked off, everything happened so fast where I got everything done right away and came down to Tennessee.
On if Baltimore offered him a contract in the offseason:"Like I said, everything happened so fast [with] Tennessee. [I] came down to visit; I really didn't want to leave. I felt at home being from Tennessee, right down the road from Memphis. I really didn't have an opportunity. It happened so quickly."
On if he's noticed the play of T Rick Wagner this year:"We're playing the AFC North, so you have to play all of the teams, so I get a chance to watch him. That whole [offensive] line is playing well. They get after it – physical. Rick is doing a great job [and has] definitely grown a lot from last year. He's doing an excellent job. He is playing great."
On how prepared he is to face Baltimore's pass rush:"I don't think you can ever see enough [film] playing against '55' [Terrell Suggs] and '58' [Elvis Dumervil]. They're two great pass rushers. They get up, especially being on the road, but they're at home and it's going to be an advantage to them. Those guys are playing great ball as well. The whole defense is. They get after it and they're physical. They're just getting after it."
On what his transition to the Titans has been like: **"It's been a great transition. Everything happened smoothly, and it's getting better as the year goes on. I think I'm playing all right. Unfortunately, we haven't won many games, but I think we're getting there."
On whether he stills talks to former Ravens teammates: "Yes, no question. I talk to a lot of guys on defense and offense. We've always had respect for one another, always been a family. [I] still talk to those guys all the time."
On whether he will talk to former Ravens teammates this week: "I doubt it. It's respect for me and the other guys. It'll be a, 'What's up?' or something like that, but nothing major as far as trash talking."
On what he has told QB Zach Mettenberger to expect from the Ravens' defense: "I really hadn't talked to him about it. Like I said, that's a great defense. They've been a great defense. That's their history, and you have to be aware of that. I'm pretty sure I would tell him to be prepared. Those guys bring a lot of different looks and they get after it."
On what stands out from the five years he spent in Baltimore: "The thing that stands out the most is dealing with a great organization in Baltimore, a great fan base. The team was always a family and things like that. It's a great culture around there. They love their football."