Elvis Dumervil wasn’t wearing purple when the Ravens were taking down the 49ers in New Orleans.
His season was over, thanks to a heartbreaking decision in Denver three weeks earlier. Well, it was heartbreaking to the star linebacker and his Broncos teammates at least.
Dumervil has since changed sides after a contract snafu with Denver that led him to the Ravens’ laps. And he came to Baltimore for a reason.
“I haven’t won a ring, so for me, I want a ring. I think what I could bring is a hunger, still, and I’m sure Coach (John Harbaugh) isn’t going to let (complacency) happen. And that’s one of the reasons I chose to come here,” Dumervil said. “I felt the leadership here was outstanding. And for me, I want a ring, and I think as a team (that has) already done it, I think it favors you way more than people may think.”
Dumervil wasn’t too far from being in the AFC Championship game. Forty-one seconds away to be exact. And Dumervil was maybe only a few feet from sacking quarterback Joe Flacco, stopping him from heaving a 70-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones that knotted the game at 35-35 in the final minute of the Divisional Playoff.
How close was he to taking Flacco down?
“I wasn’t close enough. He got the ball off,” Dumervil said. “And give credit to him - he stepped up in the pocket, and we didn’t get the job done. I have to make sure I don’t get in that position again.”
Speaking of rings and championships, Dumervil said he hasn’t been bothered by seeing his new teammates wearing the Super Bowl jewelry around the Under Armour Performance Center, even if he wished he were the one with a ring.
“I don’t think they’re trying to taunt me or nothing,” he said. “If I had a ring, I’d be wearing it right now. I’ve seen rings.”
Dumervil doesn’t envision this Ravens team resting on one title, not with the attitude being brought to training camp.
“One good thing with this team of 2013, we all have something to prove,” he said. “We all have something to prove, for sure - from coaching staff down. ... It’s a totally different team. Whenever it’s a totally different team, stakes are different, questions are asked, so you have to go out and prove yourself. That’s the beauty of it.”
Dumervil also addressed the topic of one of his former teammates in the news - Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who formed a lethal pass rush combination with Dumervil in Denver.
Miller has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He has since appealed the suspension.
“I spoke to Von maybe the day before the situation broke. We have conversations all the time. He’s like a younger brother,” Dumervil said. “It’s unfortunate the situation happened, but I told him adversity happens, it’s how you respond to it. He’s like a younger brother, so that’s a little sensitive.”