OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (5-2) gathered at 1 Winning Drive Monday, anticipating a very short work week as they approach their Week 8 bye. The Ravens were 37-34 overtime winners over the Buffalo Bills Sunday. They do not play again until November 7, when they will host the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium. Head Coach John Harbaugh met with the media Monday for his weekly press conference. Here are some of the highlights:
-Despite being pulled for CB Josh Wilson in the 4th quarter of the win over the Bills, CB Fabian Washington received what was mostly a vote of confidence from Harbaugh. When asked about whether or not Washington would remain in a starter, Harbaugh noted “Fabian is going to play a lot of football” but added “we don’t get quite as caught up in starter/non-starter labels as some people do.” Harbaugh proclaimed “I have confidence in Fabian. He’s a good football player. You line up against good football players and sometimes it’s not your day.”
Harbaugh said Washington should work on basic fundamental technique moving forward. “When you’re on an island, you’ve got to pay attention to fundamental technique.”
-Harbaugh didn’t hide from the team’s struggles in the area of returns, saying “If you look at our Special Teams, I think we’re playing really well…except for our return game.” Harbaugh shared “I think the returners are trying a little too hard right now to make a play.” Harbaugh said the team went with CB Lardarius Webb yesterday as punt returner because he believed Webb was the “best option” with Safety Tom Zbikowski out. He also noted that CB Chris Carr and WR Donte’ Stallworth could be options moving forward, and WR Derrick Mason has asked to help out in punt returns as well.
-Harbaugh said the decision was made to name RB Willis McGahee a team captain for the Bills game last Tuesday, noting that the team wanted to make him a captain against the Bills team he used to play for. He also added “I felt like it was important to let everybody know how important (McGahee) is to our football team.”
McGahee did not play a single snap in the team’s Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, he touched the ball 12 times and gained 74 yards in the team’s win over the Bills.
-Harbaugh said that while the team’s players will have Wednesday-Sunday off, the coaching staff will have off only Saturday and Sunday this week. The staff will spend the rest of the week preparing for not only the Dolphins, but also for the Atlanta Falcons, who the Ravens face in Week 11. That game will come on a short week, with the teams squaring off in a Thursday night matchup on NFL Network from the Georgia Dome. Harbaugh also said the staff will go through a “self scout” process, where they will scout their own team as if they were an upcoming opponent.
NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……FB Le’Ron McClain is scheduled to join Drew Forrester Tuesday morning at 7am on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST……Ravens players attended a NFL mandated Player Development Program Monday, former Ravens Peter Boulware and Jamal Lewis as well as former San Diego Chargers OL Courtney Hall spoke during the program. The Ravens also took a team picture Monday……The Ravens will meet again at 1 Winning Drive Tuesday before parting ways for the bye week. WR Anquan Boldin, Carr, LB Ray Lewis and QB Joe Flacco are scheduled to meet with the media following the team’s workout