Harbaugh: [The fans] got their money's worth
EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens after Sunday’s crucial victory over the Bengals.
Two-minute topic: Will cornerback Lardarius Webb build off his strong performance on Sunday?
Webb had his best game of the season Sunday, picking off a pass and providing blanket coverage against the Bengals’ strong receiving trio of A. J. Green, Mohamed Sanu, and Marvin Jones. Coming off knee surgery, Webb has been not been the same cornerback he was prior to his injury, and in Week 9 against the Browns, he had one of his worst games. Webb was crestfallen after that game but vowed to come back stronger against the Bengals.
“Last week kind of had me down,” Webb said following Sunday’s game. “I worked my butt off in practice this week. I just had to get better. I know I’m not 100 (percent), but I just had to get better. I felt like I had let my team down. I took it to practice and it paid off on the field.”
Webb’s interception came when he wrestled the ball away from Jones as they fell to the ground.
“I just wanted it,” Webb said. I landed in both of our hands and I kind of just took it.”
However, Webb also made his presence felt when the Ravens blitzed, pressuring Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, especially when Webb was lined up against the Bengals’ slot receiver. Blitzing from the slot is something Webb loves to do. If fact, he loves playing the slot in general.
“That’s my thing,” Webb said. “With me playing safety in college, and I like to tackle, and eyes roam, that’s just my spot. I felt comfortable. With that position, you get to tackle, you get to blitz, you get to cover. You kind of just get to play football. That’s what I like.”
The Ravens liked the way Webb played Sunday. If that continues, the Ravens’ secondary will reap the benefit.
Morning thought: “I don’t think we ever thought we were out of it. And this game definitely helps.” – Quarterback Joe Flacco, reacting to Sunday’s win.