Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Willis lets his play do the talking

OWINGS MILLS – It has been an unusual season for Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee.

The former Pro Bowl selection has had to adjust to becoming the primary backup to Pro Bowl runner Ray Rice, and has done so without complaint.

That doesn’t mean he wants to be a backup forever, though.

“I don’t think nobody is comfortable with being a backup,” he said. “I was always one of those guys who wanted more touches. Right now, that’s not the issue. The issue is keep going further into the playoffs.

“It’s been pretty cool. I can’t complain. I’m injury-free and Ray made it to the Pro Bowl. Adjusting to the role, it has been completely different. This year, it’s all about the team.”

McGahee tied a franchise record this season with a total of 14 touchdowns, a dozen on the ground and two more on receptions.

He has rushed for 544 yards on 109 carries while backing up Rice, who gained 1,339 yards and caught 78 passes.

“I’m a backup, been backing up the whole season,” McGahee said. “So, ain’t nothing going to change. I’ve got 14 touchdowns. You can’t win ‘em all.”

Meanwhile, McGahee is looking forward to matching up against his cousin, New England Patriots cornerback Darius Butler, on Sunday during the Ravens’ AFC-wild card game at Gillette Stadium.

“It’s going to be pretty cool, man,” McGahee said. “Darius is a good kid, so I wish him luck, but not that much luck. I don’t want to give him no playoff advice because if I give him playoff advice, that means we’re out of it and they’re still in it. Good luck, that’s the playoff advice right there.”

At 6-foot, 235 pounds, McGahee has a major size advantage over his relative. Butler is listed at 5-10, 185 pounds.

Can Butler bring down McGahee?

“This is the NFL, anybody can tackle anybody,” McGahee said. “But if it’s one-on-one, nah.”

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