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

October 12, 2009 | Glenn Clark

4:07-Hear from John Harbaugh NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net

3:43-Highlights from John Harbaugh:

-Brad Childress “is a great coach”…..his teams are “always physical, always sound”
-Vikings are “mean, nasty team”
-”we ran the ball, passed the ball as much as we needed to”
-Discussing play call differential publicly “has no value for our football team”
-Michael Oher “played well”, protection schemes weren’t changed by having Gaither out
-”All the things we’re trying to become as a football team are still in tact.”
-”We pass rush better” to defend pass better.
-”Doesn’t matter” if Chris Carr was held on TD play
-When asked if there was a reason why Derrick Mason isn’t getting as many catches: “No. We’re just trying to win football games.”
-Why McGahee didn’t get as many snaps: “Ray was playing well”
-”We have confidence” in Chris Carr and Lardarius Webb. “We were expecting a squib kick” on the last kickoff, which is why Carr fielded it.
-”If we were sitting here at 5-0, there’d be challenges.”
-”There’s not a lot of holes” with Vikings.
-Singled out Jarret Johnson, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis for strong play
-“in chaos” of Mark Clayton play, “we didn’t see” officials missed spot of the ball
-”The league has done a great job of making it clear what’s legal and what’s illegal” when hitting unprotected player. “I don’t expect any repercussions” from Ray Lewis’ hit of Ochocinco. Believed hit was “in strike zone.”
-”There’s a really good chance” Jared Gaither could play Sunday in Minneapolis
-Samari Rolle was in building today, he has no update on health.
-Will take “great team defense” to stop Adrian Peterson

3:32-Hear from Ray Rice now in the Audio Vault at WNST.net

3:16-Highlights from Ray Rice:

-”Everybody’s in good spirits…..we’re a hard working team.”
-”When we look at the film, it’s one or two plays”……”it’s execution”……”we’re still scratching the surface”
-TD yesterday “had a lot to do with” offseason endurance, training
-”I still feel pretty fresh.”
-”We like to stick with what’s working”
-”I offset Willis, Willis offsets me”
-Marshal Yanda “can play every position on the line.”
-”It really wasn’t a difference” with Oher playing on the left side; Gaither’s return will make line “stronger”
-”This is right where we need to be because we still have things to work on”
-Team learning to pull together and say “We’re gonna finish this game.”
-”It doesn’t feel good to lose”, but it “drives me” to get out there and get things corrected.
-“I definitely will appeal” if fined for chop block yesterday. Was “releasing for a pass”, didn’t “intend” to chop block.
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Vikings doing “great job of stuffing the run”, “keeping everything in front of them.”
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“I watched Brett Favre growing up”, “you gotta be jacked up” to play Vikings
-Le’Ron McClain “a guy I looked up to.”

2:52-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where John Harbaugh is set to meet with the media to discuss yesterday’s 17-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and look ahead to Sunday’s matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. A couple of possible discussion points today:

1. The importance of getting a win going into the Bye week
2. The offensive play-calling and lack of Willis McGahee in yesterday’s game
3. Is there a way the Ravens can incorporate Demetrius Williams into the offense?
4. How close is Jared Gaither to returning? Any update on Samari Rolle?

These are all fair questions, but that does not mean John Harbaugh will answer them. Ray Rice is up first at 3:15 followed by Harbs at 3:45. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates.

-G

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