Transcripts: Ravens Postgame Quotes 8/29

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Head Coach John Harbaugh

(opening statement) "OK, good to see you guys. Appreciate you being here. A lot to talk about, as far as the game. I can't wait to see the tape and kind of just flush it all out. Especially with the 'twos.' [If] you go past the start of the game, I thought the 'twos' … I would've liked to see them play better against their 'ones.' When their 'twos' came in against our 'twos' and 'threes,' we didn't play well enough. That's really the bottom line, in terms of the big picture of the game. [There were] some crazy plays, missed opportunities, chances that we had with the 'ones' to score a bunch of points early. [We] should've had a bunch more points early, and we didn't do it. That's probably the biggest disappointment with the 'ones.'"

(on the first-quarter scuffle) "It's a preseason game. We have 90 guys on both benches. It wasn't getting calmed down very quickly. We get the [NFL] memos and everything, about the fighting, so I figured, 'Let me go out there and kind of just get our guys back out of the way, and it would be fine.' That's kind of the way it worked out, so it seemed fine."

(on this being a more aggressive preseason game) "It was a hard-played game. It's the third preseason game, and both teams have a lot of pride. It was a hard-played game."

(on if anything was said on the Redskins sideline) "Did I go off? I don't remember going off. You mean, to come out on the field?" *(reporter: "No, after.") *"No, I didn't say anything, that I remember to anybody. Something was said to me, but that doesn't bother me, what gets said to me out there." 

(on CB Asa Jackson's long kick return) "I'm pretty pleased with most of the blocking on that. That play was really good, and some of the other ones, too, were well blocked, for the most part. The wedge was a little late on the last one. If we had that wedge a little earlier on the last one, I think we would've been pretty good, too. Even the one where he dropped the ball, we still got some pretty good yards dropping the ball in the end zone. I'd like to see it caught. The biggest concern I have with those guys is dropping the ball. Asa made a bad decision, and he knows that. You have to fair catch that. That kind of hang time, you have to fair catch it. Obviously, dropping the kick off that we had was not great either."

(on an update on DT Timmy Jernigan) "I don't have any injury updates at all. We'll have to learn more about that in the next day or two."

(on RB Terrence Magee as a running back and returner) "He's a hard runner. That's probably what you see the most. He takes it north, south, and lowers his pads. And he looks like a Southeastern Conference runner there. He's very physical."

(on whether he was upset about not scoring on the long kickoff return) "Not disappointed. You want to score. I think [if] we hold on to the football there, we score. You might be in a regular season game, 13, nothing … Was it 13, nothing? – I believe – at the time? We missed a field goal, which was a little unusual. We might have kicked that there, in that situation, but at this point in time, we're going to go for that, see what our guys can do, give them a chance to make some plays."

(on how much the backup units have been challenged in the preseason) "That's a great point. They have been challenged, have seen a lot of growth. A lot of guys are playing probably a little ahead of where they are on the depth chart, in terms of the 'twos' playing with the 'ones' the last couple of weeks, and the 'threes' playing with the 'twos' probably more so than any [other] place, on our offensive line, obviously. It's good for them. It's preseason; we expect them to go out there and play as well as the guy that was out there before them, in front of them. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. But, it's certainly an opportunity for those guys to make a name for themselves."

(on whether it was nice to see S Terrence Brooks play) "It was. I can't wait to see the tape on Terrence, and I really don't know, because I didn't have a chance to just catch him play. I didn't see anything bad, so that's good. I didn't really focus on him too much; some other things were going on. But, I can't wait to see the tape and see how he did."

(on whether CB Asa Jackson made a case as a starting returner) "I don't know. I can't really handicap it, and I'm not sure. But, it was a nice play. He looked good on that one."

(on TE Crockett Gillmore's continued development) "He's a guy that I have had a lot of faith in all the way through, as a blocker and a pass receiver. People want to label him a blocker; he's a very good blocker, but he has a chance as a pass receiver, too. And, it was nice to see that play. I would've loved to have seen those points on the board. It was nice to see those plays get made. And, I guess that's really what you're looking for."

(on whether RB Javorius Allen's fumble will be a learning experience for him) "It's both. It's a learning experience, certainly, and he has a lot of … He's very conscientious, he really wants to be a good player. He's in there taking it very hard, which is what you expect. We don't ask guys to say it's their fault, or it's, 'My bad.' We're not into all of that. We all know whose fault it was. We all know whose mistake it was. We all take responsibility. We don't have to sit up there and say anything. I thought he handled it very well, and he just needs to get better. He makes nice plays running the ball. I thought he ran hard. He had some good pick-ups in pass protection, but you have to hold on to the football. As a running back … It's just not possible to put runners out there that fumble the football. He's going to have other opportunities and chances going forward, and I really believe he's going to be a very good player. But, he's going to have to learn from that."

(on if he is pleased with the strides that the starting offense has made in the preseason) "Yes, I am. When you look at it play by play … And we could've put a bunch of points up if we don't have some crazy things happen, or make mistakes, or fumble the football in the end zone. Those were actually the 'twos' there. I think we had the 'twos' out there at that point. Maybe some of the starters were still out there on that drive. If you look at it play by play, I think the 'ones' played very well. Even in the Philadelphia game, the interceptions are what cost us. The execution on a bunch of plays was really very good, but you know what? That's encouraging. That's good. Our guys are excited to play, and I don't have any doubt that we're going to go into the Denver game a very good offense, and we'll see what happens there. That's the time to prove it. That's the time we're going to have to demonstrate that we're a good team. I'm not going to sit here and say, 'We're all that.' We're not. We're not that until we start playing the games and we find out what we are. But, I have a lot of confidence in our offense."

(on the strides that the starting defense has made in the preseason) "I feel the same way. There are certainly areas that we have some things [to work on]. We're banged up a little bit in a couple spots, and we're going to need those guys back for Denver. But, I think our defense, our 'ones,' played very well throughout the whole preseason. Every time they've been out there, they've played really well. The two-minute drive [was] a little bit disappointing in the sense of the late hit, or roughing the quarterback. I can't wait to see that on tape. I want to see if it was two steps. [Terrence Brooks] told me that he took two full steps. If he's inside of two steps, it's a legal hit. It felt to me like it was less than two steps. We have to rush the passer, and we have to teach those guys off that tape. That's the only way a guy like Terrence will learn from that and get a feel for the timing on that. So, we'll see how that one plays out. The zone read play that [Terrell] Suggs got tackled on, those are the two big plays in there on that drive. I don't want to overreact to that kind of a deal, but still, you want to step up and get them stopped in the red zone. I like the 'twos.' We had two back-to-back sudden-change stops with the second defense, which was good to see those guys rise up and get that done. That was a positive for those guys."

(on if he was surprised by the player ejections) "I didn't see it. I didn't really see what happened as far as all of that. There were no punches thrown from what I was told, so I'm pleased about that. To me, it's walk back to the huddle. You move back to the huddle, play the next play. You do your talking with your play, do it with your pads. That's how we want to play."

(on WR Steve Smith Sr. breaking tackles in the preseason) "I'll tell you, Steve played tremendously well. He played really, really great, and I'm excited about that – we all are."

(on OLB Za'Darius Smith lining up on the inside) "That was by design. We've put him in there a number of times in practice so far in camp so he has a chance to move around better and potentially be one of those guys. At the same time, he has a lot to learn. He has a lot to learn about playing. He has had way too many times where he has a one-hand-stab pass rush that slides up into the face or chin, or whatever it's going to. He has done it in practice, and he has done it in games. That has to stop. I told him that. You have to be good enough or come up with another couple of pass-rush moves so that doesn't happen. That's the kind of penalty that is unacceptable. That's a foolish penalty. There's no reason for that. That's just bad technique. Those are the kind of things that he and other guys have to clean up."

(on what CB Tray Walker can learn from this game) "He'll learn. I think he'll learn from it naturally. You want to tackle people, you have to see what you hit, and you have to wrap them up. You're not going to knock anybody down by throwing a shoulder in there. You're not going to tackle anybody by dropping your head. It doesn't happen. Plus, it's not safe. As far as coverage, I'd like to see a little more confidence. Get out there and challenge people and cover them. You have skills. Don't back off and play like you think you can't cover that guy. Get up there and cover him."  

QB Joe Flacco

(on the performance of the starters and first-teamers) "I feel good about it. Wish we would have converted  down in there more. A couple of penalties, I think, stopped us here and there. But overall, I think we've got a lot to build off of and a lot to feel good about. I think it was a good little test run before we go back out there for the next time."

(on the TD pass to Steve Smith Sr., was he one of the initial reads) "It wasn't really even that deep [of] a throw. They brought the corners over, and [I] knew they were in some kind of man coverage, and from then it just kind of makes your read pretty simple. Still kind of looking for the guy in the flat, but they did a good job covering him. So, it was just one-on-one with Steve, giving him the ball and really just a great job by him making the play after he gets the ball in his hands. That's what he's great at doing."

(on if he was pleading his case to stay out there longer) "No, I didn't. I felt bad for Matt [Schaub], because he had no idea. The plan was for at least me to play through the half, maybe come out in the third quarter. I kind of felt bad for Matt, just throwing him out there, because he wasn't warmed up or loose. But other than that, no, I didn't plead my case. Marshal [Yanda] said he saw my jersey walking away from him as they were getting in the huddle, getting ready to go [on] the field. He's like, 'Oh, man, Joe's done.' So it's just the name of the game. In the preseason, I listen to the coach and do as he says."

(on if he likes where the offense is at this point) "Yeah, I do. I think as a quarterback, you never feel totally satisfied with where you are. We've got a lot to do to get better, and we have a lot of things that have to play out before we get to Week 1, so we can really decide who's going to be on the team. A lot of things are going to happen from today until the first time we lace them up. We've got to get guys healthy and just work on the consistency of everything and cleaning our game up a little bit. I think it was a good little run, like I said, and now we've just got to build off of it."

(on the TD pass to Crockett Gillmore, did he see where the offensive pass interference was) "I didn't see it. We went back and looked at it. I was looking at the wrong guy. I thought they called it on Marlon [Brown], who was going over the middle, and that wasn't the guy. That's not who they called it on. So, I wasn't looking at the right guy. I had to go back and look at it. But I mean, all he was doing was running a seam down the middle of the field, so it's not like anybody picked anybody for him. So, yeah, I was kind of just confused as to how we just ran basically all verticals, so I was confused as to how that would even be pass interference on that play."

(on Gillmore's effort on that play)  "Oh, it was great. That's one of those ones that you're upset about not scoring on and all that, but being that it's preseason, it's a great play to just have out there and teach off of. We still ran it and still did a good job on it, I think. That just gives you a little bit of an insight as to what he's capable of doing."

CB/RS Asa Jackson

(on his 103-yard kickoff return) "They were driving it deep, so I didn't really get a good read on the ball. But I was able to catch it, and we had been talking all week about the blocks. The guys blocked so well on that play, I could see it setting up. They just gave me a crease, and I tried to hit it and let my instinct take over from there. I probably should've stayed up the right sideline, but I decided to cut it back and ended up getting caught at the end."

(on the competition for punt returner) "That's not for me to decide, that's up to the coaches. I'm just trying to do the best I can at whatever role they want me to play on this team. As long as I'm here, and as long as I'm able to contribute, that's all I want."

(on the fumbled punt) "Late in the game, and I wanted to make a play. I should've taken a peek, I didn't. I tried to catch the ball, and I got hit. It's nothing other than that, it's all on me. That's inexcusable, and I can't put my team in that position. It's not going to happen again, I'm going to get better from this in the regular season."

(on being ready to catch the kickoff) "That's what it's all about, all you need is one. We've been close on a couple of returns earlier this season, and it was time. The guys had been blocking their whole rear ends off this preseason, and it was time that they got rewarded."

(on the Ravens' secondary play tonight) "It's all going to come down to just watching the film and getting reps. As we grow together, we'll get everything figured out, and I'm sure everything will be fine for the regular season.

TE Crockett Gillmore

(on his touchdown that was called back) "It was just a little seam route that we have. We wrapped the release, and it puts their defensive backs in a bind, so we were able to get open down the middle of the field. Pre-snap, I knew I was getting the ball, so all I wanted to do was catch the ball and score."

(on the Redskins' defense trash-talking) "He may have been talking, but I don't pay any attention to that. It's like a mosquito, they just keep flying around, and you just keep smacking them."

(on if he's ready to be the starting tight end) "I felt ready from the beginning, from the moment I started training. It's not new to me."

QB Matt Schaub

(on evaluating his performance) "I know the numbers weren't great, but there were a lot of things that happened out there. There were a lot of situations out there that caused us not to score. We've gotta be better. I've gotta be better. We had a couple of penalties and sacks, and the flow wasn't great, but I think we are fine. We moved the ball well on that one drive, and I think, overall, there's a lot of good to come out of this."

(on the injuries to the offensive line) "It's just part of the game, although there have been quite a few I must admit. And then Ryan [Jensen] went out tonight. We have a bunch of guys playing in different spots. First, they start at one spot and then, they have to move to another spot during the game. And they are young guys, so there's a lot to learn there. But I think, overall, they played well, and we still have enough time to get healthy."

(on back-to-back, double-digit losses) "I mean guys were competing hard, trying to go after balls and making plays. I think you can take something out of every game, good and bad, including preseason. No one ever is going to play the perfect game. You're never as good as you played or as bad as you played, but no one likes to lose like this even in preseason. But it's a long season, and we've got a long way to go."

(on how he feels after three games) "It's been very competitive in the team setting here. I was a little disappointed in the result here tonight, but it's all part of the game."

DE Chris Canty

(on performance of starting defense) "Lackluster. There are a lot of things we need to improve on. We weren't sharp, we didn't play the kind of football we are accustomed to playing on that side of the ball. Fortunately, this is an opportunity for us to learn from the tape. We will look at it, we'll take a long, hard look at it, see areas we can improve and try to get better in a hurry."

(on overall team performance) "We have a lot of room for improvement. Certainly we didn't play the type of football we want to play. I don't think we looked good in any phase of football. We've got to improve. We've got a lot of things to clean up. Defensively, we've got to find a way to stop the run. We've got to find a way to create some turnovers. We've got to find a way to put pressure on the passer. Those are just things that we did not do well tonight. Those are things that have been our trademark, our calling card, so to speak, the last couple of years. We've got a lot of room for improvement."

(on defensive line injuries) "It was tough seeing guys go down, but we don't make excuses. It's next man up. We have confidence in the guys that are in the game, that they will get the job done, and that's how we approach everything."

(on his first preseason snaps) "I would have liked to have been a little better. I would have liked for us to perform a little bit better as a unit. I would have liked to have performed better personally. I'm disappointed, but it's an opportunity for us to look at the tape. It's an opportunity for us to improve. That's what I'm looking forward to now."

WR Kamar Aiken

(on his performance) "There is some stuff I can get better at. I'm not fully polished, but there's some stuff I did well and there's some I could learn from. I've just got to watch the tape, see the stuff I can learn from, better myself next week, and get ready for the season."

(on if the offense will be ready for Denver Broncos) "We'll be ready in two weeks. We've got two weeks to prepare, and we'll be ready when it's time for us to board that plane to Denver."

RB Javorius Allen

(on offensive line's performance) "They're doing a great job. It's my job to go out there and make plays and hold onto the ball. I have no excuse. When my number's called, I just have to go out there and execute and play."

(on disappointment with fumble at goal line) "Most definitely … Like I said, it's my job to hold onto the rock and get into the end zone. Put two hands on the ball and hold on tight. So I can't blame [anybody] but myself."

(on his overall performance) "I did pretty well running behind a good offensive line. They're willing to do their job. When every man is doing their job and we can go out there and execute it."

(on what Coach John Harbaugh said after the fumble) "Just let it go. That's how you respond. Anybody would hate to fumble on the goal line. Just put it behind you. That's how I respond. It's behind me and we're going to go back to work."

(on his performance) "I did pretty well. Like I said earlier, I ran behind a good offensive line and can't ask for anything better."

OLB Courtney Upshaw

(on how the game went tonight) "We prepared to win the game, honestly. I think everybody would say the same, [whether] it's the starters, the two's [or] the three's. We don't really do it, two's and three's like that; whoever is in the game expects to perform at their best. So, of course, we want to win the game."

(on if he felt the starters had a decent performance tonight) "I think as a whole we made plays. 'Sizz' [Terrell Suggs] with the interception … I think we ran to the ball, but the outcome, we lost the game. So, as a whole we want to win the game, no matter who's in the game."

LB Daryl Smith

(on there being a lot of emotions on the field tonight ) "Yeah, it's a dress rehearsal for us, but we definitely want to come out and have a good showing. Anytime you're playing there's a lot of emotion our way, and it gets the best of us a little bit, but we'll be all right."

(on the game getting heated a little bit) "It's emotional, but at the end of the day we're a family and we're going to look out for each other. Like I said, it just got a little testy there for a moment, and after that we calmed down and just played ball."

(on what he takes away from tonight's game) "There's always things that we can learn from, and we definitely did some things that we can build on. We'll watch the film and see what we can do better."

RB Justin Forsett

(on his assessment of the running game) "We're making big strides. I think it helps that this is another year under our belt. The offensive line has done a great job. We've got some guys banged up, but the guys that stepped in, they did a good job."

(on the offense as a whole starting well and then getting sort of stuck later) "That's what happens when you [have] turnovers. We know we can't have that and be successful. So, we've got to tidy up a few things, but I'm excited about what we're able to do, able to get points on that first drive and produce some good things in the run game. So, I'm excited about Week One."

(on if there is much difference to the offense this year under offensive coordinator Marc Trestman) "It's a lot of similarities to what we did last year, especially in the run game. Still a zone-blocking scheme, and I think that only helps us."

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