Marcus Peters is a fiery person on and off the field. He’s proven that time and time again.
The Los Angeles Rams cornerback came to a press conference a few days before the team was set to travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints at the extremely loud Superdome and he didn’t seem like a person who wanted to be there.
On Wednesday, LA Times’ Bill Plaschke asked him to evaluate the season up to this point, and that’s when Peters responded with, “I. Think. We. Ain’t. Done. Yet.”
“I think we ain’t done yet,’’ he said.
“But you, personally,’’ I said.
He closed his eyes and moved his mouth to within inches of that microphone.
“I. Think. We. Ain’t. Done. Yet,’’ he said.
With that final pronouncement, it appeared the news conference would shift to the next questioner. But just as Peters promised, he wasn’t done yet.
‘’So what are you getting at?” he asked me.
“According to the stats, you’ve had a season below your normal standards,’’ I said.
“I come from a place, you’re going to have ups and downs, as long as your ass don’t stay on the ground, you pick yourself up, you look yourself in the mirror, you keep striving, you keep building, to become the best player that you can be, become the best person you can be, I think all the rest will take care of itself, my resume speaks for itself,’’ he said.
He was just getting started.
“Everybody has bad days,’’ he said. “I mean, you come to work, you wake up some days, you don’t feel like going to work, right?’’
He was glaring at me now, looking at me to address his question, and, knowing that I might have ticked off a stormy dude who climbed into the Coliseum stairwell this year to curse a fan, this was suddenly one of those bad days.
“Today, yeah,’’ I said with a smile, and some folks laughed, but not Marcus Peters.
“It’s a bad day and you ask a bad question, so, next?’’ he said. “Next?’’
If there was one person who wanted to have the chance to face the Saints again, it was Marcus Peters. During their earlier matchup in the regular season, he became increasingly annoyed about comments from Saints head coach Sean Payton about them liking Michael Thomas being covered by him, and he responded like so:
“Tell Sean Payton, keep talking that …we’re going to see him soon. You feel me? Yeah, because I like what he was saying on the sideline too. So tell him keep talking that … and I hope to see you soon. You feel me? And then we’re going to have a good little, nice little bowl of gumbo together.’’