Sunday, October 6, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Baltimore Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
MIAMI -- Observed in the locker room after the Baltimore Ravens' 26-23 win at the Miami Dolphins:
Answering that question: The Ravens didn't get rattled when the Dolphins scored 10 straight points in the fourth quarter, including an interception return for a touchdown, to tie the game at 23. Coach John Harbaugh talked about how Joe Flacco, Terrell Suggs and Marshal Yanda kept the team together. "Did somebody ask about leadership?," Harbaugh asked. "We got great leadership." This was a response to linebacker Ray Lewis saying the Ravens lacked leadership a couple of weeks ago.
Road-field advantage?: Ravens fans took over Sun Life Stadium, where there was purple throughout. The sections behind the Ravens' bench were nearly all Ravens fans and it made this look like a college bowl game. In my 14 years of covering the team, I can't remember a bigger turnout on the road by Ravens fans. When a reporter suggested there were at least 10,000 Ravens fans at the game, coach John Harbaugh said. "It seemed like half of the stadium." Ravens players went over to the stands to thank the fans after the win.
Offensive line shuffle: Backup center A.Q. Shipley played nearly the entire game at left tackle after back spasms forced Kelechi Osemele out of the game after the first series. Osemele had his back tighten up on him in pregame after the Ravens had already set their inactive list (which had their top backup guard Jah Reid on it). So, Osemele tried to play but couldn't last. "That's why we had to make the change," Harbaugh said.
Turning out the lights: About four minutes into Harbaugh's postgame press conference, linebacker Terrell Suggs accidentally hit the switch that turned off the lights in the interview room. "It wasn't the commissioner," Harbaugh said. "It was Suggs." Harbaugh was alluding to Suggs' recent comments that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had a hand in the Super Bowl blackout. Suggs laughed and said, "That was pretty good coach."