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Six pack of thoughts from Harbaugh

Coach John Harbaugh spoke less than 24 hours after the Ravens escaped the New York Jets with a 10-9 win in the season opener for both teams Monday night. Here are a few nuggets from his question-and-answer session with the media.

1. Harbaugh said he and Jets coach and former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan exchanged pleasantries after the game, but not much else. "Just said good luck," Harbaugh said. "There really wasn't hardly anything said. It's kind of understood, and you move on to the next one."

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2. Harbaugh praised the defense – players and coaches – for drawing up and executing a game plan that surrendered just 176 yards to New York's offense and befuddled second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez. "I thought our coaches obviously did a great job understanding what they were trying to do," Harbaugh said. "I thought the players did a great job of understanding that. We were probably one step ahead of them for the most part throughout the course of the game, and it showed up in the results."

3. Harbaugh said the team was invigorated by linebacker Ray Lewis' admonition of the Jets' chatter. But the coach took offense when Lewis' comments were labeled as a rant in some media circles. "I just thought it was outrageous when I see it described that way," Harbaugh said. "Read the quote. Listen to what he said. What he said was solid. It was humble. So our guys rallied around him because that's who Ray is."

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4. Right tackle Marshal Yanda and right guard Chris Chester didn't do anything to make Harbaugh regret the decision to start them at their respective decisions. "I thought they did really well," Harbaugh said. "Just watching the tape, there were plays we would like to have back all the way across the front, and again, that's a really good front. Those guys practiced there for about a week-and-a-half for the most part, and I think they were ready to do it."

5. Asked if Yanda could be a long-term option at right tackle if Jared Gaither (thoracic disk in back) and Oniel Cousins (concussion) are still ailing, Harbaugh would only say, "Yes, yes, we do."

6. With the emergence of safety Haruki Nakamura as a cover man in the slot, Harbaugh said the team can sort through several options, which include cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Josh Wilson and safety Ken Hamlin. "It's going to be real interesting to see how it shakes out because all of a sudden, we have some competition," Harbaugh said. "With Haruki, I don't think we anticipated necessarily him to this level being able to cover in the slot. Now he's got some things that he does really well, and of course, he's got limitations. … But he understands the defense really well, he's very quick and athletic, and he's a playmaker. Those are things that are hard, and in that position in there, those are the most important things, if you understand what you're doing. … There's a lot of places we can play [him] and Josh and Kenny Hamlin and Lardarius when he comes back. We're going to have a nice mix of guys playing different packages."

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