Ray Rice was not a big part of the Ravens’ offense in their 22-17 loss to the Seahawks last Sunday.
He had five carries and 13 total touches in the game as the Ravens put the ball in the air 53 times, including Rice’s touchdown pass, and Rice didn’t speak with reporters after the game. That suggested he wasn’t thrilled with the way he was used, something he confirmed very calmly and without rancor on Wednesday.
“The thing is, you get down in a situation, you have to climb your way out,” Rice said, via Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. “I’m never going to be a guy who talks about touches, but obviously, we know going into a game that five carries is not going to cut it. You look at it, and I know five carries is not going to do it, but we find ourselves so deep in a situation that we have to climb our way out. And we were looking for answers.”
Rice apologized to reporters for not speaking to them after the game, saying that he didn’t want to lash out emotionally after a frustrating afternoon for both him and the team. Rice said that such a reaction “leads to disaster, leads to trouble, leads to people pointing fingers” and he didn’t want to have that happen.
It’s not the way a lot of other players would have chosen to handle the situation, although Rice has spent much of this season showing that he doesn’t do things exactly the same as his peers. His contract is up at the end of the year, but unlike some other running backs in the same boat you haven’t heard much from Rice, who is making $600,000 this year, about his desire for a new deal during the season.