"We weren't paying very well," said John Harbaugh, referring to the first half. "But we managed to figure a couple ideas, hit a couple passes and start to crack them in the run game." (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
One day after CBS broadcast footage of Ravens coach John Harbaugh talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers during his postgame remarks to his players, he downplayed the significance of the flap.
"I never gave it any thought, one way or the other," Harbaugh said Monday during his weekly news conference. "You'd like to have your 10 minutes of private time with your team. We're going to talk to our team in an honest and straightforward way. We'll tell them what we think.
"Our guys deserve to hear that. I'm quite sure nobody's offended by that. I don't think any other team in the league cares what a coach says to his team after a game. I'm not too worried about that."
After the Ravens' 21-7 win over the Tennessee Titans, Harbaugh referred to the Steelers losing to the New York Jets on Sunday one week after routing the Ravens, 43-23, at Heinz Field.
"That team beat us last week, OK," Harbaugh said. "Then, they went and got their [butt] kicked this week."
Harbaugh told CBS' camera crew at the time that the comments weren't supposed to be for public consumption. However, the comments were aired before later being taken down with CBS issuing an apology.
Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne issued a statement saying that Harbaugh had specifically told the crew not to use the footage. That statement was released after the Ravens found out that a Pittsburgh television station was leading with Harbaugh's comments and the video was going viral on message boards and websites.
Harbaugh said he didn't know if the Ravens would limit access to the locker room after games going forward. Under NFL rules, NFL Films is allowed to be in the locker room immediately after the game.
"I don't really have a total say in that," Harbaugh said. "That's one of the great things about the NFL is the access that the fans get. You'd like to have a moment with your guys, but I'm not going to say anything in there that I'm going to be ashamed about. We'll take it as we go."