NEW ORLEANS — Led by the likes of linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, the Baltimore Ravens are loud and passionate on the field and often make waves with their words afterward.
But in their first appearance after arriving in New Orleans on Monday, the Ravens had kind words for the 49ers, especially Colin Kaepernick, a far cry stylistically from the quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck) whom Baltimore beat to get to the Super Bowl.
"I like the way (Kaepernick) plays," Suggs said. "He's good for the game, him and Robert Griffin III. I like his game."
Lewis called Kaepernick "one of those freakish athletes" and compared him to Randall Cunningham.
"He can run very, very well," Lewis said. "A good athlete. You can tell he is a real good athlete. I am fond of the kid."
The Ravens' defensive stars might like Kaepernick's dual-threat style, but they are also tasked with trying to stop him. Baltimore has had mixed results when facing similar challenges. Philadelphia's Michael Vick had 405 total yards against the Ravens in September, but Baltimore largely held Washington's Griffin in check in December.
The Ravens lost both games.
"Hopefully he's not doing too much he's not giving us too much of Colin Kaepernick," Suggs said. "He's fared pretty good against the defenses that he's seen, but we're a defense that likes a challenge. We accept it."