Ricky Williams has big day in backup role

Ray Rice

was the primary beneficiary of Sunday's run-heavy game plan of Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and the head-ringing blocks of fullback


Vonta Leach


Rice had a career-high 204 rushing yards in the 24-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, but

Ricky Williams

quietly had his most productive game as a Raven, rushing for 76 yards and a touchdown.

After the Ravens established a new franchise record with 55 rushing attempts, Williams conceded that any back would have been fond of the game plan, though he added he was just happy to win.

"I don't get too picky about how we do it," he said. "A well-balanced team can win in any condition in any situation against any defense, so I think we proved we can do it running the ball."

Ravens coach

John Harbaugh

said Monday he is pleased with Williams' contributions. Williams, who signed with the Ravens because he wanted to end his career with a winning organization, has rushed for 338 yards and two scores this season.

"Ricky is as advertised," Harbaugh said of the 34-year-old, whose straight-ahead running style is a change of pace from the elusive Rice. "He runs those tackle-to-tackle plays as well as anyone in football. He's very good in pass protection. He can catch the ball. He's a complete back."

Harbaugh has faith in backup QB

Several NFL teams have their lost starting quarterback to injury — including playoff hopefuls in Chicago (

Jay Cutler


) and Houston (

Matt Schaub

), who have turned to unproven backups.

Harbaugh said hypothetically that

Tyrod Taylor

is prepared should

Joe Flacco

get injured, too.

"We would like to think the guy we have is capable of winning games for us, no doubt about it," Harbaugh said of Taylor, a sixth-round pick in April's NFL draft. "We're very confident in Tyrod."

The rookie made his regular-season debut in the second quarter on Sunday. With Flacco lined up as a wide receiver, Taylor took a shotgun snap and ran off right tackle for a two-yard gain.

Harbaugh indicated that we might see more of that. If so, Taylor says he is up for the challenge.

"That's the coach's decision," Taylor said Sunday. "But I'm prepared for anything."

Ravens not concerned about others

Sunday's win kept the Ravens in the discussion for one of the AFC's top two playoff seeds. Then again, the New England Patriots, Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers also won on Sunday, creating a four-way tie atop the conference with each team sporting identical 9-3 records.

Ravens fans may have their eyes on those three teams, but Harbaugh said the coaches and players are solely concerned with this weekend's opponent, the 0-12 Indianapolis Colts.

"All you have to do is win the game on Sunday," Harbaugh said. "We aren't playing those other three teams on Sunday, but we're playing a team that is very capable of beating us."

Harbaugh stands by camp decision

Three days after the Ravens announced that they intended to keep training camp at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills next summer, Harbaugh said he stood by the decision made jointly by owner

Steve Bisciotti

, team president

Dick Cass

and general manager

Ozzie Newsome


"On the one hand, it's going to be really hard to leave Westminster because I think the fans brought a lot to us," Harbaugh said. "On the other hand, there's a lot of specific reasons in 2011 to get away from that format. There's technology reasons, there's scheduling reasons with the new CBA [collective bargaining agreement] that make it really tough just to work the schedule out with all the players being there. … We think we'd be more effective [in Owings Mills]."