The Ravens were back at work Thursday at the Under Armour Performance Center, continuing their X-and-O preparation for Sunday’s playoff opener against the Indianapolis Colts. It’ll be interesting to see just how focused they are when they take the field after Ray Lewis delivers his motivational speech and does what likely will be his final pre-game dance at M&T Bank Stadium.
I’m guessing that’s why John Harbaugh had little time or patience for all the peripheral issues at play when he met with the media before Lewis made his surprising – and interestingly timed – retirement announcement. You can draw your own conclusions as to why neither Harbaugh nor owner Steve Bisciotti has yet made any public comment on the subject.
Everywhere but on the field, it’s going to be all Ray all the time around here for the next three days, but the Ravens must find a way to put all the retirement hype aside and find a way to just think about perfecting their offensive execution and finding a way to harrass Colts rookie Andrew Luck.
It won’t be easy, since the network types will be inflating the Lewis storyline on the Ravens side and Chuck Pagano’s inspirational comeback with the Colts. Throw in the fact that former Colts coach Jim Caldwell will be calling plays against his old team, and you’ve got a perfect storm of human interest subplots.
There is an upside to all this. It’s just possible that we might be able to get through an entire CBS pregame show without having to watch that grainy footage of the Mayflower moving vans pulling away from the old Owings Mills training facility.
So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.