Harbaugh: "It was a hard-fought game"
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs says the Ravens are in a “state of emergency”, and clearly has grown tired of the losing.
Suggs spoke in calm terms following Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, but his message was clear, as the leader of the defense, and one of the team’s leaders. The Ravens cannot sugarcoat being 3-4, having lost three of their last four. If they are going to make the playoffs, they must play much better after next week’s bye.
“I’m very concerned,” Suggs said. “It’s been very rare with this franchise that we’ve been under .500. It’s happened at a perfect time for us to address everything. We have a tremendous amount of work to do."
Suggs wasn’t finished. Asked what needed to be adjusted, Suggs said, “That’s definitely something in-house. I’m not going to give something out for my opponents to say, ‘Let’s see if they correct it.’ We know what we gotta fix – special teams, offense, defense. We’re at a state of emergency now.”
The Ravens have made the playoffs five consecutive years under John Harbaugh, and that is the standard Suggs has held the Ravens accountable to in this year of transition without Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. So far, the Ravens have not played up to that standard. And Suggs has had enough.
“Every time I line up, I expect to win,’’ Suggs said. “There’s no doubt about it. I play to win. This is sickening, this is disgusting. It’s time for all of us to take a good look at ourselves.”
Suggs was clearly delivering a message. But it remains to be seen if the Ravens are good enough to turn their season in a different direction.