Transcripts: Ravens Postgame Quotes (Oct. 9)

Head Coach John Harbaugh

(opening statement) "First of all, credit to the Redskins. They played a good football game. They did what they had to do to win, made some plays down the stretch. I thought the quarterback [Kirk Cousins] played well in the second half. They did what they had to do to win the game. [I'm] just disappointed in the way we played. [I'm] just very disappointed. Because coaches and players – us – it starts with me. We're not playing the type of football we need to play to win a football game like that. Way too many self-inflicted mistakes. It's a long season. We're 3-2; we have plenty of time to get it fixed. We're very capable of playing winning football. We play winning football and we're going to win. We have the players, we have the scheme … We have everything we need. But, we can't play like that, and make the mistakes we made in this game and win the football game."

(on if losing two-straight games is cause for concern) "I think I just said it. We just have to play winning football. We have to come out and play winning football. We have a lot of the season left. There's five games down, we have 11 left. There's a lot of football games to be won. We have a lot of opportunities, but we have to play better, we have to coach better. We have to be better than we were today, that's for sure."

(on the performance so far of CB Tavon Young this season) "Tavon has played well. I think Tavon's had a really good season as a rookie. He's played five good games for us, whether we put him inside or in the slot. He has played well."

(on the decision to go with the fake field goal) "We definitely saw something we thought we could exploit. We felt like it would be there for us, and we gave it a shot, and it didn't work out for us."

(on the decision to place K Justin Tucker on the opposite side of the field) "That's the design of the play. They didn't see it. We had the thing executed when we got out there, but Crockett [Gillmore] stumbled a little bit, or he would have been clean. He would been wider. We would have had a better angle to throw the ball, but he got tripped up a little bit inside, so it wasn't as clean as we wanted it to be. We were aggressive with it. They were aggressive on fourth down going the other way. We stopped them on the fourth down that cost them the field goal. It was an aggressive call. I'm not second guessing it – you can second guess it – but, I'm not second guessing it. I've stood up here for nine years and said we're going to be aggressive. People are going to have to defend fakes, they're going to have to defend us going for it on fourth down – that's just the way we're going to continue to play, because that's what we believe in. We believe in giving our players a chance to make plays, and we're going to keep doing it. We're not apologizing for that."

(on if LB C.J. Mosley's interception-fumble was an error of effort) "Probably. You have to hold onto the ball there. Take two hands over the top of the pylon – that would be a technique coaching point. Other guys do it with one hand and hold onto the football. That's a very costly penalty. Not only do you lose the turnover, you lose 19 yards of field position. I think it's a crazy rule, but we have to understand that, and you have to protect the football when you're doing that."

(on if the team lost its spark after WR Steve Smith Sr. left the game) "I didn't really have a gauge or a meter on that."

(on if something changed with the offense after the opening drive) "I think we have to find our offense. We've had that all year, basically. That's been the story of the season. We can't find continuity on offense. We didn't protect the quarterback particularly well. He got hit way too much again. That has to stop. The run game was pretty good for the most part, but you can't just run the ball. You have to make some plays in the passing game."

(on if running the ball less towards the end of the game was intentional) "I don't know what the numbers are. If we only had eight rushes, the rest of the game, then we should have run it. But, most of that is because – you want to count numbers – because we didn't get first downs. Eight rushes and how many three-and-outs? So, how many runs do you want? That's the bottom line. You have to move the ball, you have to get first downs. We have to have more plays. How many plays did we have until the two-minute – if you're not going to count the two-minute drive? You just have to look at how many plays we had in those situations. I didn't think we abandoned the run. I would've liked to have seen us score. Once we got the turnover down there, we threw it and got nothing there. Maybe we could've run it there, if I was going to look back."

(on how disappointing it was to allow a punt-return touchdown) "I told the team in there, it starts with that. We have to get that fixed. Now we have special teams players who are starting on defense and the young guys aren't going to step up and play special teams, I guess. That has to change. We're not having it. That's what gave them the spark to get back in the game, in my mind. We let them back in the game with a punt return for a touchdown. It's not what we do. That's not winning football."

(on if it's worse to lose a tight game or a blowout) "I don't ever make a comparison question answer. That's a comparison question."

(on if he knows the status of WR Steve Smith Sr.) "I don't."

QB Joe Flacco

(on the offense and if it's showing enough and changes need to be made) "I'm not going to get into all that. We're not playing well enough. We're not making plays. Yeah, there's probably only a couple plays, we're only giving ourselves a couple of plays to be made, but when they're there, we're just not making them. We are running off the field way too much. Definitely, definitely not fun to be out there today, just after the first series."

(on if most of the plays are designed to be a few yards short of the first down) "It's tough to tell. I have to look at those plays. It was definitely tough when you're hitting [TE] Dennis [Pitta] in a flat route on a third down, and you're not really giving yourselves a chance. Yeah, I don't know what to say. You've got to take what you have, and when it's not working, it doesn't look good."

(on what the problem was after the first drive) "We just didn't play well. I thought we ran the ball good early on and probably didn't take full advantage of that early on, and in the second half came out trying to do it and were just running off the field too quickly. There was just a lot of bad play."

(on having different offensive linemen each week hurts the offense) "I think, obviously, when you don't have your original 11 out there, you're not in the most ideal situation. But I think those guys step in and they play very hard, and they do a great job. It probably affects you a little bit, but it's not an excuse, not to be as bad as we were today."

(on if the offense needs to be more aggressive) "Probably. When I say that, you know, in those situations, you know, in a 16-10 ballgame, in a tight ballgame like that, we have to find ways to be aggressive, yes. But if it's not there, it's still not there, and you have to – three points makes all the difference, and you've got to be patient, be as patient as you can, and that's tough. I've got to be honest, it's tough. You know, I'm trying to be as patient as I can today and do all the right things, and when things aren't working out, it is not pretty. It does not feel good to continue to not score points. Right now, we're playing to win on the last drive or have our defense hold on the last drive, and it's not a good formula."

(on how disappointing it was to lose the late TD call) "Well, everybody was pretty excited. I really, to be honest with you, I didn't really have too much of an up-and-down emotion at that point. I knew it was tight over there, and I don't know if you saw me or not, but I mean I just started walking off the field. I didn't celebrate at all. I didn't do anything because I wasn't sure what was going on. I couldn't see if he got his feet in. I wasn't sure if he stepped out of bounds before that. I started walking around and just asking people. There was a little glimmer of hope when I started asking people what they thought. They thought that he was in, so I started to let myself kind of think that, but not really. I never really believed it because you know how many things can happen, and you know that's going to get looked at, so I wanted to kind of hold my emotion until I knew it for sure."

(on how holding his emotions comes into play after losing two straight) "It is frustrating. I'm not happy, especially when you play that. It's embarrassing to run off the field in front of your home fans, in front of your teammates. Our defense is putting up awesome fights every week, and we're just running on and off the field, basically. So, it doesn't feel good as the quarterback, as the leader of this offense, to continue to do that. I'm going to stand tall. I'm going to take it. It definitely is not fun, and it definitely, it's not a good feeling, and I feel that. At the same time, like I said, I'm going to stand tall and take it on me and just move on. The next week comes pretty quickly, and we've got to be ready to go."

ILB Zachary Orr

(on how much of an adjustment it was after losing ILB C.J. Mosley) "Pretty much after that first drive that he was out, I feel we adjusted pretty well. It was just kind of real crazy because it wasn't a TV timeout or anything, and we had to get the helmets [with communication] switched and all that. With C.J. going out, [he's] one of our best players, we had to step up."

(on playing against the Redskins, the team his father played for) "Oh, man, it's just another opponent. It doesn't matter who it is. My job is to try and perform to the best of my ability for the Baltimore Ravens no matter who's on our schedule."

(on how the return TD bothered him since he was on the punt team) "I'm on the punt team. I'm part of the problem. I missed a tackle on that return, and I felt like I could have saved a touchdown. That's on me. We've got to find a way to correct it, but it definitely is going to sting for a little bit. But you know, you've got to move on. Like we always say, it's a 24-hour rule, no matter win, lose, no matter how good it is, no matter how bad it is…you've got to find a way to move on, and we've got to get out of this funk that we're in."

(on why the coverage team is having problems) "I don't know. I don't know. I really can't explain it. It's different situations, different weeks and everything, and I haven't gotten a chance to see the film…yet. But it's something that we definitely have to correct because we're not doing it. I don't think it's anything scheme-wise, it's just us as players have to go out there and make plays and make tackles."

(on the frustration of losing two in a row at home) "It's real frustrating, especially our crowd's been coming out here, being nice and rowdy for us, giving us great energy, and the last two weeks we continue to let them down, and that's on us. We have to find a way to win. But our coach told us, you know, we're 3-2, as much as this hurts and as much as we have a lot to correct, it's not the end of the world. So, we can't let this [hang] over us. We have to find a way to get out of this, but it's definitely frustrating."

K Justin Tucker

(on the fake field goal play) "It's something that we have had drawn up for a while, and we were waiting for the right opportunity to use it. We felt that we got a look that we liked. At the end of the day we would've liked to have converted it at least into a first down if not points."

(on placing him as a left-footed kicker) "Our thinking was that if our guys in practice didn't notice it, and we have some smart players on the other side of the ball, then we'd have a chance to put one over on somebody on gameday."

(on if the wind a factor) "There's always discussion about the wind, and the gusts were up to about 30 miles per hour. But it's interesting – last week, for the first time in my five years here, there was no wind to speak of, which was quite rare. It's always something that we talk about, just from a planning perspective. We know we've got to get to a line to get three points. Today, that line moved up a little bit because the difficulty of a kick into a cross-wind like today goes up. Today we had to be logical in our decision making. We're usually pretty good about that."

(on if the wind was a factor on the pass) "No. The wind was not a factor. We've practiced that play for five years, really. … probably longer than that. Whatever we work on in practice, obviously some of this is like trade secrets, and we can't be spilling the beans here. But when we run something in practice and feel good about it, then it's good enough to run during the game, because we like our chances. It just so happened that Crockett [Gillmore] may have slipped on the play. But it's just one of those things that you wish you could have back, but you don't. You just have to have the defense be able to go and pick it up from that point forward."

(on the last time he threw a pass in a game) "I couldn't tell you. I think the last time I threw a pass was in high school on a botched PAT attempt. So there you go."

(on what he saw on the line of scrimmage) "I don't really want to get into too many of the specifics there, because we might run it next week."

(on if the pressure from the Redskins defender bothered the throw) "No. I think I could've thrown a stronger ball in there, not laid it up there. When you practice it over and over again, you might get a really clean look at it, and that's what we were hoping for. But their edge-rusher made a pretty quick adjustment after coming off the ball. More often than not, you'll see those dudes just crash underneath and try to make a play to block the kick. So, you have to give them credit for sniffing it out when they did. It wasn't too late on their side. It forced me to make an off-balanced throw."

(on if he felt good about it when he threw it) "Yeah, I kind of did, but I'm not a quarterback. But, I'd like to think I still have some football skills outside of just being able to kick the ball. I trust my ability to throw the ball, catch the ball, run it, tackle somebody if I need to, and that's what we had prescribed today. Would I like to have that one back? Sure, but we don't get that luxury. We move on."

G/T Alex Lewis

(on how he felt playing left tackle) "Yeah, it's like getting on a bike again. But I have to be more consistent on the edge. We have to keep Joe [Flacco] upright. It's never as good as you think and it's never as bad as you think after the game. So we just have to go watch tape and we'll fix it and get better."

(on the O-line shuffle after Rick Wagner's injury) "We have great leaders like Marshal [Yanda]. Marshal stepped up to the plate – said he was going to take it, and he did a heck of a job out there. [Ryan] Jensen came in, and he plays hard. There was a lot of shuffling going on, but I think we did well. We'll watch tape as a group, fix it and get better."

(on the opening drive touchdown – first one of the season) "That drive was great. I just wish every drive was like that. We still have things to correct though. We have to come together as a team, keep pounding it and get better as a team."

(on the running game clicking early) "I thought the run game was good. … Passing game was good. We just have to make the plays where they need to be made."

RB Terrance West

(on frustration of losing) "It's frustrating. It's a game we're supposed to win. We beat ourselves."

(on his day) "We ran the ball well. We took advantage of the opportunities and the holes they gave us, and we ran with it."

(on his limited carries) "That's not my decision. I don't call the plays. We came up short. When they called my number, I just tried to make a play."

(on offensive line injuries affecting the running game) "Not at all. I take my hat off to the Redskins. They beat us, but I think we beat ourselves as well. We shot ourselves in the foot."

(on moving forward) "We can't let these last two weeks take away from our whole season. It's a long season, and we're 3-2 right now. We have to take one game at a time and put this in the past. It starts in practice."

(on John Harbaugh's message after the game) "We can't be giving away points. We have to make plays. We have to find the right people that are going to make plays, and it's going to start this week."

(on losing as a Raven) "It's very personal because I'm a fan of this team. I grew up as a Ravens fan. I'm on this team to help this team win, and it's very frustrating to come up short two weeks in a row. We could be easily 5-0."

(on his first half success) "When my number is called, I'm going to give it my all on the field. I'm going to go out there and try to make a play for this team."

(on missing out on a win two weeks in a row) "It's very frustrating. I know that we can get it done. We just have to put it all together. Hopefully, we can start this week in practice and get it going."

(on him being successful but the team not being successful) "It's very frustrating, but I can only control what I can control, so when they give me the ball, I have to make a play. Next time, if I get five more yards, we might win a game. Everybody just has to go back this week and work harder."

(on struggling after their first drive) "We shot ourselves in the foot. Penalties put us in a hole. First-and-20, and things like that can affect the game. The punt return; things like that can change the game. We just have to put it all together. When we put it all together, we're going to be a great team."

(on how to get better) "Everybody sees what we can be. We have great players on this team. Like I said before, we just have to put it all together. I'm excited to see what we can do when we put everything together. Special teams, passing and running the ball, we put that all together, and we can be a great team."

NT Brandon Williams

(on overcoming back-to-back losses) "We just have to go back to the drawing board and see what we did wrong, and fix it."

(on the Redskins' offensive success in the second half) "We didn't execute the way we should have. There's some things that we just didn't get done."

(one taking away the Redskins' rushing attack) "I feel like we have the best front seven in the League. It's just coaching and execution."

(on the Ravens' short-yardage defense) "It's all coaching and execution. We always rely on one another to make those big plays. We look at each other and say, 'We have to get it done,' and we do."

CB Tavon Young

(on dealing with two straight losses) "It's the NFL, you're going to win some, and you're going to lose some. We just have to attack every week and keep on moving forward."

(on being a bigger part of the defense) "All week, coach told me that I was the next man up, so I was ready. Once my moment came, I just went out there and played with confidence. I just did what I know."

(on stopping the Redskins in the fourth quarter) "You have to get the offense the ball as many times as you can so they can put points on the board. We have a good offense; things just didn't go our way today. We're ready to come back next week."

OLB Terrell Suggs

(on whether he looks at it like the team was one play away from winning the game) "It's a [expletive] feeling. [Expletive] that, losing sucks. The way we are losing is very unfortunate, and it is very disappointing. I don't think, in the history of coach [John Harbaugh] being here, we have ever lost two at home. We are going to go to work as a team. We lost these last two as a team. We have to dig ourselves out of the hole we just put ourselves in, and we have to play better all around."

(on whether there is any reason he can pinpoint they haven't been able to pull out the last two games) "No, I can't, to be totally honest with you. Like I said, it is a disappointing feeling. To lose two in a row at home, it sucks. Now, we need help around the league. We had control of our division, and now we are 3-2. It is not the worst place in the world to be, but we could have been in a better place. It is just very disappointing, because we are a better team than what we have shown out there on the field. We work hard all week, and, like I said, to go out there and drop two ... it sucks. There's no other way to describe it, but we are men. We are a family in here, so we are just going to go to work. We will let you guys talk about how bad we stink, but we know there is still a lot of football to be played. In five games, we are at 3-2. It could be a lot worse, but we know we should be in a better place. We have 11 games left, and we are going to go to work."

(on how big a momentum swing it was when C.J. Mosley fumbled the ball out of the end zone) "We didn't look at it like that. We thought we were going to go out there and get another one. They got a drive going. We were supposed to get a stop, but it didn't work out that way. C.J. [Mosley] is a big part of this team, and we are a young team, but we just have to respond better. When he went out, it got kind of chaotic, but that's no excuse. We have lost guys before, and, like I said, we just have to respond better. I don't think our coaches can do a better job. We just definitely have to respond better, and that starts with the veterans on the team."

(on whether they played well enough to win the game) "Obviously not. We lost the game, and we lost at home. We have to play better. We have to respond better. We are going to get it fixed. We can't keep disappointing ourselves like this, and we can't keep disappointing our fans like this. They come out here, and they show up, and they want to see us win. Like I said, this is very disappointing, but we are going to go to work."

WR Mike Wallace

(on the offensive struggles) "I think, honestly, our problem is we get too many penalties. I got one myself early on a holding call, and that kind of set the drive back. Everybody has their time when they set the offense back with holding calls or an offsides. I think penalties are our biggest problem. It is kind of hard for coach to call plays when it is first-and-20 or second-and-15. We just have to stop killing ourselves with the penalties."

(on if the team missed Steve Smith Sr.'s energy or if they had to change things up when he left the game) "Not at all. When you lose a player like that it is obviously going to take something away from you, but I don't think anybody was down. You just have to finish the game. Breshad [Perriman] made a great play. He just didn't come down with it. It was just one of those unfortunate days. We have been on the good side, and we have been on the bad side of it. We just have to keep grinding, and I think we will be OK."

(on whether it is hard to believe that a team with so many offensive weapons has struggled the way the Ravens have) "Yeah, it is crazy. Like you say, we have so much talent, but it is crazy. We will figure it out. We still have 11 games left, and we will be OK. We just have to get it together. We will pick it up."

(on whether he feels OK) "Yeah, I'm OK. I will always be alright."

(on whether he feels OK about the shot he took in the ribs) "Yes. It is a man's game. You have to get up. I wanted to bounce up fast, but that one kind of got me. I think that is the longest I have ever been down in my career."

(on whether he thinks the injury will prevent him from playing next Sunday) "I'm a little sore right now, but I will be fine for Sunday. That is the plan. Most definitely. It's always the plan to suit up."

S Lardarius Webb

(on whether the team needs to panic after losing two straight or whether it is not that serious) "I think any loss ... it is not an alarm, but we have to go to work. We have to get better. Speaking of the defense, we just have to put things together. We have to keep working on the little things and try not to let them score any touchdowns. If we don't let them score, we can win. We can always improve on a lot of different things."

(on how tough it was for the defense with C.J. Mosley out) "I don't think it was tough. I think we were kind of prepared. We have Zach Orr, who has been playing lights out this year. He kind of moved over. We brought in Anthony Levine Sr., and we also have Albert McClellan. They were ready for that. They have been in that position before. We do miss C.J. He was one of the leaders and a play caller, but I think we were prepared for it. I think Zach did perfect."

(on how tough it was to deal with the emotions after the C.J. Mosley fumble) "It was tough. I kind of saw it happen, but it was a big play. I can't take away the big play that C.J. made. The ball went out of the back end. It would have swung the momentum for us, but we have to let it go and come back fighting. It was a big play and big moment in the game, because it drove the ball back down after it. The defense stood strong until the end, and we just have to keep fighting."

TE Darren Waller

(on his special teams contributions) "That's what I can do, and do it well, so I just do my role. Whenever you try to think about doing something that's not your role, then that's when you don't focus on what you have to do. I'm focusing on what I have to do now, which is special teams and helping out in the run game, so that's what I'm going to do."

(on if he was on the punt team for Washington's touchdown return) "Yes, I was."

(on if he can point to anything as to why that occurred) "[We've] probably got to look at the film. I can't really tell you about anybody else, because I was just running down there. I can't speak for anybody else."

(on how disappointing that was) "That was definitely disappointing. I felt like after that, the special teams leaders on the sideline kind of stepped up, and after that our punt coverage was pretty solid from there on out. But, yeah, we just can't allow that to happen."

WR Breshad Perriman

(on the swing in emotions from thinking he had the game-winning score to having to go back on the field) "It went from real good to real bad real quick. But at the same time, I tried to kind of hype myself up afterwards, once they reversed it, tried to hype myself up so I could stay positive and try to make another play."

(on the play from his perspective) "Press. The [coverage] was press, and I had a release on him and Joe [Flacco] threw it up and … I knew I was close to the sideline, but I thought my heel dragged down before I went out, but that wasn't the case."

(on how tough it will be to let that play go) "I don't know. I've never had a situation like this, so I'm sure it's going to be tough. It's going to be on my mind probably all week until the next game. So, go out there with that in my mind and kind of give me an edge and kind of make me a little [hungrier], and go out there and improve day-to-day."

(on what WR Steve Smith Sr. told him when he got in the locker room) "Basically just keep my head up. Got to make the catch, like I already knew, but just keep my head up, stay positive, things like that."

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