Coach Brian Billick addressed the media today, one day after the Ravens' stunning 27-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns, and said the team looked relatively healthy.
Tight end Todd Heap's hamstring is the most serious concern, but Billick said the injury is isolated to the lower part of the hamstring. According to Billick, that's better than an injury to the upper part, which can hang around for a while. With injuries to Heap and Daniel Wilcox (toe), second-year player Quinn Sypniewski may see more action in Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Other notes:
• Billick acknowledged that the offense must improve on its 5-of-14 (35.7) success rate in the red zone. "We've done it all -- either shots to the end zone, throwing it to an underneath guy and hoping he can make a play and pounding it in," he said. "That last one is the one we've got to be better at."
• Billick conceded that asking quarterback Steve McNair to throw 53 passes was not likely to lead to a win yesterday. "You throw the ball 53 times, you're probably going to lose," Billick said. "I don't know what the odds are, but if you go back and research it, I'll bet less than five percent of the time that a team that throws the ball that much actually wins. They usually throw it that much because they have to."
• With just six sacks this season, the defense's pass rush has been almost non-existent, and the absence of defensive end Trevor Pryce (broken left wrist) is a factor, according to Billick. ""It minimalizes it to just say, 'Well, besides Trevor.' That's pretty substantial," Billick said. "Getting Trevor back will be big for us."
• Billick defended the speed (or lack thereof) by which he throws the red flag to challenge a play or call. "You get the images from upstairs when you get them," he said. "You get the information as quickly as you can, and I get the flag out as quickly as I can."
• Quote of the conference: "It's like competing against your brother. You always want to beat your brother." -- Billick on seeing familiar faces on the opposing team like Jamal Lewis and Derek Anderson of the Browns yesterday and Mike Nolan and Trent Dilfer of the 49ers this Sunday.