known with two long end-arounds, showcasing his speed.
“We had a couple schemes drawn up for him,” Harbaugh said of Suggs, who now leads the team with 6.5 sacks. “But more than that, it was better one-on-one success, I would say.”
“I think Terrell has been bringing it regularly, and he he had a little more success…I don’t think there’s any question that Terrell is going to be a force as a pass rusher the second half of the season.”
Stallworth gained 34 yards rushing on two end-arounds, and looked good to his coach as he returns from a broken foot.
“It was a huge spark. It shows you those plays work a lot better when a fast guy is running them, and he showed us his speed on that.”
Preparing for Carolina
The Ravens certainly have seen this year what can happen when you take a team lightly, as the then-winless Buffalo Bills did in Week 9 when the Ravens had to take the Bills to overtime, 37-34.
And Harbaugh said Monday in his press conference that Carolina-although 1-8 on the year- is a dangerous team to worry about.
“Look at Carolina on tape,” Harbaugh said. “You know, they haven’t found ways to win games, but they’re playing very good football, and they’re capable of winning a football game in this league. It’s been proven time and time again with the people we’ve already played. We have our work cut out for us. It’s going to be a tough football game down there, and that’s what we’re preparing for.”
Harbaugh was asked if that was the truth or if that’s what he was “supposed to say” according to coachspeak.
“We say it because we believe it,” Harbaugh said, “because it’s going to be a big challenge. And that’s what we’ve got to get done.”
Fortunately for the Ravens, the Panthers have eight players on injured-reserve, including Week 1 starter in quarterback Matt Moore, and with numerous other injuries piling up on the 1-8 Panthers, the Ravens may have an easier time on Sunday than what Harbaugh expects.
The Panthers were down to their fourth running back with injuries to DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and despite the team dropping their third straight game, 31-16, Mike Goodson was able to top 100 yards in the loss.
And even worse for Carolina is the fact that current starting quarterback and 2010 rookie Jimmy Clausen is recovering from a concussion and his status for Sunday is still in doubt. If Clausen were to miss Sunday’s game, fellow rookie Tony Pike-out of the University of Cincinnati-would get the start.
Harbaugh said the team will prepare for either quarterback the same way any team would want to draw up a defense against a rookie quarterback.
“It’s going to be interesting to see what happens,” the Ravens coach said. “We’re going to have to prepare for Tony Pike, absolutely, along with Clausen. Obviously, they’re two good, young rookie quarterbacks there.”
“Having played those guys over the years, we’re going to test them, either one of them and find out what they’re really made of. I think that’s what you have to do with a rookie quarterback.”
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