RAVENS HEAD COACH JOHN HARBAUGH
Q: What are your general thoughts on the game?
Harbaugh: "It was very disappointing. We are going to have to find a way to improve as a football team. We have to play all three phases. We have to play well together, and obviously we haven't done that in these two games out west. We have to go back to work and improve."
Q: What kind of defensive issues did you face today?
Harbaugh: "They [Raiders] had us off balance the whole game. They ran it out, they spread us out, tightened up a little bit, threw those screens out to get yards, made us miss tackles, made big plays in the first half, had a couple of double moves and threw it over our head. We missed a coverage or two. We played wrongly and incorrectly. When you give up big plays in the first half and the wide screens in the second half. We played better, but we didn't stop them from running the ball. It was our fault in the final drive, obviously."
Q: Talk about the Raiders offensive play.
Harbaugh: "They're throwing the ball very quick. The biggest thing they had was on the boot, that's when you have time to throw it. You got to get off those run blocks. You have to bring pressure off the edge to get in the quarterback's face in the boot, and we were never able to do that. We got out-played and we got out-coached, there's no doubt about it. We have to find a way to win the game at the end. We had a chance to win it at the end. We had an interception. I thought we had it won, but we didn't."
Q: Why was OLB Jason Babin placed on inactive?
Harbaugh: "You can only put 46 guys up here. He's here for a week. We have Za'Darius Smith working hard and he had some speed out there. That's where we're at."
Q: Talk about the Will Hill interception play.
Harbaugh: "I didn't see a replay of it. I asked the official about it, he said the guy on the sideline made the call and it needs to be egregious. It needs to be big in that situation. I have to look at it and see if that's what it looked like. I thought it was a great play by Will Hill, he had position and made it one of those great NFL football plays. I thought we had the game won there."
RAVENS QB JOE FLACCO
Q: General comments on the game?
Flacco:"Obviously, it's two losses no matter when you play them. So, we're going to have to look at some positive. But we're not playing good enough as a team to win football games. That's what happens- you lose games."
Q: Would you like to change anything about that last pass to Steve Smith Sr.?
Flacco: "Yeah, obviously. I let it go and the guy fell down. I didn't leave Steve [Smith Sr.] too much room. It would have made a little difference at the end- they [Raiders] would have had to score a touchdown to send it into overtime. We would probably still be playing, at the least.
Q: How much of a challenge is it for you to start off with an 0-2 record?
Flacco: "We have to take it one game at a time. We're not going to be able to get 2-2, 3-2, 4-2, along the week. We have a tough road ahead and we have to take it one week at a time. We have to take it one back, one back, one back and claw our way into it. We've been in tough spots before; we just have to make sure we keep our head down. We don't lose any confidence in this situation. We have to stay tight knit."
Q: Why did your passing yards increase so much from last week to this week?
Flacco: "I think it's a lot of things. I don't think you can narrow it down to one thing. I thought we came out swinging. I thought out offensive line did a great job protecting, creating some holes in there. It was a combination of a lot of things. I thought we played well today, but it wasn't good enough."
Q: What did you think about Crockett Gillmore's performance today?
Flacco: "Crockett is big for us down in the red zone. We give him the ball and let him try to tackle. They're having a tough time tackling him now, so he's going to be a big red zone target. We just have to find a way to convert those field goals into a couple more touchdowns."
Q: What did you think about Kamar Aiken's performance today?
Flacco:"Kamar is a good player, no doubt about it. I have all the confidence in the world in him. It's good to see him get up there and have a lot of success. Hopefully, that will catapult him forward."
Q: Talk about the team's offensive play.
Flacco: "Obviously, we would like to do the best we can. No matter how well or how bad you play, when you have a chance of winning and you come up a little bit too short, it obviously hits you a little bit. It stinks."
RAVENS WR STEVE SMITH SR.
Q: Steve, just talk about this loss.
Smith: "It's a huge loss, you know. It's a big game. We have to make plays. Just as a whole team, you just have to play ball."
Q: What kind of test is this for you guys moving forward?
Smith: "I mean, it's a big test. It's a test personally, for coaches and for players. You know, everybody who is involved when we win is the same as everybody that's involved when we lose. It comes down to every single person that wears this uniform and considers themselves part of the process."
Q: What kind of space were you finding out there?
Smith: "I mean they were switching up coverage, so it varies to be honest. I'm really not sure, before every play, what the defense is going to be. I have to read it and just run my route accordingly."
Q: You know the challenges of the NFL, how do you think the guys will handle this loss?
Smith: "Well, they don't have a choice. We don't have a choice. You can say it's challenging being 0-2, but it can also be challenging going 2-0. We still have to go out there, we still have opponents. Despite our record, our opponents and our dates are set. And we have to show up. We can't pack it in, we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We have to go out there and make plays, we have to play better, and be grow men."
RAVENS S KENDRICK LEWIS
Q: How do you think this team will react to being 0-2?
Lewis: "We just have to come back prepared, go back to the drawing board, don't take anything for granted. We are 0-2 but it isn't the end of the season. You know, we've got 14 more games to play. We just have to get back, correct our mistakes and get back to the drawing board; get ready for Cincinnati."
Q: Did you guys feel that you guys could get more turnovers, or get to (Derek) Carr by dropping more men into coverage? It seems like there wasn't a lot of pass rush at all.
Lewis: "He [Carr] did a good job getting the ball out of his hands fast, getting it to the playmakers. It's more of a space game, getting the ball to the playmakers hands and letting them run and make plays."
RAVENS DE CHRIS CANTY
Q: What's the mindset losing your first two games?
Canty: "We've got to fix it. We've got to get better in a hurry. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We have to realize that we have to earn our victories in this league on Sundays. That means we have to step up and we have to perform to a level that's going to allow us to be successful."
Q: Was the defensive on the same page for the most of the day?
Canty:"We were all on the same page, we just didn't execute at a high enough level. That's something that's very disappointing, seeing as we've had great execution in training camp and good execution during the course of this week's practices. To come out here and not perform is just disappointing."
Q: What is the challenge of being 0-2?
Canty:"We've got to improve in a hurry. We have to get to the point where we're playing and executing at a level where we can be successful and we can win a football game. That's what our focus is right now."
Q: How tough was it without Terrell [Suggs] out there?
Canty:"Well it's always tough, you know, you can't replace a hall of fame caliber player. We understood the challenge that was ahead of us; we understood that we had to find a way to win. Guys had to step up. Quite frankly, we didn't do that today. We took a step backwards. We didn't perform; we didn't execute the way we're accustomed to doing – particularly on the defensive side of the ball. We're not playing complimentary football right now. All three phases are out of sync. We've got to find a way to fix it. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us and nobody is going to come and save us. We've got to improve."
RAVENS OL MARSHAL YANDA
Q: Being 0-2 for the first time in your career, what's the challenge?
Yanda:"Just to get better really fast. Obviously the games don't get easier and we've got Cincinnati coming to town and they're playing good football. We understand that we've got to play better – way better – than we did today to win. There's no magical formula. We all have to work at it and we all have to take this thing head on. Everybody has to look in the mirror and we all have to get better as a group - as an offense, as a defense, as a special teams [unit]. We all go up and down together as a group."
Q: You guys have high expectations, how shocking is this for you all?
Yanda: "Oakland was a better team today. Obviously they did things pretty [well] on defense, and they did things [well] offensively – and they had some turnovers too. So give them the credit, they outplayed us today. Obviously that's tough for us to swallow but when you don't play well and they do play well, you're going to lose. They're men over there. They're paid over there too. They've got plays to make and they've got to work their tails off too, but we've got to get this thing turned around and we know that. We've got the leaders and the guys to do it. We're going to work, it's just what we do."
Q: Does it make it tougher to lose the last two games right at the end?
Yanda: "I don't even look into it that deep. I just know that we're 0-2 and that we've got to get better and that we're going to attack when we get back to Baltimore. We're going to work as a team to get better. Don't make it that complicated. We've just all got to get better as a team…and fast. That's the bottom line – there's no magical formula."
RAVENS TE CROCKETT GILMORE
Q: What are your feelings on the game?
Gilmore: "It's extremely difficult. To be 0-2 is kind of gut-wrenching, the way we worked and the way we go about our business. But it's two games, and then we move on and go to work tomorrow."
Q: Was this sort of a coming out party for you?
Gilmore: "This is what I've felt like I've done from the first day. I took what I did here with the Ravens last year and just continued to practice."
Q: When you scored, what were you thinking? Were you trying to be physical and get what you can?
Gilmore: "Absolutely. Any time I catch the ball, I'm trying to score. It's going to be hard on them, so I just dropped my feet and found the goal-line."
Q: "Do you feel like you are becoming more of an all-around tight end?
Gilmore: "Yes, absolutely. I always thought that I was an all-around tight end. There were some other people that didn't know."
RAVENS SS WILL HILL III
Q: Can you talk about your perspective of the penalty call at the end?
Hill:"Seeing the tight-end come down the field, stood inside, had position, he came and ran into me, and then we were fighting for the ball. I made the play and it didn't come out how I wanted it to, but it is what it is. We have to move forward. I asked the official, and he said I held him. To me, I don't think I did. He ran into me, like I said before. I just made a play on the ball."
Q: What was your biggest challenge, defensively?
Hill: "Just us as a unit. I can't blame anybody, point any fingers. Just as a unit we didn't get the job done."
Q: Did it seem like the team was on the same page?
Hill: "Majority of the time, we were on the same page. Other times, we weren't. But it's still no excuse for this loss."
Q: Does the absence of Terrell Suggs impact the team?
Hill: "You could always say the absence of a key player, but even if he was there we still would have needed to do a little more to get the job done."
Q: How did you feel about the team's overall performance of the game?
Hill: "It was a little shocking, but as the game went on, I believed in us. I believed in the whole team. I was encouraging the defensive backs and the linebackers. We got to step it up. We did at times, but at other times we didn't."
Q: How big of a challenge is it to now be in an 0-2 position?
Hill: "It's always challenging when you don't have any wins. The head of the organization is going to come down on the head coach, and the head coach is going to come down on the players. So we all have to be ready for the storm."