OWINGS MILLS, Md. — John Harbaugh likely won’t have another press conference like the one he had Monday.
After the Ravens 59-10 trouncing of the Dolphins on Sunday in Miami, there wasn’t much to be upset about as the Ravens escaped with as good of a win as they’ll likely have all season.
Baltimore set a franchise record for points in a game (59), touchdowns (eight), total yards (643) and margin of victory (49). Lamar Jackson set a team record with his perfect passer rating (158.3) and tied the record for passing touchdowns (five).
With that in mind, there wasn’t much negative to be said about Sunday’s game. Here are three things to note from Harbaugh’s press conference.
Jimmy Smith will only miss a few weeks
The one negative from Sunday’s game was the injury to Jimmy Smith.
Smith, who got his right leg rolled into, didn’t play the remainder of the game. But the Ravens got good news, as his injury was only an MCL sprain.
“It’s the same as we thought last night, it will be multiple weeks,” Harbaugh said. “He has a Grade 2 sprain in there. So it’s not going to be a season-ender by any stretch. How many weeks it is, that depends how fast it heals.”
Smith was one of the team’s top three cornerbacks alongside Brandon Carr and Marlon Humphrey.
With Tavon Young out for the season with a neck injury, the Ravens cornerback depth is being stretched thin. But the possibility of putting Smith on IR, with the intention of bringing him back later in the season, seems out of the cards for the time being.
“It’s a possibility, I don’t think it’s a probability right now,” Harbaugh said. “But I haven’t spoken with Eric or Ozzie about that at this time. So we’ll have to see.”
With Smith out of the lineup, Anthony Averett replaced him at cornerback and played 45 plays (90 percent) of the snaps. He’ll have a big role to step into, especially with Kansas City, Cleveland and Pittsburgh on the schedule in the coming weeks.
“I think once he got his sea legs, he really played well,” Harbaugh said.
Still room to improve
Harbaugh noted that, while the end result was spectacular, there’s still a few things that need to be cleaned up.
“It was really good, but there are many things to work on,” Harbaugh said. “It goes hand-in-hand. It’s an opportunity to improve. And it’s an ever-changing environment. The things we did well, people are going to do everything they can do to stop. We have to stay ahead of that.”
One of the areas Harbaugh said played well, however, was the offensive line. With Bradley Bozeman at left guard, the offensive line plowed the way for over 200 rushing yards between all rushers.
While he expects the usage of the three running backs (Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill) to vary each week, the offensive line is one area that he hopes to remain the same throughout.
“It’s not without areas we can improve for sure,” Harbaugh said. “But they were physical, they kept their pads down for the most part, technique in the run blocking and pass blocking was good. We picked up almost all of their pressures every time, and they brought a lot of pressure. Bradley played really well and justified the fact that he was in there (at left guard.)”
Harbaugh did, however, decline to elaborate on Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin’s seemingly low snap counts. Brown played just 14 snaps, while Boykin played 18.
Suggs set to return
Perhaps the biggest storyline this week will be the return of Terrell Suggs to Baltimore.
Suggs was a Raven beginning in 2003 and was a seven-time Pro Bowler. He left for Arizona as a free agent this past offseason.
“He’s playing really well, he’s a game-wrecker, and that’s how we’ll be treating him,” Harbaugh said.
Suggs had two sacks in the team’s tie against the Lions in Week 1. The 36-year old veteran is one of just two players remaining from the 2003 draft class.
Sunday in Baltimore will be his first time suiting up at M&T Bank Stadium against the Ravens.
“As far as that part of it, the emotional part of it, I’m not going to worry about that,” Harbaugh said. “It’ll be great to see him before the game, hug him and all that maybe, if I happen to see him. Once the game starts, he’s a Cardinal.”
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