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."
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.
Unless the Ravens change their scheme or make a major addition, fourth-year linebacker Courtney Upshaw stands to gain the most from star pass rusher Terrell Suggs' season-ending Achilles tendon tear. Also, expect Crockett Gillmore to contribute on Sunday.
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.
The Ravens and Broncos remember their 2013 season-opening matchup, but they dismissed its significance as the Ravens prepare to open another season of lofty expectations in the Mile-High City against the Broncos.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was regularly approached this offseason by fans who spoke excitedly about the start of the regular season. Knowing that the opener was still months away, Flacco said his response would be, "OK, take it easy." Now, Flacco is swept up in the excitement as well.
A controversial figure even now in the heart of the preseason, Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs smiled as he suggested who was really to blame for this week¿s firestorm surrounding his low hit against Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford.
The fallout from Terrell Suggs' low hit on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford entered Day Three with the NFL acknowledging there shouldn't have been a flag thrown on the play and Ravens coach John Harbaugh defending the veteran linebacker amid accusations he's a dirty player.
Terrell Suggs' low hit on quarterback Sam Bradford, which drew a roughing the passer penalty and prompted at least one Philadelphia Eagles player to call the outside linebacker a dirty player, got all the attention. But it was only one of 17 penalties for 139 total yards for the Ravens.
We're waiting to see what is going on with Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. If he is indeed the leader of the Ravens defense, they took the perfect cue from him Saturday night in the the team's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
His value rarely questioned inside the Ravens locker room, outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw enters the final year of his rookie contract out to simply ¿do more¿ as he aims to set himself up for the future and the Ravens for another Super Bowl run.
With cameras lining the sidewalk near the players' entrance of the Ravens facility in Owings Mills, stalwart outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was, predictably, the only player to acknowledge the attention given to the mundane act of showing up for work. Others entered the building with their head down, but Suggs — who became the Ravens' last remaining defensive star this offseason and spent the time away from the team facility enjoying his celebrity — gave a smile and a wave.
This year, the Ravens aren't at the center of the ugly storm caused by offseason arrests and the national debate over the punishment of a star performer. That circus has moved to New England Patriots training camp.