Sunday, September 29, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Baltimore Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Observed in the locker room after the Baltimore Ravens' 23-20 loss at the Buffalo Bills:
Taking accountability: Coach John Harbaugh was the first of many to shoulder the blame for the upset loss. "We didn't play well. We didn't play well at all," Harbaugh said. "I will take responsibility for that. It was a poor performance." But Harbaugh added this: "The team we’re going to be two months from now is not the team we are right now." He was shocked by the team's play, especially after a good week of practice.
Taking accountability, Part II: Joe Flacco also put much of the loss on him after he threw a career-worst five interceptions. He was visibly disappointed in his play but he wasn't beating himself up over the mistakes. "We're definitely going to get better but a lot of that falls on me today ... just throwing the ball to the wrong team," he said. "If we don't do that, this game looks a little different."
Abandoning the run: The Ravens only ran the ball twice in the second half despite never trailing by more than two scores. But there was no one griping about the pass-heavy game plan. "We got behind," said running back Ray Rice, who indicated he came out of the game healthy. "When you get behind, you can't pound the rock. You can't do it. We had to find a way to score quick."
Injury report: Cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh) left in the second quarter and didn't return. Already without two receivers -- Jacoby Jones (knee) and Brandon Stokley (groin) -- the Ravens had two more get banged up. Marlon Brown has a thigh injury and Deonte Thompson has a concussion.