After each home game, the Baltimore Ravens public relations staff distributes selected quotes to the media. Here's the best out of what was said following the Ravens' 34-27 loss to Carolina Thursday night:
John Harbaugh on Marlon Brown's game and how he got here: "He's a rookie free agent; we recruited him like crazy. He decided to go to Houston instead of coming here. Then something happened in Houston which I have no idea what it was....and he came here. We really liked him from the beginning. When we first saw him on tape, I saw him, he jumped off the tape. But he had the ACL...he's come back from that thing very quickly, and he's playing well."
Harbaugh on the wide receivers' competition: "It wouldn't be fair right now to make any statements. I'm happy with all of those guys - [that's] just as frank as I can be. I think they all played well, I really do. I don't have any problem with any of those guys. We have a bunch of guys that are probably going to play very well in this league over the next few years. They aren't going to all be here, but they're going to play somewhere, and I'm really kind of happy where we're at with those guys. You probably saw today the things we've been seeing in practice for the last few weeks, and I'm glad you got a chance to see those things."
Harbaugh on how he feels about Joe Flacco needing the preseason to get his interceptions out of his system: "I think it is that, because Joe is not one to throw interceptions, as we all know. We'll be concerned about them - Joe more than anybody. We'll take a hard look at it with Jim [Caldwell] and Craig Ver Steeg. We'll assess where we're at with him. A lot of that is [that] he's trying to get a feel for guys. I can't say if everybody was exactly where they were supposed to be on the routes or not - that's the stuff we'll look at. Joe will be the first to take responsibility - he has always been that way. I don't expect that to be an issue this year, but we've got to make sure it's not."
Ray Rice on Thursday's performance: "Oh man, we have a lot of things to work on. But it felt really good to get out there and run the ball. Obviously, we got things going on that first drive tonight. We proved that we can move the ball down the field. We just can't make costly turnovers. We are going to get that stuff corrected. I'm glad we are able to make our mistakes now and get them corrected for later."
Lardarius Webb on what he wanted out of his first game: "I just wanted to play football again, and when I finally got back out there, it felt like football again. The thing I got most out of it was being out there with the defense, just running around with them smiling and having fun - that's what I got out of it. It's going to come along. It's going to be good. I'm just happy to be out there with the guys."
Marlon Brown on whether he felt this performance helps him make the team: "Yes, for sure. Just the fact that I went in the first quarter with the ones meant the guys upstairs have confidence in me and Aaron [Mellette] to put us in at that time."
Marshal Yanda on the Ravens' four turnovers: "Obviously, you never want to have them. You want to, but it's the NFL, things happen and you need to learn from them. We never want to turn over the football. That's something we take pride in. If we have four turnovers, and they have zero, I mean, it doesn't matter, it's not going to be good for us."
Michael Huff on playing against versatile quarterback Cam Newton: "It's definitely tough. You can have great coverage, and then he'll pull it down and run for 20, 30, 40 yards. So, it's definitely tough to get a little balance, but you've got to find a way."
Daryl Smith on if the defense gets more comfortable as a unit the more they play together in game situations: "Oh, definitely. That's always been the goal. All those weeks of practice, that was the first step, but with these games we try to get in there and communicate more. And I think we'll be able to do that even better once we review the film and make our corrections. So, yeah, each game we're getting a little more comfortable with each other and we're definitely gelling out there."
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