In the moment of defeat, emotions can run high and words can be harsh. So when Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey addressed the media following Baltimore's stunning 28-12 loss to the Tennesse Titans and did not mince words about how he viewed the team, one could assume that it may have been due to the raw frustration he was feeling in the moment when asked about the team's identity and how it should be remembered.
“The sad reality of it is, this Ravens’ team, we’ve been here two years in a row and we’ve lost, so I think you’ve got to look yourself in the mirror,” Humphrey told reporters on Saturday night. “This team’s identity right now is get in the playoffs and choke. It is what it is. That’s just the hard truth.”
On Sunday, with a few hours to process the loss, the key piece of the Ravens secondary stood by his comments, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec.
Marlon Humphrey said he stands by his comment from last night that the team’s identity right now is choking in playoffs. Said it wasn’t frustration talking.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) January 12, 2020
When looking at the Ravens playoff success in the past two years, it is understandable to see where Humphrey is coming from. After a strong finish to last season, the Ravens dropped a home game in the Wild Card round at home to the Los Angeles Chargers, looking like a shell of the team that thrived in the regular season.
This year, it was more of the same. A 12-game winning streak to end the regular season and earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC all came crashing down as the Titans ran all over the Ravens and shocked the world. Entering as Super Bowl favorites, Baltimore looked far from it on Saturday. Whether that is actually "choking" or just a result other factors contributing to the loss will always remain an opinion depending on who you ask.
To Humphrey and many others inside the locker room, the loss will sting and create self-reflection. Until the Ravens get a chance to redeem themselves, that will be the case.
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