Shortly after the Ravens had beaten the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, coach John Harbaugh left the media with a statement that was confusing.
"We could have played a lot better, but we're happy with the direction we're going," he said after the 37-13 victory.
He had to be kidding, right? The Ravens might be 7-3 and at the top of the AFC North, but we're not sure about the direction. The term "status quo" might be more applicable here, but certainly not better.
It's acceptable now just to win games because of the parity in the league, but the good teams start separating themselves from the bad ones at this time of year, not just in wins and losses,...