9-Year NFL Vet Mike Adams Ready For His First-Ever Playoff Game
DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams is a 9-year veteran of the NFL and on Saturday he will be playing in his first-ever playoff game. It’s safe to say, he’s very excited.
“It feels great, you know, right about now I’d be on a beach somewhere drinking a mai-tai,” Adams said on Xfinity Monday Live! “It’s great to be playing now, finally getting those goals reached. Everybody’s ultimate goal is to have the confetti come down and get that trophy. It’s a great feeling knowing that I’m a step closer to it.”
Adams spent the bulk of his career with the Cleveland Browns, a team that hasn’t done well in the NFL in years. Part of the reason Adams wanted to come to Denver was to be playing in January.
“That was the main goal,” he said. “Coming here, it was a great choice … and I don’t regret it — none of it.”
The Baltimore Ravens come to Denver for the second AFC divisional playoff round with revenge on their minds after the Broncos beat them 34-17 in Week 15. Not a lot of people know that Adams is actually good friends with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
“We’re both Delaware Blue Hens … that’s my boy, but come (Saturday) we both have a goal on our minds and hopefully we come out with that victory,” Adams said. “Hopefully he plays alright, or whatever, but we come out with that win.”
Adams said Flacco’s style reminds him of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“He has a big arm, he can make all the throws, he can be on one hash and throws it opposite field, he’s accurate,” Adams said. “You can’t take anything away from him, but we’re up for that challenge as well. We contained him, we did a good job against him the first time and we plan on doing it again.”
It will be Adams’ job to keep Ravens receivers Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith from having a big game. In Week 15 in Baltimore the Broncos secondary shut them down. Smith was ineffective and they actually held Boldin without a catch.
“We just played hard, we just stayed within our technique, and I thought we had a great scheme. The coaches came up with a defensive package that held up,” Adams said. “We didn’t do much adjusting at halftime. We just stuck with the game plan and did well.”
The Broncos host the Ravens on Saturday. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. on CBS4.
– By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com
Watch more of the video with Mike Adams in the Xfinity Monday Live! section.