Sunday, September 22, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Baltimore Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
Observed in the locker room after the Baltimore Ravens' 30-9 win over the Houston Texans:
Growing pains: The Ravens only managed 236 total yards, including 10 in the first half, but there is no sense of panic on offense. "I keep saying it, we're a young team and we got a lot of new guys over there and we're real slim at the running back position today," said quarterback Joe Flacco, who didn't have running back Ray Rice (hip) in the backfield. "So, we're going to have some growing pains throughout the first couple of weeks. I said all along the biggest thing is: Can we win games while we have those? So far, the last two weeks, we haven't been great but we've managed to win football games. I think that's a sign of a pretty good football team."
Cleaning up penalties: Something was said at halftime, presumably directed at the offensive line, after the Ravens were flagged eight times in the first half. The Ravens committed just two penalties after halftime. Most of the problems were with the offensive line, and offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie had two facemask penalties. "Sometimes against a good front, that stuff comes up but we don't need to do that," coach John Harbaugh said. "Our offensive line is tood good to have to resort to those techniques. The guys did a good job of cleaning it up."
Paying no attention to Reed: The return of Ed Reed to Baltimore was a big storyline heading into the game. But he was a non-factor in the game and in the minds of the Ravens. "We broke the huddle on the first play of the game and I saw him," Flacco said. "And from then on out, I didn't pay too much attention to him. On a couple of plays, I tried to give him a double couple look offs. I purposely, though, didn't pay too much attention to him after that first play."