By Edward Lee
6:30 AM EDT, September 9, 2011
Playing cornerback usually requires a short memory, according to the players who play the position.
That’s not always the case. Lardarius Webb said that he remembers the Ravens’ 31-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC divisional playoffs last season.
Specifically, Webb recalls a throw by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that sailed over Webb and into the hands of wide receiver Antonio Brown for a 58-yard gain on third down-and-19 in the fourth quarter. Five plays later, the Steelers scored the go-ahead touchdown.
“We looked at it after the game,” Webb said prior to Thursday’s practice. “We looked at it to see where we went wrong. It wasn’t that he just beat me deep. I kind of widened and sat a little bit, thinking that he was going to do something else. And then the ball got over my head. It wasn’t like he took off running and then just beat me. But it was a good throw-and-catch. There was pretty much nothing I could do about it except maybe get more on top.”
But Webb said he hasn’t allowed the mistake to linger with him or affect his approach as Sunday’s season opener with Pittsburgh looms.
“It was a good throw-and-catch, but I’ve got to let it go,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of good throws and catches around the league – sometimes at different moments and occasions of the game. It’s part of football. Things happen. You just have to let it go and learn from it. I’m not thinking about a play that happened last year. Do I want it to happen again? No. It’s gone. I’m just coming out to play ball. Let’s play ball.”
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