Like a real leader, Ravens coach John Harbaugh fell on the sword for his team's terrible performance Monday.
And there could be plenty of shifts and changes on the way in terms of personnel and the style of play.
"As far as responsibility for that game," Harbaugh said in reference to the 43-13 drubbing at the hands of the Houston Texans on Sunday, "to me it's on me. We were not in position to win that game. … We obviously weren't ready to handle their scheme, their intensity, the crowd."
There was a record audience at Reliant Stadium to witness the Texans (6-1), who now have the best record in the AFC, beat the Ravens for the first time in franchise history.
The defense almost allowed 200-plus yards rushing for the third week in a row -- 181 to be exact -- and gave up the most points since Harbaugh became coach in 2008.
It was their first game without linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb, both of whom went down with season-ending injuries a week ago.
The trade deadline looms at the end of the month. The Ravens are bringing linebacker Sergio Kindle, a 2010 second-round draft pick who was cut last week to make room for the return of Terrell Suggs, back on the practice squad.
"We have everything we need. We have all the players we need and we have all the scheme we need," Harbaugh said. "Now, what we have to do is organize it in a way that gives our players a chance to play their fastest and their best under pressure, on the road, against good teams and at home."
After practice Tuesday, the team will have the rest of the week off heading into a bye. Despite being dinged up, the Ravens should be relatively healthy going into the Nov. 4 game at the Cleveland Browns.
Tackle Bryant McKinnie, who filled in briefly for Kelechi Osemele when he went down with a knee and ankle injury, still is bothered by a hip flexor strain. Osemele had no structural damage and should be fine.
In playing his first game of the season, Suggs was on the field for 44 snaps and had no setbacks. Safety Ed Reed hurt his ribs but he'll be OK, too.
"We need to rest. We need the recovery," Harbaugh said. "We're going to heal up a little bit."
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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