OAKLAND – It’s not time for the Ravens to panic, but it’s time to be very concerned.
Several Ravens were surprisingly candid in the locker room following their frustrating 37-33 loss to the Raiders. They sensed the urgency of their situation at 0-2 for the first time in eight seasons with John Harbaugh as head coach. Here are some of the best post-game comments:
From safety Will Hill:
“It’ always challenging when you don’t have any wins. The head of the organization is going to come down on the head coach, and the head coach is going to come down on the players, so we all got to be ready for the storm.”
From wide receiver Steve Smith, on how the Ravens will handle being 0-2:
“We don’t have a choice,” Smith said. “Our dates are set and we got to show up. We can’t pack it in, we can’ t feel sorry for ourselves. We got to play better and be grown men.”
From defensive end Chris Canty:
“To come out here and not perform is just disappointing. We got to improve in a hurry. We took a step backwards. We didn’t execute the way we’re accustomed to doing, especially on the defensive side of the ball. We’re not playing complimentary football right now, all three phases are out of sync. We got to find a way to fix it. Nobody’s going to feel sorry us, and nobody’s going to come and save us. We got to improve.”
That improvement needs to start with Sunday's home opener against the Bengals. An 0-3 start might be time to panic.