A few things of note from the Ravens preseason opener:
Did you catch John Harbaughs irked demeanor at the quickie halftime interview? When Stan White grabbed the coach as he was heading off the field, Harbaugh offered only short answers about how bad the Ravens looked in the half. He was not a happy coach.
Shortly before he spoke with White, Harbaugh also wasnt happy about the spot on a fourth-down play near the end of the first half, when it appeared the Ravens made a first down on a short pass. But even after an instant replay review, the Ravens didnt get the call. Still, thats the kind of call that regular officials miss from time to time, too.
Were not supposed to notice the replacement officials. But thats kind of hard when the head referee, Craig Ochoa, sounds nervous every time he has to announce a call via his microphone. And twice referring to the Atlanta Falcons as Arizona didnt help much, either.
Rookie Gino Gradkowski, who started at center with Matt Birk sitting out the game, shouldered the blame for the hit Joe Flacco took when blitzing safety Sean Weatherspoon went free into the Ravens backfield. "Anytime there's a miscommunication, it's always the center's fault," Gradkowski said, according to baltimoreravens.com. "I've got to be better with that. We'll get that fixed."
Gradkowskis fellow rookie on the line, Kelechi Osemele, who started at right tackle, gave himself a mixed grade. "It was a little sloppy at first, but I warmed up after the first three-and-out," he said (also via the Ravens website). "Once I started playing like my usual self, I felt like things went pretty good."