The Ravens say that they have moved on from a shocking 37-33 loss to the Raiders and their focus is on Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, a game they need to win to avoid falling to 0-3 for the first time in team history. However, the process of turning the page started with a thorough review of the Raiders' game film, which Pees described as "hard to watch."
A week after the Ravens offense came under scrutiny for attempting just one pass longer than 20 yards downfield in the season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos, offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said he still wasn¿t pleased with the Ravens deep passing attack despite many more attempts in the loss to Oakland Sunday.
Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and defensive end Chris Canty were the only two new absentees as the Ravens resumed practice this week ahead of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, while wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) and left tackle Eugene Monroe (concussion) remained out.
Maybe it should be some consolation that the difference between the Ravens being 2-0 instead of 0-2 can be traced to one key play in the season-opener against the Denver Broncos and one near-miss in Sunday's galling last-minute loss to the Oakland Raiders.
It's a position coach John Harbaugh has never been in as a head coach. The history for 0-2 teams in the NFL is gloomy, and the Ravens' path will get no easier as they prepare to host the AFC North-rival Cincinnati Bengals in their home opener on Sunday.
When coach John Harbaugh said earlier in the week that the Ravens' needed their offensive tackles to play better, it was affirmation of something that James Hurst already knew. Hurst replaced Eugene Monroe at left tackle early in last Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos and he struggled to block DeMarcus Ware, allowing seven quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Ravens right tackle Rick Wagner had similar problems on the other side dealing with Von Miller.
Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg confirmed on Thursday that Steve Smith Sr. will remain the Ravens' primary punt returner, maintaining that the wide receiver is the team's best option in that role.
Ravens' decision to use top receiver Steve Smith Sr. as their primary punt returner wasn't a one-game deal. Ravens special teams coordinator and associate head coach Jerry Rosburg said Thursday that Smith will continue to be used in that role, believing that the 36-year-old remains the team's best option.
The Ravens understand that immediate help for a passing game that floundered badly during a 19-13 loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday isn't on the horizon. It's up to them to make do with what they have, and players and coaches insist they have more than enough to be an explosive offensive team.
Nearly half a century later, Alan Pastrana's feats at Maryland in 1966 remain legend. That spring, as a sophomore, he played lacrosse and was a first-team All-American. That fall, as the Terps' quarterback, he passed for 17 touchdowns to set an Atlantic Coast Conference record.
A day after Terrell Suggs was hurt in the middle of the fourth quarter of the Ravens' eventual 19-13 loss to the Broncos, coach John Harbaugh said the organization is considering external options to replace the rush linebacker. However, Harbaugh expressed confidence that the Ravens have what it takes in-house to fill the void.