Live From Owings Mills: Harbaugh Downplays Mason, Flacco Spat

November 22, 2010 | Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (7-3) returned to 1 Winning Drive Monday following Sunday’s 37-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers (1-9) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Coach John Harbaugh addressed the media Monday as the team transitioned focus to a Week 12 contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) at M&T Bank Stadium.

A popular subject of conversation in Charm City following the game has been a second half sideline confrontation between QB Joe Flacco and WR Derrick Mason. The incident went unnoticed by CBS cameras, but was evident to Ravens fans sitting behind the bench in Charlotte. Head Coach John Harbaugh downplayed the incident in his weekly Monday press conference.

“It’s been addressed” said the head coach. “I talked to (Mason) about it after the game, talked to him about it in the locker room. It wasn’t anything serious we had to work through. Just (needed to) make sure we were on the same page.”

Harbaugh also said he discussed the incident with Flacco during and after the game. He was quick to point out that sometimes incidents like Sunday’s confrontation can happen in the heat of a NFL game.

“There’s always a fine line (in regard to) focusing your passion” said the coach. “Derrick over the years, he does a good job of focusing his passion. It shows up in his play. He plays passionately, he plays very well. Joe’s got a very passionate personality, you see it expressed in different ways. Everybody does it in different ways.”

Harbaugh wrapped up his thoughts on the incident with a plan for the team to take moving forward.

“You never want to let your emotions get control of your performance and you want to treat your teammates with respect. I don’t think that line has been crossed.”

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh NOW in the Audio Vault here at……LB Tavares Gooden joined Drew Forrester Monday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, you can hear that chat in the Audio Vault as well……Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan will call Sunday’s game for FOX……The Ravens will not practice Tuesday, recognizing the National Football League’s mandatory day off. They will return to the practice field Wednesday. Harbaugh, Flacco, LB Ray Lewis and others are expected to meet with the media Wednesday