Three days removed from the Ravens' 31-29 win over Dallas, safety Bernard Pollard was still fuming over how the defense played in that game.
When he met with the media Wednesday, Pollard, often smiling and warm with the media, was all business and still upset with the defensive performance Sunday, which included 227 rushing yards by Dallas, the most ever allowed by a Ravens team.
That came after the Chiefs rushed for 214 yards against the Ravens the week before.
"We should be pissed off and we are pissed off with the way we played," Pollard said on Wednesday.
"We have to take a stand. Two weeks in a row, two hundred freakin yards rushing," he added. "We gotta take a stand in what we do. We gotta walk out there with pride."
Pollard also strongly defended first-year defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who has borne some of the criticism for a defense that ranks 26th both overall and against the run.
"Don't blame the coach. Don't blame the coach," Pollard said. "Coaches don't play. Dean has made great calls. It's about us going out and executing. We have not executed."
Certainly the loss of reigning Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs has been a factor in the Ravens' defensive decline, and now Pees and the defense have also lost their inspirational leader in Ray Lewis (torn triceps) and its top cornerback in Lardarius Webb (knee).
Pollard, though, said the defense still has talent and has to show it with physical play and sound tackling. That was in short supply against Dallas. And that, Pollard said, is on the players, not Pees.
"The coaches have done a great job," Pollard said. "They're here all day, every day, planning, putting things together for us to go out there and get the job done but it's on us to execute. Man, they can't press a button and make us wrap up a tackle. We are pros. We have to go out and play like it."