Transcripts: Ravens Postgame Quotes

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh

Opening Remarks:

"Thanks for being here. Just told the team we'll learn from this. Plenty to learn from it obviously. It wasn't a game that we game planned for and it showed. We're just trying to get better during training camp and that's what we have to do here – continue to get better. The issues are going to be obviously the turnovers, the penalties, didn't stop the run game as well as we needed to. That's kind of where it got away from us."   

On whether he's concerned with the injuries piling up on the offensive line:

"It's not going to be concerning if we get those guys back. Those guys all are slated to come back, to my knowledge. We'll see about [G De'Ondre] Wesley. I don't think there's anybody else off the top of my head that wouldn't be slated to come back. So the key is getting them back. At one point we had … three guys playing out of position who had never practiced before. I thought they did a pretty good job with that. That's the preseason. That's how it works." 

On how much the depletion of the offensive line may have caused some of the penalties:

"I don't know. It's some of that. Some other issues. It's some of whatever it was."

On whether the tempo of the Eagles offense caused some of the penalties on defense:

"I don't know. We'll see. The tempo of the offense was tough and that's something that we hadn't prepared for. We didn't prepare for it by design. It's not something we're going to prepare for. I guess in the preseason it's pretty effective in that sense. If we were playing in the third preseason game, we'd probably prepare for it. I know we'd prepare for it because we game plan that a little bit more. There's no way we're going to game plan the second preseason game when we're still installing and trying to develop guys and find players and all that. So we were doing the best we could. We didn't have our phones for the whole first half so we couldn't get any calls out there and that really hurt us. We were out of position a bunch of times. Guys didn't know what the call was because the phones are crackling up on us the whole time. So that made it really challenging for us."        

Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco

On the offensive performance:

"The first couple drives we had, we got going. [On the] first one, I took a shot. I think I'd probably take that again. And then the second drive, we got a first down. Got a nice run on first down. And then we had a guy wide open over the middle with [WR] Marlon [Brown]. He's a 6" 5' wide receiver and I overthrew him by 5 feet, so you just can't have that. And after that it just wasn't very good, but in our third drive we got some guys hurt and things like that. But the biggest thing is I think we protected well. I think we ran the ball pretty decent early on and you just can't turn the ball over."

On the concern about the offensive line injuries:

"Obviously they're a big part of the football game and you want your best guys to play and you want to have a lot of guys that you can play. And we do. We have a lot of guys that we can really rely on up and down the lineup, but getting them all hurt is obviously not ideal. Hopefully they're all alright and it's nothing too, too serious."

On the plays were the offensive linemen had to shuffle because of injuries:

"It's a credit to our guys in the fact that they can just step in there and not really blink an eye. They just do what they're told and go out there and do a good job. It's something we'll look at and, like I said, hopefully the guys get better and nothing is too serious, but it's just part of the game."

On if he chalks up the turnovers to preseason or tries to analyze it:

"Not really. I think they're easily analyzed though. You can't turn the ball over if you want to play well. And the first one I was taking a shot there with one-on-one coverage and just thought we might have a good play. The second one, we had a guy wide open and I made a terrible throw. So decision-wise, as of right now, I would say I think we had shots, I just didn't make the throw that I needed to."

On if the third preseason game is a better evaluation of where the offense will be:

"I think you have to look at everything as a whole and we like to come out here and put our best foot forward every single game and we didn't do that tonight, but we have to look forward to next week and going out there and putting it back on."

Ravens RB Justin Forsett*

On how the first team offense performed:

"I think we executed on a lot of things. But, turnovers, we cannot do that and we got some injuries that we definitely did not need to happen for us but we showed some good stuff. We just have to move on and try to learn from the stuff that we did not do well."

On the state of the offensive line:

"We had different guys playing at different positions at certain times. We had [RG] Mashall [Yanda] playing tackle at one time. You do not want to do that in the preseason. So, we definitely have to go and get some guys healthy and get back to it."

On evaluating the running game from what is seen in practice and games:

"We have another year under our belts. You can see the chemistry that we have. We have no complaints with our guys up front. They open up the holes up front for us as running backs. They have been doing a great job. There were a lot of seams out there today and last week as well and I am excited about the future."

Ravens WR Marlon Brown

On getting back out on the field after injury:

"Aw, man, it felt great. I love playing football. It felt real good being out there with my team and making plays."

On whether he needs to make up for the missed practice and game time:

"Yes, definitely. I definitely have to make up for the lost time. I can tell I did not practice but I was just out there enjoying myself and trying to have a good time."

On the interception by QB Joe Flacco thrown his way:

"Really, I do not know what happened on his end. I just know the ball was kind of odd. It happens sometimes."

On dealing with injuries and missing time in training camp:

"I try not to live in the past. I try to live in the moment, think about the present. I just try to work off that. It is tough dealing with injuries and injuries happen all the time. You just have to deal with it day by day and get over it."

On dealing with the pressure from the roster numbers at the wide receiver position:

"You just have to go out there and relax and play football. At the end of the day, it's football. The ball is going to be in the air, you have to make a catch, you have to run after the catch and that is it. You cannot put so much pressure on yourself because that is when people start to mess up. I do not do that to myself and put pressure on myself where I start to mess up. You are never supposed to lose sight of what is really important and that is the moment."

On the sense of urgency with the upcoming third preseason game:

"It is definitely a sense of urgency. I feel at the end of the day, everyone on the team loves to play football so anytime there is a game, we will have a sense of urgency."  

Ravens ILB CJ Mosley

On practicing with the Eagles for the week:

"It was different, staying in the hotel for four days and practicing with another team in a different environment. You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. You have to prepare better for the game. We're grown men out here and we can't make excuses. You just have to adapt to the situation and then play when it comes to game time."

On the Eagles offense:

"They're a fast paced team and a no huddle team so we have to communicate out there. It's something we had to adjust to and fix. It was a test that may happen again later down the road so we have to adapt to it. They gashed us a couple of times, but at the end of the day it's on us to stop the offense"

Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs

On the team's 40-17 loss tonight:

"It's preseason for them too. It's nothing to make a big deal out of you just have to look at them and evaluate. It's only the second preseason game and the starters are out pretty early. You just learn from it. I've been around a long time and we've had years where we didn't play well in any preseason games and still thought we were going to win the Super Bowl. It's definitely a tricky offense to prepare for. They definitely didn't do any of that when we were practicing against them but we expected that. Teams aren't going to show their hands so to speak. They showed up and executed so you have to tip your cap to them. We will never see the Philadelphia Eagles again unless it's in San Francisco. When that time comes then we'll have to game plan again. It's an offense that no one in the NFL plays or sees a lot unless you are in their division. It's a learning experience, that's all we can pretty much take from it."

On his roughing the passer penalty on Eagles QB Sam Bradford:

"When you run the read-option you have to know the rules. If you want to run the read option with your starting quarterback that has had two knee surgeries, that's on you. That's not my responsibility to update you on the rules. I could have hit him harder than that. I eased up. I asked [Referee] Jerome [Boger] if he knew the rules in preseason. He said he was going to look at it. On the read-option there I got the quarterback. It's not my job to be reading. It's his job to read me."

On how he feels about the defense heading into the regular season:

"I feel good about it. We don't want to let them jump on us 14 points, but it's the NFL. Sometimes that happens where teams jump out on you, but it's all about how you respond. I think we responded pretty well. The Eagles are unique. They are really the only team that runs the offense the way they do and as efficient as they do. Other teams try to do it but they are not really as efficient as this team and the way [Eagles Head Coach] Chip [Kelly] runs it. When you play a team like that it gives you a learning experience for when we play other teams like that. You always want to be crisp but you definitely don't want to show your hand in preseason."

On how he would evaluate himself heading into the season:

"That's for you guys to decide, I'm just having fun. I'm healthy and that's pretty much it. You have to get through training camp healthy and play. I've been in the league for 13 years. We'll see when we walk up to Denver what percentage I'm at."

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