Torrey Smith: Ravens face 'no pressure' as champions


No team has repeated as Super Bowl champions since the 2004 New England Patriots.

The Baltimore Ravens aim to join the Pats in the back-to-back club in 2013. During a guest appearance on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access," wide receiver Torrey Smith made it clear he doesn't believe the Ravens will crumble under the weight of expectation.

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"I feel like there's no pressure at all," Smith said. "Because nobody expected us to be there in the first place, so the defending title thing is kind of overblown."

The Ravens entered the 2012 playoffs as a 10-6 division winner before running off four straight wins for the franchise's second Super Bowl title.

NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp -- a Super Bowl winner with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003 -- disagreed with Smith's statement, pointing out that every team will gear up for the Ravens, creating a different feeling to each game.

Smith said he agreed with Sapp "100 percent," but then added that the Super Bowl win is already in the past as far as the Ravens are concerned.

"We're trying to get No. 2. And for us to get No. 2, we gotta worry about Tampa Bay in our first preseason game," he said. "Before that, the 25th (of July) when we come back, our practice, whatever (coach John) Harbaugh has in store for us. We're grinding, getting ready for that."

One other route Smith could have went in his explanation: This isn't the same Ravens team. Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin and many more key contributors from the 2012 squad have moved on.

If the Ravens repeat, it will be a unique feat of controlled turnover.

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