Live From Owings Mills: John Harbaugh’s Weekly Monday Press Conference

December 28, 2009 | Glenn Clark

4:35-Highlights from John Harbaugh today:

-“I’d be surprised if our team wasn’t ready to play” Sunday vs. Raiders.
-“I want Troy Smith here…..Troy Smith is a Raven.”
-says illegal contact on Frank Walker was good call, Roethlisberger was not out of pocket.
-on how to discipline: “You can always sit guys down.”
-“We played too well for the outcome to be what it was.”
-“We gotta focus on” improving discipline.
-Ngata “was hurting” after committing penalty.
-on jumping offsides on 3rd & 12: “We’re better than that.”
-on timeouts: “We do a lot of stuff with our offense…..there are going to be times when you’re not lined up right.”
-says he didn’t call timeout before 3rd & 12 as he didn’t want to give Steelers more time if Big Ben converted.
-says Ravens will leave Friday for Oakland.
-“didn’t have any reaction” to Colts pulling starters against Jets
-on having to go across country with playoffs on the line: “It’s an issue.”
-“more excited” about this year’s team than last year’s.
-“We take care of business against Oakland, we can win the world championship. We’re capable of doing it.”
-says Ravens pulling “double duty” in advance scouting to look at Bengals & Patriots for potential playoff matchup.
-on Ray Rice: “I love the guy.”
-says Raiders “one of the most physical teams” in NFL
-says Katula still dealing with injuries.

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2:53-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where John Harbaugh is scheduled to meet with the media at 3:45. There are plenty of things to discuss stemming from the Baltimore Ravens’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday at Heinz Field, and with a trip to Oakland to face the Raiders for an AFC Wild Card berth on tap Sunday. John will certainly have to address questions about his decision to not call a timeout late in the first half when Ben Roethlisberger and company were facing a 3rd and 12 deep in their own territory, Frank Walker’s pre-game and Haloti Ngata’s in-game antics, dumb penalties throughout the game and today’s report that Troy Smith wants to be traded at the end of the season.

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