"We're on to Baltimore. This is really one of the elite defenses for many, many years. They do have several new players playing for them. They are big, fast, and physical. They have an excellent scheme, and are very well coached. They have some excellent cover men, and they have some very excellent defensive linemen. You know about their linebacking crew. Everything revolves around 52 (LB Ray Lewis) and 20 (S Ed Reed). Those are just two high-level, excellent players - even more than high level. These are two of the great players in the game who have great experience and instincts. We have got a lot of hard work and preparation (ahead of us). It's a great challenge and also a great opportunity with Baltimore coming in here on Sunday."
On how important it is for the backup running backs to be able to block: "It's critical. We missed a couple of – there was one in there – but physically I think we're okay. We have to be able to get to our assignment. That's a critical thing. Always is and always will be."
On how important it was for RB
On where the offensive line unit is at now compared with last year: "You always have to start over. We have a new man playing as well. Last year means very little to the next year because you have to start it all over and get all of the hard work and preparation in. Our offensive line has done that. I do know this – they have an opportunity to become one of the best offensive lines in this league. We have a lot of work to do. We missed a couple of things there assignment-wise. We did some excellent things in the running game. Most of – but that's not good enough – the pass protection was excellent at times. We've got a lot of work to do there as well, and it's all positions."
On how much he has worked with QB
On how he knows that Vick's confidence is not shaken: "You take the last drive. Absolutely. You don't think he's confident? Shoot. Come from behind win. We're 1-0. He's on a five-game win streak - I don't count last year but technically. Yeah, I don't think any quarterback can lack for any confidence, but he's rocking and rolling right now."
On Vick dropping back to pass 56 times in the game: "We won the game but certainly, looking back, we could have done some other things. That's hard. Just because you have a whole overload amount of turnovers doesn't mean just because it didn't work very well because of the penalties and turnovers doesn't mean it wasn't the right thing to do. You know we look at that closely. I go back, and back, and back, and back. As far as the running game, it just felt like –and I've been back through the film an ungodly amount of times this time and usually you're doing that after the first game. It just seemed like we were first-and-20 (a lot), and a lot of those runs got called back. Those were holds, and we need to correct that. It felt like we were backed up just a little bit. We had 20 carries (for RB
On whether the interceptions came from Vick's decision-making or bad passes: "He threw the ball strong, and he kept throwing the ball strong. A quarterback has to do that now no matter what has happened in the past. There are a couple of things. You have to have complete confidence in the fellas around you up front. You get hit in the mouth and that has to happen. Second, in this league, you have to throw the football strongly and with confidence every time. You can get away with some other things, but you have to do that. I know that he did do that. He continued to do that. We talked about that already and he has to get through his progressions. Some of them, he was pretty clean. We had reasonably good success against the blitz and we had three big plays and a couple of zeros and all that. Some of the basic things, he'll get there. I suspect - I haven't read or seen anything – that Mike stepped up and took responsibility. I would expect that from him and that is the type of guy that he is. Our team understands the turnover ratio, and we understand that. We have proud players who want to take care of the ball and make no mistakes carrying the ball. Eight out of ten teams who were 1 in the game won their respective games, and that's typical. We were one of the two to overcome that and win the game with a negative turnover ratio. One of two teams."
On who would go into the game if T
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On whether there is concern that Vick is over-thinking: "Sure, and I think that is part of the rust. I think he was trying to do a little much, and he knows that. I think you're probably right there, yeah."
On whether he thinks it is okay that Vick dropped down and threw sidearm a couple instances during the last game: "Yeah as long as the ball is thrown accurately and strong. Now, there are times where you move your feet. A quarterback needs to throw at every different angle because there will be times where he's got to throw it like that, sure."
On what will happen if WR
On whether it surprises him that the Ravens gave up so many yards on the ground last week: "Very difficult to evaluate a football team in first games. You need three or four games typically. Cincinnati is a heck of a running football team. They do some things there very, very well. I would not evaluate them on one game and I think they are an excellent run and pass football team. There is no question about that."
On what type of challenge DT Haloti Ngata brings to the offensive line: "That's right. They have several different players up front there that are playing at a high level. They are big men, strong men, and they are athletic. We've got a great challenge all across the front, but certainly inside. He is just one of the outstanding players in this game."