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12-15-2008, 12:00 AM


(Opening Statement)
“Obviously, it was a disappointing loss, in some ways heartbreaking. You have to give the Steelers credit. They got a big sack when they had to at the end of the game to bump us out of field goal position, and then they took the ball down the field and scored. So, that’s the way they’ve won games, and you have to give them credit for it. They got the job done when they had to, and we take our hats off to them.”

(On the ball breaking the plane)
“It didn’t look to me like the ball broke the plane. That’s what I saw.”

(On if he asked the officials for an explanation)
“He didn’t give me an explanation.”

(On if it’s his belief that the ball has to break the plane)
“It’s my understanding that the ball has to cross the plane. We’ll be looking forward to hearing if that’s a fact.”

(On if he was told how the review went)
“I asked for an explanation, but no one was explaining too much at that point in time. So, we were moving on.”

(On if it’s tough to lose a game with a questionable call at the end)
“It’s tough to lose a game any way you lose a game.”

(On allowing the Steelers’ touchdown drive)
“It’s just disappointing. We wanted to get them stopped. We wanted them to kick a field goal. Hold the lead up a little bit and hope we score a touchdown. We wanted to do a lot of things that we didn’t get done. That’s what football games are – they’re tough. It’s competitive. It’s easy to say you should do this, you should do that. Our guys are out there fighting their hearts out to get it done. We came up short. They got it done, and that’s where it stands right now. They’re the division champs – let’s give them credit. Now it’s our task to make the playoffs.”

(On what you will tell your team if it comes to light that the officials got it wrong)
“Then, we’ll just have to say that they just got it wrong. What more could you say? We have a game this Saturday. We have to play the Cowboys – that’s our focus. That’ll be our focus tomorrow morning, starting at 8 o’clock.”

(On not scoring touchdowns in the red zone)
“We always want to score touchdowns in the red zone. That’s a good defense we were playing, and they did a nice job in the red zone.”

(On if the Steelers did something different today)
“I’ll have to see the tape, but there’s nothing they haven’t done [before]. They were just playing their coverages and running their pressure packages. For the most part, we did a pretty good job of picking it up. It was a good defensive battle, that’s what it was. It was two good defenses squaring off.”

(On using the unbalanced Ravens’ offensive line)
“We got a lot out of the unbalanced line. I think we got some yards out of it. We tried to protect the football for the most part. I thought we did a pretty good job of that.”

(On the Ravens defense against Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger)
“Most of his scrambles… it wasn’t like he was running out of the grasps of guys. It was on three-man rushes where he was able to move around and make some plays. Really, there wasn’t much of that. I thought we did a nice job of getting him down.”

(On what explanation was given when the Ravens lost their challenge)
“The explanation was that they didn’t have an angle good enough to overturn it.”

(On the injury to CB Fabian Washington)
“He pulled his hamstring.”

(On which play Washington was injured)
“I don’t really remember exactly which play it was.”


(On what to tell the team after this loss)
“Keep going. Win, lose or draw. The season still has two games. You’ve got two of the top division teams in here. It doesn’t matter if you give up a drive in the first quarter or the fourth quarter, the game was close. You can’t ask for anything more, bottom line. They made the play at the end of the game, and we didn’t. You have to give all the credit to them. Right now, our focus is Dallas. It’s the same thing I’ve always told these guys, ‘Buckle it up for 60 minutes, offense, defense and special teams. And at the end of the season we’ll see where it is. Don’t try to get yourself down because things didn’t go your way, just keep going.’ I’m just excited that we came out and played. I’m definitely not excited that we lost at home.”

(On the Steelers’ last drive)
“They made plays, bottom line. Either you make the plays or you don’t make the plays. All game long, they didn’t make any plays, and on one drive they did. Whether you give up the drive in the first or the fourth quarter, you gave up one drive. It’s the same thing against them with our offense. We made drives in the first quarter and got three points out of it; they made a drive in the fourth quarter. It was a great game, man. That’s the way football comes down, and you’ve got to take it like that. If you don’t take it like that, you are abusing why you step out there and play the game.”

(On Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger’s ability to make plays)
“That’s a special skill that most great quarterbacks have. They can get out of the pocket and do things like that. He’s one of those guys that can get out and make plays. He made a couple of plays tonight. We made a couple of plays tonight. But, the bottom line is they made more plays to win the game.”

(On WR Santonio Holmes’ game-winning touchdown)
“If you get caught up in all of that, then you worry about fines and all of that. We lost the game. That’s the bottom line. There aren’t any freakin’ excuses. A million times if you play it, of course, he didn’t get in, but they called it the way they called it. You’ve got to move on. That didn’t win or lose the game for us.”

(On how quickly he gets ready for Dallas)
“Right now, right now. One of the things I’m going to tell my young guys is, is that we have to keep going. There’s two more games left, we can go in 11-5. You deal with what you deal with. The bottom line is your motivation cannot change. You take a loss just like you take a win – strap it up, short week, let’s go to Dallas.”


(On the loss to the Steelers)

“We let them hang around too long. We left our defense out there too long. We should have made a couple more plays. It was a great game. We just need to get better. We have a couple of games left. We’ve got to go down and take care of the Cowboys, and then we’ll get a chance to see them again.”

(On running the football against the Steelers)

“That’s our mentality. We’ve just got to go out there and do what we do. I was just doing my thing, running North and South. It was wearing those guys. The defense played great, they were just out there too long. I put that on my back and our offenses’ back. We have to get better as a whole.”

(On his injury in the fourth quarter)

“I injured my neck a little bit. I had to come off for a few plays, but I was able to come back in. It was frustrating, because I felt like we could end the game there.”

(On if the offense getting better)

“Oh yeah, we just have to keep getting better. Like Ray [Lewis] said, it’s just the beginning. It’s a tough loss, but we have to put that behind us and go beat Dallas and Jacksonville. And then we’ll make it to the playoffs.”

(On the Steelers’ WR Santonio Holmes’ touchdown)

“It was tough, but that’s the call, and we can’t complain about it. As an offense, we could have made a few more plays.”

(On the Ravens’ red-zone offense)

“It’s all about execution when you’re inside the red zone. It’s just little stuff. They weren’t stopping us, we were stopping ourselves. It’s like I said before, we’ve got to get better. We’re stopping ourselves. Tomorrow we’ll go in and watch film.”

(On playing the Steelers)

“We knew they were going to be a tough team. Defense played great, special teams played great, I just feel like the offense left some plays out there. There were a couple of things that we killed ourselves on. Again, we need to get better, and we will see them again.”

(On getting over the loss)

“I’m going to go in and watch film tomorrow. We’ve got a short week, we’ve got to go to Dallas and win a football game, and that’s what we plan on doing. We’ve got to keep doing what we’ve been doing this season. We’ve got a great leader in coach Harbaugh. We’ve got to go win these last two games and go to the playoffs.”


(On having a short week to turn things around)

“Our team is resilient, and we have a great passion about what we do. Losing hurts. Whenever you get a chance, you have to go in and get back at it.”

(On if the Steelers’ defense was frustrating)

“It was tough. We knew we had some plays out there, but we weren’t able to make enough to win the game. We’re going to go back this week and do what we do – work hard and get better.”

(On the Steelers’ game-winning touchdown)

“At the end of the day, they got the win. We fought hard, but we didn’t make enough plays. That touchdown won the game for them. All we can do this week is work hard, get better, and go down to Dallas and put our best product on the field.”

(On having one last opportunity to win the game)

“You never know how a game’s going to end. They were able to make a play at then end and go ahead, and it was our turn to try to get back at them. Unfortunately, time ran out on us, and we weren’t able to put the ball in the end zone and score.”

(On the Ravens’ red zone difficulties)

“We just didn’t get it in. We didn’t execute like we know how to. We’ll go in this weekend and work hard, practice hard and get better, and take advantage of those red zone opportunities.”


(On the loss)

“The Steelers made the plays that they had to make, and we didn’t. Give them credit. Pittsburgh has a great team, and I thought we did a fairly decent job. [We’ll] get back to work, and we’ll put the game behind us and go play Dallas.”

(On moving forward)

“You have to be mature about it. You have to be a man about it.”


(On the loss)

“It’s tough. You knew the type of game it was going to be. It played out exactly how everyone expected it really. We just came out on the wrong side. They made some plays on the last drive, and we didn’t. That’s why we’re sitting here trying to figure out what happened.”

(On the last Pittsburgh drive)

“Roethlisberger did a great job. He did what he always does. He creates extra time, and he made guys miss, and he’s so good with his legs that it’s hard to cover that long sometimes. You might initially have the route taken care of, and he extends the play. You’ve got to give them credit. They made plays when they needed.”


(On if this is a tough loss to swallow)
“It’s definitely tough to swallow. I feel like we played good enough to win, but they came out victorious today.”

(On how he feels he played)
“I’m just trying to improve week to week. That’s all. You know, we lost this one, and it was very tough.”

(On what kind of setback this is)
“It’s not a setback. We’re going to move forward and get better.”

(On whether it was frustrating to watch the final drive from the sideline)
“Very frustrating. I always want to help as much as I can. Just looking from the sideline, that definitely [stinks].”


(On the call and replay review that on the Steelers’ touchdown)

“It was disappointing, but you all saw the replay. I can’t comment one way or another, but it’s disappointing anytime you lose a game like that at home. All credit goes to the Steelers. That’s a good football team.”

(On where they go from here with Dallas in six days)

“You go to Dallas in six days. Where else can you go? We’d like to go to Pittsburgh and play again, but we can’t because of the schedule.”

(On if he was seeing double teams or if the Steelers did anything different than what he’s seen lately)

“It was the same. I’m not so sure if it was a double team of me or Bart [Scott]. I think that’s what it is. I just happened to line up where Bart is. After a while, you say, ‘I’m going the other way.’ They had a good game plan. They weren’t going to let [Ben Roethlisberger] get hit much. If you’ve got to slide one way or the other or take one certain guy and double this guy or double that guy to make that happen, that’s what they did.”


(On the Steelers defense)

“They’re the No. 1 defense in the league statistically, and I think they feel confident in what they’re doing. So they came after us just the way we planned on them. They did a good job, and we would like to do a better job.”

(On getting sacked outside of field goal range late in the game)

“I knew somebody was coming up that way. I was sliding to my left, sliding to my left and wanted to get rid of the ball. That’s what you’ve got to do in that situation – get rid of the ball so you give yourself at least a chance to get the field goal.”

(On getting it back together for a playoff push heading into Dallas on Saturday)

“We’ll be fine. We’re ready to go. We’ll come in tomorrow, just look at the tape and move on. Dallas is a good team. It’s the last game in [Texas] Stadium. We’re going to go there ready to play. We’ve got two games left to get some wins and prove that we’re a playoff team, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

(On if he came away with any learning experience from this game)

“It was a tough game. That’s what games are going to be in December in the NFL. Believe me, we learn something from every game. We’re going to go back and look at the film and take something from this game, also.”

(On whether it was tough being on the sideline with Pittsburgh’s offense driving)

“We have confidence in our defense. I have confidence in those guys out there. They’ve done a great job all year. We’re just on the sideline watching, and, if necessary, we’ll go out there and try it again. That’s what ended up happening today. We had to go back out there and try to put a score on the board and came up a little short.”

(On if Pittsburgh did anything different defensively in the red zone)

“We were trying to get a couple on them earlier, and they were playing so soft that we couldn’t get any of the plays that we thought might get them. They did a good job of that. They did a good job of making us hit the short ball and running up and making their tackles. They’ve been good all year in the red zone. They’ve been good all year out in the field, so you’ve got to give those guys credit. But, at the same time, we wish we would’ve come out with more than field goals.”


(On a single drive at the end of the game resulting in the deciding points)

“That’s how it’s been in some of our losses – the first Pittsburgh game, the Tennessee game, today – but we can grow from this as a team. We’re not out of it or anything. [We’ll] just try to get better.”

(On if he felt anything different on the last drive as a defense that the rest of the game)

“I wouldn’t say that. They got it going. Ben [Roethlisberger] was moving around like he does, and that’s their best play – him moving around.”


(On the battle at the line of scrimmage)
“It was pretty tough. They did a good job of trying to grind that ball, and we did a good job of stopping it and making them a one-dimensional team. They just did a good job at getting the pass to the receivers, so we’ve got to work on that and pressure that quarterback more.”

(On if he faced a double team most of the day)
“I don’t know. I don’t really notice until I watch film.”

(On the feeling of having the lead much of the game but losing at the end)
“It [stinks]. It’s happened a couple times this year, and we’ve just got to do a better job at closing games out. We didn’t do that against Pittsburgh, and now we’ve got to just move on and get these two wins.”

(On what they need to do to rebound and be ready for Dallas)
“Just focus, learn from this game and take it on the field against Dallas.”

(On moving forward after the loss)
“I don’t think we have a choice. The next game is on Saturday night, the last game at Texas Stadium. It’s tough. Obviously it’s tough. We’ve got to go back to work, and keep going. One thing I love about our guys is we’re so resilient. We have had some tough times – one thing I love about us is we bounce back. We’re going to go back to work, and that’s what we do, we work. We’ll study what happened, and we’ll go from there."


(On how to bounce back from the loss)
"These are character builders, you have to look at these games that way. If you look at them any other way, you find yourself looking back, and you can't. You've got to look forward. I know, being a kicker, I have to do that when I miss a field goal – as fast as I possibly can. What you have to do as a player, which I've been one for a while, [is] move on quickly."

(On how the defense will react)
"It's going to upset our defense. Knowing the character of these guys, they're going to respond with greatness. I just know they are. That's the type of competitors that they are. I'm proud of these guys. I'm proud of this team. We're going to stick together. There's nobody in here that is happy about the loss, but we're going to make this a positive and move on for the next two games and win them. That's one thing coach Harbaugh does a great job of doing is making sure our vision is always ahead, not [on] what's behind."


(On the loss)
“It’s frustrating. Anytime there is a loss, there is frustration among the players, because we always want to win and it’s a rivalry.”

(On the controversial play, Steelers’ touchdown)
“They made the plays when they needed to make the plays on us. They are a good ball club. I can’t even remember if there were any penalties on that drive. They just made the plays when they had to make them.”

(On the similarity between the last drive today and the last drive in the Tennessee game)
“That game had a very controversial call on [Terell] Suggs. This game is nothing like that.”

(On the Steelers last drive)
“That’s what happened. They drove 92 yards. What else can I say?”


(On containing the Steelers’ defense)
“Our line did a really good job on pass protection, even when I was in there. We’ve just got to move forward”

(On Ravens chances to make the playoffs)
“We’ll look at the tape and evaluate things and get ready for the Dallas game. That’s all we can do. We can’t look ahead to Jacksonville. This is a one-game season from here on out, just like it’s been here all season. I think that’s been a pretty effective

12-15-2008, 12:17 AM
Harbaugh is a good coach and I think shows some class.