Harbaugh quiet on Ravens injuries from first day of practice in Philadelphia

August 19, 2019 | WNST Staff

Head Coach John Harbaugh transcript from Monday’s joint practice in Philadephia

Opening statement: “Good to see everybody – appreciate you guys being here. [It was] a great day. We appreciate the Eagles’ hospitality. Obviously, a first-rate organization, Mr. [Jeffrey] Lurie right on down through everyone else. Doug [Pederson] has been great. I thought the players were great, coaches were great, we got a lot of good work done, and we’re happy we came.”

We’ve done this before. What did you get out of today’s practice being the first one? “The best thing is, I think the tempo ramps up a little bit. You get different guys, different schemes. I do think it notches over one or two clicks, which is good for you, and it’s good for us to see. This is a really talented football team, the Eagles, so we get a chance see some really good players and go up against guys who are practicing hard and fast. Our goal is to be a better team two days from now than we were today.”

Are these things maybe better than what the games are? “I don’t answer … I haven’t been with you in Philly for a while, but I don’t answer comparison questions. So, the games are great. The practices are great. Everything is great, and we love it all. (laughter) We do. Hey, if they schedule them, we’re going to be there. We’ll show up.”

We’re going to talk to assistant special teams coach Randy Brown. How much of an asset has he been over the time that he’s been with the Ravens? “I’ve known Randy since ’98. He spent a lot of time here, right on these fields here, working with guys, David Akers and Dirk Johnson and others, and just has done a great job over many years. Obviously, you see the results with our kickers in Baltimore, and he continues to do it. Now, he’s in an even larger role for us. He’s doing a great job. He’s a heck of a coach, and I’m glad he’s on our side.”

What can you tell us about G/T Jermaine Eluemunor’s and RB Mark Ingram II’s standing? “I don’t have any updates on that.”

QB Lamar Jackson said, I think after the game, that the red zone was a bigger focus for him this offseason. What are some of the things that are especially important for him in the red zone? “The red zone is tough. The red zone is faster. Coverage is tighter. Things have to be executed more quickly, more decisively. The windows are going to be closing quicker, and they’re smaller. Timing is really important. Execution is everything. So, for a young quarterback, it’s a fast game as it is, but that much faster in the red zone. And that’s where you score points. We can’t be down there kicking too many field goals. We’ll take them, but touchdowns count for a lot more, so that’s the point.”

There were a lot of people watching WR Marquise Brown go up against another team for the first time. What did you see there? “He basically practiced for the first time in a more aggressive setting, so I saw a guy that was practicing for the first time. So, we’ll see it on tape. He just needs to get accustomed to it. It’s all new for him – the speed of it, the thinking, the lining up, running the right route. He has a ways to go with all of that. I’m confident he’ll get there, and we’ll know what to do to use him, how to use him early in the season. But, it’s just great work for him.”

How helpful is it for the secondary to get to play together against another team? “As opposed to practicing against ourselves? It’s great, because you see different routes, see different combinations in the passing game that we haven’t seen, see different quarterbacks, different receivers; you cover different guys. All that is valuable for us.”

Do you have any updates on WR Miles Boykin? “No, I don’t. I don’t have any injury updates.”