Here are some quotes from various Ravens coaches and players following Sunday's 14-6 win over Cleveland, courtesy of the Ravens' public relations staff:
Head coach John Harbaugh
On Arthur Jones playing after his health scare: "Well we had heard that his heart was functioning at one hundred percent again. It was just a matter of whether he was going to be in shape to play. So, we had to go through the week to see how he would handle practice and whether his cardiovascular strength was up, because he couldn't do any kind of exercise while he was out. He proved that during practice, so we decided [on] Friday that he would be OK to go [so] we put him up and played well."
On if Ray Rice's injury was scary: "I don't have the ‘scary gauge' on me right now. He might've gone down to protect himself, too. That's just something that we'll have to see. We're confident and optimistic right now. We'll have to see tomorrow how he responds to that."
On the Ravens' pass rush: "We have a chance to be one of the best pass-rushing teams in the league. We have to make that happen. It's two-pronged though, it's the coverage and the front. I thought we did a good job being aggressive with our coverage. Jimmy [Smith] and Lardarius [Webb] got up there and pressed, and getting their hands on people was a plus for us. ‘Digs' [James Ihedigbo] played well for us. It was a big improvement, obviously, in the back end."
On Jimmy Smith and Matt Elam starting: "Well, you've always got to change, especially in the beginning of the year when you're trying to figure out who you are. We have confidence in all of those guys. Matt [Elam] has been practicing well, but really they all are. Jimmy has been practicing really well, and he's a really good player."
Quarterback Joe Flacco
On the team's early struggles on offense: "We had to just take our time and be patient. You know, it was only 6-0, no need to panic or get all crazy, and we came out in the second half and just played really well. The third downs were huge in the second half, on the scoring drive that we had, so you have to just credit those guys for making those plays."
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs
On the pass rush: "I think that it's a combination of just the guys we've got doing it. We've got a lot of guys that are getting after the quarterback and that's a good thing. [Daryl Smith] he even decided to get in on it. He even had two sacks, too. That's the mentality we said we're going to have. We're going to stop the run; we're going to get after them on the pass. We did that."
On Arthur Jones playing after the health scare: "I was impressed, but we expected that of Art. You know what I mean? Art's played a big part of this team. He's a starter. So we expect everybody to play well. He had a good day, but it's expected. We're proud of him."
On the defense needing a big day with the offense struggling: defense needed to step up in first half as offense had trouble) "You all want to play phenomenal defense. You all want to play great at home. We know when [No.] 5 [Joe Flacco] gets in his flow, he's Joe Cool, he's never rattled. When he gets in his flow, he's going to be special and he's going to do some great things. It's just all the time, defense has got to do its part and hold the levees until Joe can start opening it up."
Wide receiver Marlon Brown
On catching two touchdowns in his first two NFL games: "To come into a team where they have some wide receiver issues, I had an opportunity to come in and start playing early. I've just been trying to seize every opportunity I get."
On if he was frustrated early on: "I wasn't frustrated because I looked at Joe [Flacco], and Joe wasn't frustrated. And, he's our leader, so if our leader isn't frustrated, and he's calm and cool, I'm going to be like, ‘We're going to be alright, because Joe's going to be alright.'"
Inside linebacker Daryl Smith
On not getting the interception off the tipped pass: "Oh, man, it [stinks], but I can live with it [because] we got the win. It's different if things would have turned outdifferently."
On his quarterback sack: "The linemen were getting pressure the whole time and it was collapsing. Josh Bynes set a good pick for me, and I came around and the coverage in the back end was free. So, when everything is working together like that, things happen."
Cornerback Lardarius Webb
On defending athletic tight ends like Jordan Cameron: "It's showing you where the NFL is going. Everybody with these athletic tight ends; we have one in [Dennis] Pitta. It came from [Rob] Gronkowski and [Aaron] Hernandez, guys like that, everybody is trying to find one, like [Jimmy] Graham down in New Orleans. You're just trying to find a guy like that, because it's a hard matchup on safeties; it's a mismatch sometimes. When you line the tight ends up on a linebacker, it's kind of a mismatch. So, everybody is trying to go that route."
Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil
On his sack: "I just kind of came around the edge. It was a great call. The inside guys gave a great push. So, [Brandon] Weeden couldn't go anywhere but where I was at. There was good coverage in the back end, so I was able to make the play."
On the team sack where five guys hit Brandon Weeden: "It started with the crowd. They couldn't hear anything. We all came off the ball, and it was like an avalanche. Guys just came from everywhere. I haven't seen it on the film yet, but it happened fast. The pocket collapsed, and he had nowhere to go. Great call."
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