Gerome Sapp: Yeah, the Ravens drafted me in '03 and then the Colts picked me up six days later, actually shorter than that. Then we ended up playing later on that year, then we ended up playing the Ravens in the first game the next year. And then the Colts traded me back to the Ravens and now I'm playing them in the playoffs. It's very ironic actually, but it's very exciting too, to be able to go against a lot of my old teammates and old friends. It should be a good competition and I'm looking forward to it.
GS: We talk just about every week, but especially this week we made sure we talked. We didn't really say much about anything, but we reiterated to each other how exciting this game's going to be for us and how we all look forward to seeing each other on the field.
ET: Obviously you watched film of the Colts/Chiefs game in practice, but did you watch the game live as well?
GS: Yeah I did. I watched with a couple of the guys. For me it was weird because that's like the first entire Colts game I've seen this year, so that was kind of fun. And I like to cheer for the Colts, so when they won I was excited that they were coming here to play.
|Gerome Sapp and LB Ray Lewis celebrate (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)|
GS: The thing they did better last week was they just tackled and swarmed the ball. If you look at other games, guys were missing tackles and there was no one around to pick up the slack. That game, they came out with a mission and [Dwight] Freeney had a wonderful game, as well as the whole defensive line. I think everything starts with the defensive line. When they're getting pressure and helping disrupt the run, things go their way. Defensively they looked a whole lot better.
ET: Tell us about your transition back to Baltimore earlier this year…
GS: It actually went smoother than I thought it was going to go. I still knew a lot of guys on the team, had a lot of friends, still knew most of the coaches, and kind of knew the area from my rookie year. So when I got here I met with all of my coaches -- and it was kind of like a homecoming actually -- and I fit right in.
ET: What's been the reaction around the locker room to the comments made about the Colts by a few of the Ravens this week? Is that all just business as usual?
GS: Yeah. it kind of is. Every week is a physical week for us, no matter who the opponent is. I know the Colts are going to come in and play a physical game too, but I think it's going to come down to who can consistently play physical -- and I honestly think we have the edge with that. It's going to business as usual for the defense just going out and putting on helmets and shoulder pads and being the physical defense that we are.Read the rest of this exclusive interview in our SCOUT Q&A feature for Scout.com subscribers. Gerome talks about QB Steve McNair, the challenges the Colts offense presents and much more!