EARLY BIRD: Will Huff be better after the bye?

EARLY BIRD: Will Huff be better after the bye?
October 24, 2013, 7:00 am
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Harbaugh: We need to get better and win games

EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, their first day off during the bye week.

Two-minute topic: Will Michael Huff’s first Ravens season get better after the bye?

Signed to a three-year $6 million contract as a free agent, Huff lost his starting job after the Week 1 debacle against the Broncos. His action lately has been limited to special teams, and he has struggled there as well. On Sunday, Huff was one of the players that lost outside containment on Emmanuel Sanders’ 44-yard kickoff return that helped set up the Steelers’ winning field goal. Huff is not making excuses, saying he needs to do a better job on special teams.

“You got to find a way,” Huff said. “As crucial as that kickoff is, at that time of the game, you’ve got to find a way. That was the last drive, field position. To give up a kickoff on that drive was definitely tough.”

Huff has handled his demotion from the starting lineup with class, but admitted he was disappointed.

“The competitor in you wants to play,” Huff said. “But for me, the day I signed, it’s team first, all about the team. It’s never been about me. If I gotta run down on punts, run down on kickoffs, that’s what I’ll do. Whatever it takes for us to win, get to the playoffs, defend the Super Bowl, that’s what I’ll do.”

Huff played on some bad teams with the Raiders, but remained confident the Ravens (3-4) would make a playoff run after the bye.

“I see leadership in the locker room, I see it from the top down,” Huff said. “Harbs (John Harbaugh), Ozzie (Newsome), everybody, they built this team for a reason. Lot of football left, especially in this division, it’s going to come down to those last few weeks. We’re not panicked at all.”

However, it remained to be seen if the Ravens would get a more consistent contribution from Huff.

Morning thought – “We haven’t been running the ball very well. I think we got a little bit better last week, but we’re still not where we’d like to be in terms of our standards. That’s going to be our main focus.” - Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.