Sunday, October 20, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Baltimore Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
PITTSBURGH -- Observed in the locker room after the Baltimore Ravens' 19-16 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers:
Suggs declares 'State of Emergency': The Ravens have a losing record after seven games for the first time in the John Harbaugh era. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was the most outspoken player in the locker room. "I'm very concerned," Suggs said. "This has been very rare with this franchise that we've been under .500, especially with the exception of the first game. We can't kid ourselves anymore. We got a tremendous amount of work to do." Suggs later added, "We have a state of emergency now. We can't let no more of these games go by losing by two (points) and then losing by three. We have to have these games."
What upset Harbaugh: Many will second-guess coach John Harbaugh for going for an onside kick in the fourth quarter after cutting the Steelers' lead to 13-9. What got Harbaugh upset was Jeromy Miles getting flagged for offside, which would've negated a Ravens' recovery if Justin Tucker had fallen on the ball. "To me, that's the unforgivable part of that," Harbaugh said. "I don't want to see a guy offside. If you're offside, you're not going to get it. That's the part that ticks me off more than anything."
Rice insists he's not hurt: Running back Ray Rice, who declared he was at full strength Friday, was wearing an ice pack on his left shoulder. "Obviously, you can see I lowered the pads today," Rice said. "There's nothing wrong with my shoulder. I'm just putting it out there. It's called icing after the game. That's what happens when you play running back in the NFL."