Post-Game Quotes - Redskins at Ravens 8/23/14

Head Coach John Harbaugh

(opening statement) "OK, good to see everybody here. Heck of a football game. A good, solid football game. That's the thing you look for this time of year. I thought we played a really good, solid football game. Very few mistakes. When you make very few mistakes, you have a good chance to win a football game. So, that's where we start, with our defense with no turnovers, first of all. Offensively, very few mistakes. Defense, no touchdowns early. I think we allowed about 40-41 yards in the first half. We would've had a chance to extend the lead if we would have converted those fourth-and-shorts. So, that's probably the one thing we didn't do that would have made a difference. And it did give them some short fields. Our defense stepped up and did a pretty good job of keeping them out of the end zone with short fields early. Then we were able to flip field position. A couple big pass plays, Joe [Flacco] to Steve [Smith Sr.], obviously to end the half, Tyrod [Taylor] to Deonte [Thompson], and [I] thought we kept the ball at the end of the game, which was really [a] positive thing. When a defense is playing you like that, and their game plan, obviously, was to load the box, to send the house – it was a Mike and the Sam, it was a Sam and a strong safety, it was the Mike and the Will, it was a Will and the free safety, pretty much the whole game. And playing cover-one, you have to find a way to make a play, which we did at the end of the half,and we did in the second half with Tyrod [Taylor] and Deonte [Thompson]. And that's really what you have to do. It's hard to run the ball against them, and we still expect to run the ball against that kind of a front. But, they were determined to stop the run and play us at man coverage."

(on RB Bernard Pierce's status) "We'll have to see. I'm not sure where he's at right now. He obviously didn't return in the game … so his head … We'll just have to see how that goes."

(on whether there were any major injuries overall) "Nothing really. I'm sure there'll be some bumps and bruises that we'll look at."

(on how he felt CBs Chykie Brown and Dominique Franks played in place of injured CBs) "[I] thought they played really well. Dean [Pees] played a lot of single-high again and put them in situations where they were forced to cover, and they did a very fine job. And we were talking on the sidelines, it's amazing if you play good solid technique, you stay square, you keep things in front of you, and you keep your eyes where they're supposed to be, you can play good defense. And our guys did a really good job, that was good-disciplined, fundamental football back there. And the other thing we got was really good pressure. [Quarterback] sacks are one thing, we had a few of those. Quarterback hits are another thing, we had a bunch of those, just like we had last week. So, that impacts their passing game tremendously."

(on the play of young defensive linemen NT Brandon Williams and DT Timmy Jernigan) "It looked to me, from where I was standing, that they played really well. They didn't run the ball very much inside, and we got good inside pressure, even on the early play-action downs. So, I thought those two guys played well."

(on WR Steve Smith's play) "I thought Steve played really well. That's what you hope for, in terms of a guy like that, doing what he's done. How many times have we seen him, over the years down there, make a catch? Take that wide turn out of a break and make yards or bounce off tacklers. If you tackle him high, tackle him low, he's strong, he can bounce out of tackles. And then to go make that catch in the end zone at the half, that's kind of vintage Steve Smith [Sr.]. So, it was great to see that."

(on RB Ray Rice not playing tonight) "That was our plan this week. So, next week, we'll let you know. You'll see it when you see it."

(on DB Anthony Levine's play) "I thought Anthony played really well at corner. Anthony played really well and I thought Dominique [Franks] played really well. And not just those guys, the guys that came in and played later all did a nice job, too. So, corners all played really well. I'll tell you [secondary/assistant head coach] Steve [Spagnuolo] has done a great job with those guys. [Assistant defensive backs coach] Chris Hewitt has done a great job with those guys back there. They're doing a good job."

(on if WR Deonte Thompson is making a case to make the 53-man roster) "Sure. Deonte, he's making plays, and it's not just in the game, he's making those plays in practice. Deonte has fought through a lot of things over his career. To see him do that, it just makes you happy to see a guy play like that. He's a guy that works hard, he has a great attitude, he always comes to work every day, [he is] respectful of the process, loves football, and to see a guy like that have success is a great thing."

(on safeties also playing at corner back or nickel positions) "I'm not categorizing [Anthony] Levine as a safety, necessarily. He has played corner before, so I think you would have to say, after watching tonight, he's a corner and safety. He did a good job. He's fast, he's not a slow guy. He's [a] fast guy. As far as Terrence [Brooks] and Matt [Elam], they have both played in the slot, they've played nickel a lot. So, safeties have been known to play in there, and with our situation right now, it's really a good opportunity to get them that work in there and get those reps. Once we get Asa [Jackson] back, and 'Webby' [Lardarius Webb] back, those guys will also play in there. But, to get those guys those reps, is kind of an unintended consequence of the situation there. So, it's a good thing."

(on going for it in fourth-down situations) "It's definitely an easier decision in preseason, without question. But, the numbers and percentages, we look at all that stuff. It pretty much says, 'Go for it.' It's pretty overwhelming a lot of times, in terms of … As a coach, you've got to make a gut decision on how you feel about it. We've gone for it a lot over the years. I think if you look at the track record, we're pretty aggressive on fourth down, so we like to do that and we like to have confidence in our guys being able to get there."

(on the play of the offensive line) "I thought the offensive line actually played pretty well. It's not just the offensive line. I'm sure the guys were beat one-on-one a little bit. I didn't see any mistakes, in terms of errors. It seems like we were on the right guys. We'll see the tape, but I didn't see that. Sometimes, you have to hold the ball, and that causes it, too. So, it's a group effort. Obviously, we'd like to get [the ball] out and not have [Joe Flacco] take any hits. But, we have to improve everywhere. The offensive line, and every other part of it as well, that way, sure. [The] passing game needs to be better, but again, like I'm saying, they're bringing a lot of people and they're playing tight man coverage. So, you're not just going to pick apart man coverage all the time, especially when you're in a run formation. You're not running a bunch of routes that are crossing the field and that kind of thing. So, Steve [Smith, Sr.] comes up and makes them pay for that at the end of the half, and Deonte [Thompson] makes them pay at the end of the second half, and that's what makes the difference in games like that a lot of times."

WR Steve Smith, Sr.

(on if that's the kind of game he was looking for)  "Last week, didn't do too well. Was thinking a lot, over-thinking, so I just came out here and just kind of relaxed and did my job. It was a great start and obviously want to take that into next week."

(on how he and T. Smith are learning to play with each other)  "We learn a lot. I think I learn from him; he's learned from me. Each of us brings two different things to the table, but I think one of the things that we're learning – we're just talking – certainly guys he's played over the past, and certain guys I've played over the past, you know, they're kind of reading us differently and playing us a little bit cautious. We were talking about that; he didn't see that as much."

(on if he feels more comfortable win the offense and how he was thinking less)  "I was in a system two years, and then I was in another system for 10 years. So, you know, going into those two systems, I didn't even thing. We'd call the plays out, and I could roll them and didn't even have to worry about it. Here, I've got to make sure to listen, make sure and stuff. It really just goes on to me and my study habits and just making sure that I've got to just pay attention to detail, and that's an important part. Sometimes, when you get older, you're kind of like "I got it, I got it.' Then you get out there and you realize I should have spent the 20 minutes before."

(on what the TD catch meant to him since it's his first year with the Ravens) "You come here in free agency, and everybody has a question. You know, will he be able to play? What kind of plays can he make? And so, you go out there and you're excited. You want to make plays. You want to stay within your game. That kind of just shows that I can still play and what kind of play that I'm going to have. People are always going to say, I don't care who it is, they're going to say 'OK, it's great what he did over here, but he's not there any more, what's he' s going to bring to the table? So that's what I want to do is show what I bring to the table."

(on how he showed what he can do after a catch; the running)  "I think because of my age, you know, people kind of second-guess it. That's what I'm here for. Me and coach always joke if I make a catch. I just tell him that's what you brought me here to do, is make plays. That's what I'm going to do [is] make plays."

(on what he's thought of Joe Flacco's demeanor so far)  "It's fine. It's cool to see. I think, with all the success he's had, some of the things that he went through contract wise, I think he keeps an even keel. I make fun of him a lot. I've got his walk down pat, so it's been pretty fun to get to know him, and to continue to get to know him."

QB Joe Flacco

(on winding down the preseason) "No doubt about it. This is my seventh year. I'm ready. Everybody's ready to play some real live games and get out there on the field."

(on hoping to score more tonight) "Well, yeah, we wanted to score more points. We weren't able to run the ball quite as well as we were able to the first two games, obviously. The end goal is to score points, and we didn't score as many as we wanted to. When we get those fourth-and-less-than-a-yard opportunities, we've been given the go-ahead that we're going to go after it; we're going to go for it. We're going to keep ourselves out on the field. When we have those opportunities, there's no way we can get stopped, especially twice. We have to keep ourselves out there [and] we have to get points. We weren't able to do that tonight, so that was a little disappointing. But we did move the ball a lot. We got a lot of yards, and we put some points on the board there at the end of the half, and started to get on a roll a little bit."

(on the fourth-down aggressiveness) "There's no doubt about it. When you're an offensive guy, and you're on the field, you want to stay out there. You want to score points for your team, and going for it on fourth down in those situations is giving you the opportunity to do that. That's all you can ask for as a quarterback."

(on WR Steve Smith, Sr.'s performance) "Steve [Smith, Sr.] is a good player. I think he saw a little bit of everything tonight. He catches the ball great. When he gets to it, he catches it. He runs with the ball well. He's strong, he's powerful, he's quick, [and] he's fast, so he can break tackles. He's going to help us out a lot. We're getting on the same page; every day we're getting better and better. I think this was a big step today with him."

LB C.J. Mosley

(on his interception) "Daryl [Smith] did a great job breaking it up. I just broke on the play and got the interception. My main job there was to catch it and try not to lose the ball."

(on the effort of the first team defense) "Our big thing, especially on defense, is our tenacity and our ability to run to the ball. The night before the game, Coach [Dean] Pees put 62 plays on the board because that's the average of what you usually run in a game. He just wanted to show us 62 plays of us running to the ball, and that's exactly what we did during the game."

(on getting adjusted to the Ravens' defense) "It's all about getting more and more comfortable with the system. The third preseason game means a lot more than the others. For me, it's all about putting the pieces together, making plays and making adjustments. I'm counting the days getting ready for this first game."

(on his excitement to play his first regular season game) "I'm very excited. I was talking to Daryl Smith, and I told him, 'I can't wait until the first game.' It's been amazing in these preseason games how much the fans have shown their support for the defense. Everybody is behind us. It's going to be amazing."

NT Brandon Williams

(on his fourth-down tackle for loss) "I was just out there doing my job getting great pressure in the backfield. That was just a matter of the whole team getting after it."

(on comparing this year to last year) "Things are definitely a lot slower. I'm not out there thinking too much. I'm just making plays."

(on the Ravens' defensive line) "We're gelling great. Haloti [Ngata] and those guys are great models to look up to. I just watch them and emulate myself after them trying to be a pro. They do a lot of great things being out there on the field with me. They help me a lot. Everybody else is worried about them, so I sneak in there and get a few tackles. Everybody is working for each other, and we have each other's back."

(on helping DT Timmy Jernigan) "We're all helping him out. We help everybody. When I was a rookie, everyone else came around and helped me. So, I am going to do the same thing for him. There are also a couple of other players who are shining. Jamie Meder, he is balling right now, and Levi [Brown] and Derrick Hopkins are doing great right now."

(on the importance of getting a pass rush) "It's very important. As long as you can get that quarterback moving out of the pocket and not feeling comfortable, he makes a lot of not-so-good decisions. Whether it's a fumble, a sack, or a pick."

(on how hard it is for rookies in the NFL) "It's definitely hard. Everyone's a superstar coming from college. You come here, and you learn an entirely different playbook. In college, you were the man and made every single play. But here, it's different because you're thinking a lot more trying to make the team and not make mistakes. These guys that we have, the rookies, they're doing a phenomenal job."

(on tonight's win) "It's a big confidence boost, but it's still preseason. We still have a lot of work to do. We're going to start back on Monday, keep going, and get ready for Cincinnati."

(on how he feels about the defense) "I feel like we have a good defense, but we still have a lot more to do. We still have a lot more work to put in. We have New Orleans next week and then Cincinnati. We've got to go."

DT Timmy Jernigan

(on tonight being one of his best performances of the preseason so far) "I'd definitely say it's one of my better games. After going back and looking at the previous two games, I was looking at little things I could have done different as far as getting to the quarterback. I was doing great power moves, getting in the backfield, but it was finishing the play. So, that was definitely my emphasis this week, was finishing the play."

(on sacking QB Robert Griffin III tonight) "It was crazy, because before the game today me and Pernell [McPhee] we were in the elevator and I was like, 'Bro, I've got to get me one today.' And he's like, 'Alright, it's going to happen man. Just keep trusting the process.' It felt good just to come out and do it."

(on what he's learned from Haloti Ngata) "I'm learning a lot from him. He's just critiquing me on anything he sees me do as far as the little things – hand placement, feet placement – anything he sees me doing wrong, he's definitely letting me know."

(on if getting pressure without blitzing will help make this defense special) "Definitely. At the end of the day, all I wanted was an opportunity. And coach Harbaugh gave me that, so I'm going to give him everything I've got."

NT Haloti Ngata

(on if he likes the new position he's been playing) "It's great. Brandon Williams does a great job inside, so I think it was a great fit that they just bumped me outside, and I'm just happy that I can keep on playing."

(on if this will help his durability and longevity this season) "Oh, definitely, because 'T.J.' [Timmy Jernigan] is playing really well and Brandon Williams, and Chris [Canty]. So, it's great. We're going to have a good rotation in there, and like I said, stay fresh throughout the season."

(on how encouraging it was to play well defensively against Washington's first-team offense) "It was great. It was a great defensive path for us, and hopefully we can just build on that and continue to do better and better."

(on if he thought the play with Redskins' G Shawn Lauvao was because of a late hit) "When I saw Lauvao do that, I was just kind of pissed that he was doing that and just nudged him – kind of a heat of the moment thing. That was the only thing, I was just trying to protect my own player – no disrespect to Shawn because we know each other – it was just the heat of the moment and just was mad that he tried a late hit."

DB Anthony Levine

(on playing cornerback tonight and having a solid performance) "Honestly, I credit Jacoby Jones, Torrey Smith, Steve Smith [Sr.], going against those guys every day, they prepare me. When I came to the sideline, I told them, 'You guys are the reason I made that play. Going against you all every day in practice, you all helped me to be able to do that.'"

(on if he is proud of his performance) "I'm actually very proud. [It was] my first time ever playing corner – I never played it in my life. I'm glad my coaches believed in me, trusted me to go out and just compete … That's all they told me, 'Anthony go out and compete and have fun.' And that's what I did."

(on what his reaction was when the coaches asked him to play cornerback) "Oh, I'm fine with it. They tell me … Wherever [they want me] to go, I'm going to go do it and I'm going to do it with a smile on my face, because every day I go in, I just work hard, compete and just try to make strides in my career."

(on if that versatility could help him make this team again) "Yes, sir. I definitely go all-out in special teams, and everything I do I try to do full speed and as [best] I can."

RB Lorenzo Taliaferro

(on the Redskins' run defense) "They were pretty stout up front. There were a couple of times when they were shooting across the line fast, [so] it was harder to make a read. We just have to work on trusting it."

(on his body of work this preseason) "Every game and every practice is something for me. I go in there with the same approach – if not a little different – and that is working harder. You have to progress every week; if you're staying the same, then that's not good. I wouldn't say it's not like a regular game. Every game is [like a] regular [season] game for me and for everyone that's going to be out there. We just have to build, work on the little things at practice this week and go out there and get this win [at New Orleans]."

QB Tyrod Taylor

(on the touchdown pass to WR Deonte Thompson) "We had a one-on-one situation with the receiver on the outside, and he got off the line real good and beat his press coverage, and then he made a great catch in the bacK of the end zone. Me and DT [Deonte Thompson] had been working on that the past two weeks, and we knew it was going to come. It was great to be able to capitalize on it."

(on being 3-0 in the preseason) "It just shows how hard we're working. We know we're nowhere near perfect, and we know we can do better every day. But when we step out on the field, even though we're winning, we know there are things we can learn from and get better. We're trying to correct our mistakes week in and week out. We think we're getting better every week."

(on his quarterback decision making) "I feel pretty confident now. [Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak] has done a good job of making me feel comfortable, allowing me to make plays with both my arm and my feet when it calls for it, and I feel like I'm doing a good job. I just have to continue doing it and getting better at it."

(on the difference in him between year one and year four) "I think it's measurable. My whole goal is to not stay the same. I think I've gotten better since my first year, and I just need to get better every week. In fact, I think I've gotten better since Week One this year. Every time I step on the field, my goal is to correct the mistakes I made from the previous week."

S Terrence Brooks

(on his performance tonight) "It was a good experience tonight. I definitely saw a lot more things out there, and I'm starting to feel more comfortable with the NFL experience in general. So to go out there tonight and make the plays I did, felt really good, and I feel I'm actually getting better with this defense."

(on when the light turned on for him) "It wasn't really one thing or one play. It's just going out there and playing football. It's just a matter of getting out there and putting into play the things we practice. It's been good. It's been real good."

(on his mindset) "I feel I've been able to eliminate the clutter, so my attitude is, it's just football. I just need to do the things I've been doing, get more comfortable. And I really feel I've taken the steps to do that."

(on what that 'clutter' means) "Just thinking too much and not just playing. I've learned you can't let things get to you and worry about things. My mindset now is, 'They have to beat me.' That's the big thing I'm really harping on."

WR Michael Campanaro

(on playing for his hometown team) "Yeah, a little bit. It's been a great feeling the last few weeks and few months, just getting drafted back home and being able to play in front of so many family and friends. I'm starting to get used to it now."

(on fighting for a roster spot) "Oh, definitely. This last week [and] this last game coming up is going to be huge. [I'm] just trying to go out there and make plays, show the coaching staff what I can do [and] show some of these older guys – show them that I'm here to help the team win."

(on the impact of his performance tonight) "Yeah, I think so. Tonight was the first time I got targeted, so I was just happy to get my hand on the ball and [get] a few catches. And, also, in the return game, I think [I showed] that the coaches can trust me back there returning punts and helping out the kick return game."

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