Transcripts: Ravens Postgame Quotes

JOHN HARBAUGH

Head coach

Initial comments ...

        "The guys fought hard and played their hearts out. That's all I've got to say."

The big play at the very end with the pass interference call on Steve Smith, what are your thoughts on that play?

        "I'm not allowed to answer that question."

In terms of you being shorthanded with injuries ...

        "I don't have a measurement on that — everybody's got injuries. Our guys played hard; they played through it. I thought they played really hard, played well and made plays. They made plays; we made plays. Great football game. I mean, the players and the coaches played one of the greatest you're ever going to see."

On the fourth-and-goal play with Andy Dalton, did you initially think the defense had him stopped?

        "They could have called forward progress stopped, yes they could have."

On the coverage of the 53-yarder to Mohamed Sanu, what did you see there?

        "Come on, man. I saw a completion. What do you want me to say? Want me to say someone misplayed him? The guy made a great play, you know. It's pretty obvious."

How difficult is it to get a rhythm going offensively when you have guys going in and out with injuries?

        "Yeah, I think it's fair. I thought we did a good job for the most part. We didn't always make all the plays we could have made, or we weren't at our best all the time. But give them credit. They have a lot to do with that. They made plays and things like that. The interception on Torrey's thing was as freaky as you can get. I thought our guys fought. It's tough. Football is tough. You try and find a way to score as many points and hold them as low as you can, and that's all you can do."

Your thoughts on the way the running backs played today ...

        "Both running backs, they both played great. I thought both of them just ran really, really hard. I thought they did a good job reading the blocking. The blocking was very good up front for the most part. It's a good front — that's a good defense — so I'm proud of them. Out of all the guys, I'm proud of every single player. Let it define us — you know what I mean? If this sets us going forward and the direction we're going and the team we're going to be, I'm fine with that. If this is who we are as a football team, I'm fine with that. We'll take who we are and we'll go a long way. All the other stuff, other people have control of all that."

JOE FLACCO

Quarterback

From your vantage point, what did you see with the Steve Smith pass interference call?

        "I couldn't tell you. I threw it and just hung out where I threw it and started running down the field when he caught it. I didn't see anything. It just looked like two guys back peddling and a guy came down with it. I couldn't really see much more than that."

When the ball is in the air for that long, do you think rule-wise, that both guys should have a 50/50 shot at it?

        "I really don't know. I haven't seen the play up close as to where I could see exactly what happened. I wouldn't even be sure what the rule actually is."

Do you feel that the call by the officials on that play cost you the game?

        "Well obviously, if that's a touchdown, then we win the game. There were plenty of other things that happened throughout the course of the game — opening up in the second half with those two turnovers, obviously, those were big. You can't do that. If we don't turn the ball over, then we're going to be a tough team to beat. The fact that we had those right there, I think our defense stood strong and did their job. I put them in some bad positions."

On the second interception, it looked odd. Did Torrey Smith stop? What happened?

        "I couldn't tell. Did someone run into him? I couldn't tell. We had a slant and a drag over there, I saw it open up for the slant and I threw it in there. And the next thing you know, Pacman (Adam Jones) was standing there with the ball right there in his chest. I'd have to see it. I thought he might have run into someone, or Pacman hit him. I wasn't sure exactly what happened."

What happened on the first interception?

        "On the first one, there was a lot of room over there, and I thought I had a hole, but it probably wasn't as much as I thought."

There was a point when there were a lot of players going in and out of the line-up. Do you notice that?

        "I notice it a little bit, but (those aren't) really my worries. It's 'let's get the guys in here and let's run the plays.' I thought we did a good job, for the most part, handling that. It's another one of those games where, in the first half, we didn't get a lot of possessions. We played pretty well. It's another game where we get down there on the one yard-line and can't score. That's another thing to go along with the turnovers. We had the turnovers and then we gave up seven points there, or at least three points there. I love that we're going for it. We just have to make the plays, and we have to get in the end zone."

STEVE SMITH

Wide receiver

Take us through the touchdown reception that was called back for offensive pass interference ...

        "The last play Joe (Flacco) threw a great ball. Things happen. Ultimately you hope you don't allow plays like that to dictate the determination of a win or loss. So, it happens. I'm not disappointed, not upset, not frustrated, just exhausted and looking forward to the opportunity to play next week."

Did you have a chance to discuss the offensive pass interference call with the official?

        "Did you just listen to what I said? I'm not disappointed. I'm not upset, just exhausted and looking forward to playing next week."

EUGENE MONROE

Offensive tackle

How difficulty was it to play without injured linemen for long periods of time?

        "Not really difficult at all, we've got guys that'll step up. The fellows that came in, they started last week. So we've got guys that have been experienced on the field to step in all over the line. So I don't know if that was a factor."

DARYL SMITH

Linebacker

On Andy Dalton's late touchdown run on a QB sneak, when it looked like he had a little extra assistance from RB Jeremy Hill ...

        "The fact is that we got him on the first part, and the second surge is what got him in, got it in for the win, man."

With the injuries and so many people in and out of the lineup, did it take a toll today?

        "I mean, really, it doesn't matter. We didn't get the W, but you've got to find a way to get it done, and we didn't do it."

How disappointed is it not to capitalize on a chance to knock down in the division race?

        "It's disappointing. It's a loss now. Only thing we can do is go back and watch the film and get ready for Pittsburgh next week."

What did you think of the offensive pass interference call on Steve Smith?

        "It doesn't matter now. We've got to win. You know what I'm saying?"

What is your opinion of the call?

        "It is what it is, man. You know what I mean? They called the play, it was a penalty. We move on."

Can you describe what's going through your mind during your fumble recovery?

        "Just pick it up and try to get it in. That's it."

DOMINIQUE FRANKS

Cornerback

Did you feel like that big third-down reception by Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu was crucial?

        "One play doesn't cost us the game. It's just a learning experience. We can learn a lot the way we played. We preach every week, 'Don't give up big plays.' We didn't accomplish that today. Like I said, one play didn't lose us the game. We're going to get better."

How difficult was it to play with all of the injuries to the Ravens secondary ...

        "It's not tough at all. The way this organization is run, and the way that we practice, we're built for the week for things like that to happen. It's sad to see Jimmy (Smith) go down, but as the same time I had to step up and other guys had to step up."

LORENZO TALIAFERRO

Running back

You had a big game running the ball today, including scoring two touchdowns ...

        "All of those are good things, but at the end of the day we didn't come out with a win, so those touchdowns didn't mean anything."

You've got to be happy with the way the running game is going in this offense ...

        "The offensive line is doing a great job, and Justin (Forsett) comes in week by week and performs well. But you know, no matter how many touchdowns we run for, we've got to come out with a win. That's what matters at the end of the day."

On the last play when they called offensive pass interference, there must have been elation and then disappointment ...

        "Yeah, definitely. I didn't see what the call was. I definitely don't think it was pass interference, but we've got to get it done and improve next week."

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