Monday, December 2, 2019
Dawn White, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
The Baltimore Ravens moved up to the No. 1 seed in the AFC after their nail-biting 20-17 win against the San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans' victory over the New England Patriots.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh isn't letting the accomplishment distract him or his players.
"I think our guys have a vision for where they want to go and they understand that you've got obstacles in life," Harbaugh said. "It's good to have a long view, and it's good to have a short view. Our guys have both."
Harbaugh held his weekly press conference Monday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, where he spoke about what he thinks the team needs to improve on after Sunday's game.
"They ran the ball on us too much. We've got to look at that and straighten that out," Harbaugh said. "It was outside stuff, and we can clean that stuff up. We saw more of a base running game that we've seen. I think we've been in our base defense 32 reps all year up until this game."
Harbaugh said he thought the team played well in miserable conditions, and he said several players especially contributed to the win.
"Lamar, I thought, really buckled down and really got it done as a quarterback. He had some runs, he had some passes," Harbaugh said. "The offensive line, hard running backs, pass protection all helped. Catches were made in those kinds of conditions. That's what it takes, and those guys did it. The players deserve all the credit for that."
Second-year tight end Hayden Hurst, a 2018 first-round draft pick, made some big plays, including a catch for a crucial fourth-and-two conversion.
"I think he had a great game. He got a game ball. He continues to improve as a player," Harbaugh said. "He had two huge catches for us and blocked pretty well. To see Hayden step up like that and make the plays, he deserves that and Lamar trusts him. You can see that. It was great to see."
Center Patrick Mekari also got kudos from Harbaugh. Mekari got his first start after Matt Skura's season-ending knee injury.
"Here you got a first-time start for a rookie who was in pretty tough conditions. They were in the gun a lot, and all the snaps were very good. We operated normally. The way the center calls, he made all the right calls.
The Ravens will face the Bills in Buffalo next Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the New York Jets at home, the Browns in Cleveland and Pittsburgh Steelers at home.