ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- No one who witnessed the record-breaking pair of return-touchdown odysseys
That includes the Baltimore Ravens.
“Well, I didn’t think very well of them. You know, I was disappointed," Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. "It was an amazing turn of events for a divisional game to have two returns for touchdowns, so from that standpoint I guess I had reluctant admiration (as a former special teams coordinator) for what they accomplished and what he accomplished in such a big setting. They did a great job and he’s really got spectacular ability.”
Holliday’s 90-yard punt return and 104-yard kickoff return resulted in a pair of game-changing touchdowns – and although the Ravens ultimately prevailed, Holliday’s returns certainly left a lasting impression.
Nine months later, Holliday knows that he’ll be on the Ravens’ radar when the teams meet again on Thursday night.
“Well, they know what I can do,” he said. “I’m sure they’re going to have a decent game plan against me this Thursday, so we just have to be ready for what they have.”
Holliday’s 248 total return yards and two touchdowns – the first time in NFL postseason history that a player returned multiple kicks for touchdowns in the same game – were a testimonial to the constant threat he poses as a returner. And for that reason, Holliday said that he expects the Ravens to try to keep him out of his comfort zone in the season opener.
“I’ll be ready for anything,” he said. “They’re going to try to do some things that try to make me uncomfortable, so I’m just going to be ready whenever it happens.”
While Holliday’s penchant for returning kicks is his most renowned attribute, he also took snaps at wide receiver during training camp and the preseason – and he noted that he would be prepared to contribute on offense if called upon against the Ravens.
“That’s going to be very exciting for me,” he said. “I’m just going to go into this game and try to contribute on special teams on my team and if I get called up on offense, I’ll be ready.”
And while it’s only par for the course that players feel some season-opening jitters, Holliday said that he’ll feel right at home when he looks up to the sky to field his first return of the 2013 campaign.
“No. No nervousness at all,” Holliday said. “I’m just going to be more excited than anything that the season has kicked off.”