Stevan Ridley: ‘I’m not trying to be Superman or anything over the top’
|09.12.12 at 2:54 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Stevan Ridley apparently has studied very well at the Bill Belichick school of football humility.
Asked Wednesday about his career day of 125 yards on 21 carries and whether it’s going to be a habit this season, the second-year running back out of LSU was careful to praise the coaching staff that called his number and the linemen and receivers who blocked for him.
“Of course, coaches said something about it,” Ridley said of being prepared for the load he shouldered in the opener. “I didn’t know it was going to be 21 or whatever the carries were going to be. I just go in there and when they call No. 22, I have to go in there and make a play. I can’t predict the future on any of that. Nobody really knows what’s going on in the mind of Coach so I’m just out there playing my role and doing my job.
“That’s not my call. If it’s working and we’re doing a good job at it, I’m sure Coach is going to continue to call the plays. And that’s what he did this past Sunday. He puts us in a position to be successful and to go out there and win the ballgame. For me, I just do my job. I’m not trying to be Superman or anything over the top.”
Ridley was quick to praise the offensive line, which was particularly effective in opening large lanes in the middle as the Titans were trying to contain Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski off the edges.
“I think they did an exceptional job,” Ridley said. “They do a great job of protecting Brady, they did a great job in the run game. One hundred yards on the ground is not possible without an offensive line and some receivers that are blocking down field. It’s a team effort. It’s takes 11 of us across the board. I just did my job and pull my load but it took 10 other guys for me to get those 100 yards on the ground.”
Ridley, who is trying to prove he can be trusted with the ball in his arms this season, said Wednesday good ground production is a combination of preparation and determination.
“You can prepare so much but I think on the inside you have to have the heart at the end of the day,” Ridley said. “For me, I take every opportunity that I get. And I just try to make the most out of it. The “Patriot Way” is we’re always going to be prepared as long as coach Belichick is the coach here. He wants to win. That’s the goal we’re shooting for at the end of the day.
“It takes a great bit of both. I’d tell you it’s 50-50 but at the end of the day, you’re just trying to go out and get that ‘W’.”
One more thing, Ridley clearly doesn’t want to wind up on Belichick’s bulletin board of misguided or ill-timed quotes.
“I wasn’t perfect by any means,” he added. “There was a lot of yards left out on the field. That’s something that we’re trying to work together as an offensive group to get better this week. We got off to a start and that was a start and we have to build on that. If you get satisfied or complacent with where you’re at, you’re not going to last too long or you’re not going to have the career that you really want to have. I’m never satisfied and we’re going to continue to work just the way we are today.”