Postgame Transcript - Week 10 at Seahawks

POST-GAME TRANSCRIPT

HEAD COACH JOHN HARBAUGH

(Opening statement…) "Obviously very disappointing, its was a tough loss in a tough environment. Give the Seattle Seahawks credit, they played very well in all three phases. Obviously they (Seattle) made plays. They did what they had to do in order to get the job done. We head back out of here with a loss and it hurts us."

(What are your thoughts on the game…) "My thought is that we didn't play well enough to win the game. We turned the ball over, we didn't get the stop we needed at the end. I was really happy with the sudden change defense part of it. Obviously, we have to protect the football on special teams. That's why you lose football games."

(Thoughts on Ray Rice…) "I thought Ray was making a lot of plays, especially in the second half."

(What do you think the difference in the game was…) "I thought we could have made a couple of plays here and there. They (Seattle) hit an underneath route one time, they hit a seven-route another time. Those were two opportunities to get off the field on third down. We usually do get off the field in those situations. We should give them credit, they made plays in that situation.

I thought Tarvaris Jackson did a heck of a job in those two situations, making those two plays. At the end there with the run stop, we would have liked to have gotten off before that."

(Do you think David Reed confidence is down after the two fumbles…) "Absolutely. I think anybody's confidence would be shook. You can't turn the ball over. Hey this is the NFL. When you run up in there, you have to protect the football. He knows that. He will stop that. David Reed is a tough guy. He is a competitive guy. He's done that before. I have a lot of confidence in David, I have a lot of respect for David and he is one of our guys."

(What does your team need to fix going forward…) "I think that fumbles are easily correctable. I also think that we can block better too. We can hit the holes a little better. We missed some holes in there. We didn't run in the right spot all of the time and you have to hold on to the football. Those things are all correctable, no question."

(Why did you challenge the fumble, late in the game…) "I think at that point in time, the guys felt very strongly that the ball was out before he was down. We didn't have a look at it upstairs. We would have like to have had it back. As it turned out, they got the first downs anyway. It wouldn't have helped us anyway, so maybe that was our last best chance to get the ball back. That was probably a low percentage possibility, we understood that."

(Thoughts on Marshawn Lynch…) "Marshawn played really well, as advertised. He played a heck of a game. I thought they (Seattle) blocked real well. I thought they protected the quarterback well. They got the ball off fast; I think that negates some of our pressure. Marshawn was the key for them."

(How does your team handle being in a tie for first place in the division…) "I think we understand that point. When your in front, some people are trying to chase you down. There is a three-way tie for first in the AFC North, that's what we understand. We know there are three very good football teams in that mix right now.

We understand were going to be the target of a lot of criticism. We understand that its going to be local, we understand its going to be national. We understand that the fans are going to be very disappointed in the game and were very disappointed in the game.

We had an opportunity here to do something, to separate ourselves a little bit in the division. We didn't take advantage of it. That's tough, these are tough games were playing. We know were fully capable of bouncing back, we have to next week, our next divisional opponent. We have to play our best football. We take full responsibility for this loss, we know that."

QB JOE FLACCO

(On having trouble on the road against sub-.500 teams…) It's not easy to win in the NFL, and every team is good. Every week you have to take as a new week, and a good team, and these guys came in and played pretty well today.

(On whether the game plan was to throw underneath…) They're big guys, their corners, and they were pressed on us most of the day. They kind of went to a 2-shelve, a lot of the second half, and forced us to do some of those things. I thought that we moved the ball pretty well on offense, when we had the ball. I think, obviously, that we didn't take advantage of some things, and we did make some mistakes, but for the most part we moved the ball decent. They did a good job of keeping the ball away a little bit. We turned the ball over; just like John said, we didn't have a lot of possessions, but we definitely hurt ourselves in a couple of those drives where we could have kept ourselves on the field, and we ended up not getting first downs.

(On how they felt after the final touchdown drive…) We were in a lot better position there than we were last week. We were down by 5, putting our defense back on the field, and expecting to get the ball back very quickly. Like I said, they did a good job. Tarvaris did a good job, Marshawn Lynch did a good job, and when you leave the game up to that, you're kind of just hoping that you get another shot, and when you don't come out and play the way you need to from the very beginning, when you leave yourself in that kind of position, you have to be perfect. You have to do everything perfect to come late in the game, and it's tough to do that on a weekly basis.

(On what happened with the overthrows in the first half…) I don't know. I can't really think of them right now, so I'd have to go look at them.

(On having to come back…) It's a separate occasion. When we scored that last touchdown, we're in a better position now, because we have more time left if we do get the ball back, but they're separate occasions; they're a different defense.

(On the level of frustration for the offense right now…) It's pretty high. We had a long trip out here, we felt confident and to come in here and to not be able to get that game of separation on everybody else in your division when you really have a good shot to do that, it doesn't feel good. But, at the same time, we know that we have room to improve. We know that we have to improve, and we have a couple of good games coming up in a short amount of time, and we have to be able to rebound and come back strong and it starts with Cincinnati, and they've been playing really good football.

TE ED DICKSON

(On the Seahawks defense…)The game plan was pretty good; I just exploited whatever they gave us. A lot of credit goes to Joe for finding me today, and the O-Line giving a lot of protection. It was nothing different, just making plays.

(On how to resolve the problem of winning against good teams, but struggling against the lesser teams…) The only thing I can pinpoint is turnovers. You're not going to win the game turning over the ball. You have to play harder than the other team. We just got beat today. A lot of credit goes out to the Seahawks, they wanted it more. Their home crowd pulled them in the game, and they made plays on us.

(On the touchdown pass from Ray Rice…) We had it in since Week 1, we've worked it a little bit. It was a prime time to call the play, and Ray Rice threw a good ball and I was wide open. It was a well executed play.

(On having a breakout game…)I would trade that for a victory any day. I'll trade all my stats right now for a "W" on the scoreboard. I just like to keep working. I knew a breakout game would come because of the way I work in practice and the way our team works in practice. I'm not at all worried about this team because we're going to get it straight. We're going to go back to work and we're going to work hard until we get it straight.

(On needing to get the Seahawks offense off the field …) That was very big. They kept piling on points, and that makes it harder for the offense to come back, and frustration sets in. You lose time. They gave the ball to their workhouse, and they tried to drain the clock out as best as they could.

(On becoming more of a factor in the offense and building a chemistry with Flacco…) That chemistry is very important in this league. I don't have the chemistry that he had with Heap, but I'm building on it each week, and I'm instilling confidence in him and in myself. We're just going to keep working and each game that we come out, whether we catch zero passes or we catch seven, we just want to get better each week.

WR/KR DAVID REED

(On his fumbles…) I didn't fumble at all last year. It's a little hump I've got to get over. It's very frustrating. (I've) just got to bounce back .I let my teammates down. It was bad. I don't feel good at all.

(On if the turnovers had similarities…) I've got to just put two hands on the ball when I'm in traffic like that. Just squeeze the ball tight and keep my hands on the ball.

(On moving on from this…) I've just got to get through this. It's a little hump I've got to get over. And I will.

WR TORREY SMITH

(On Reed's struggles…) He's our guy. Hopefully nobody will lose faith in David. He's our guy and we need him. We know what he can do. It was a tough one today. But we know what he's capable of doing.

(On being able to come from behind…) We didn't doubt for a second that we weren't going to win the game until the clock hit zero. Hopefully we're not in that situation too often, but it's something we're capable of overcoming.

LB TERRELL SUGGS

(On the outcome…) There's the hard way and there's the easy way and there's the way we do it. It's like, let's see how much we can spot them before we come back and win the game. We can't do that in this league. We're a team. Despite everything that happened, we still had the opportunity to win the game. We didn't get it done. It's just terrible.

(On Marshawn Lynch's 100-yard game…) How many attempts did he have? Give a guy the ball enough, inch it out. You're definitely going to get there somehow. But, yeah, he had a good game. He had a good game.

(On if he feels disappointment the defense did not get the ball back to the offense…) Definitely. Definitely, because we've done that time and time again. Our defensive coordinator [Chuck Pagano], he's coaching his ass off. He's putting in the work, putting us in the right spots. We can't give teams help beating us. When you get them in third downs and third and longs, you've got to get off the field. We've got to reward our coach for the studies he's doing. He's putting us in the right spots. We're just not executing. You've got to take your hat off to Seattle. They made plays when they needed to make (them), but we consider ourselves a veteran defense, a championship defense, a very stingy defense. We gave them a lot of help beating us today.

(On if this felt like the Jacksonville loss…) No. Our offense, they did enough to win the game. Despite everything that happened early, late we still had an opportunity to come back and win the game, and we didn't get it done. I take a lot of responsibility, me, myself, and the rest of this defense. You know, when you get a team at third down and you get your offense ball back, you've got a good chance of winning. It really sucks to lose this way. Our fans came all the way out, they don't deserve this. We don't deserve to do this to ourselves….We've just got to get off the field. I'm just disgusted to lose like this…this one might be on the defense a little bit.

(On Reed's fumbles…) He's a young guy. It's going to happen. He's going to grow from this. He's going to learn. But everybody realizes you can't put the ball on the ground. You can't have turnovers. But we're not worried about it. We know David didn't want to fumble the ball. It just happened that way. But without struggle, there is no progress. We're going to learn from it. We're going to move forward. It's not the end of the world. I remember the Super Bowl champs were 10-6. We're not going to lose six games. We're just going to learn from here, and however we've got to go do it, that's what we're going to go do.

LB RAY LEWIS

(On the disappointment of not getting off the field at the end…) I think the most disappointing part was turning the ball over. We can't do it. I don't care how good you're trying to be, any time you find yourself in a hostile environment with a team like this, when you turn the ball over, you see what happens. It's a recurring thing around the league, you watch the turnover battle. He had 5 field goals. You have to ask yourself when you come in, how to eliminate those things.

(On losing to Seattle…)It's the National Football League. The bottom line is that we're number one in the division, and we have the division on the line next week. I think that's the exciting part of going back, you learn from these mistakes about coming in to a hostile environment, turning the ball over, giving people a short field. You saw them, they kept thriving off that. Take three, take three. Any time you keep building those three, sooner or later you're going to put yourself in a deep hole, and we put our self in a hole

(On what you say to David Reed…) It's the business. You want to say, 'oh, you're the reason', but no one man is ever the reason. What he has to understand is that he has to ask himself how do I get better. Where are the spots that I get better as an individual. I know that he is going to look at himself and say, 'it's my fault'. The bottom line is that you have to find individually, how to get yourself better every week, win lose or draw. That's the thing. Win lose or draw you have to find a way to get yourself better, and so I'll probably speak to him so he is not so hard on himself.

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