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Lardarius Webb: My team is going to bounce back

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Cornerback Lardarius Webb fulfilled some individual goals last year by returning from a torn ACL to reclaim his spot in the Ravens secondary, but he and his teammates fell short of their collective goals.

The Ravens failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time since John Harbaugh became the team’s head coach and Webb said that he has no goals for this season beyond helping the team return to the playoffs. He knows that the team will have a tough camp, but thinks it will just be part of the team’s return to previous heights.

“Oh yeah, my team is going to bounce back,” Webb said, via the Baltimore Sun. “Last year wasn’t that bad. A lot of people want to say it was bad just because we didn’t make the playoffs. We don’t usually not make the playoffs. A lot of people want to say last year was a horrible year, but it wasn’t a horrible year. There were a few games that left us out of the playoffs. We just have to learn from it. We have some young guys, and we just have to keep growing up with all those guys. I like where we’re at, and we just have to keep on going.”

One place where the defense needs to improve over last second is in their performance late in games. The defense ranked near the bottom of the league in the fourth quarter, allowing opponents to win games while the Ravens offense misfired all year long. Fixing those late game issues will be important for a Ravens defense that has seen a lot of turnover over the last couple of seasons without seeing the offense rise up to pick up the slack.

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29 Responses to “Lardarius Webb: My team is going to bounce back”
  1. youtubeingravenvids says: Jul 21, 2014 10:07 AM

    We had a HORRIBLE season last year on offense and were only 15 minutes away from the playoffs. If we would’ve won the last game @Cincy we would’ve been in. They’ve made nothing but improvements to the team, with no really big losses besides Art Jones. We will definitely bounce back.

  2. guitarkevin says: Jul 21, 2014 10:26 AM

    I love Lardarius. He is always positive and brings great energy to the team.

    We will definitely bounce back. And we will definitely make the playoffs.

  3. ravensfanatic88 says: Jul 21, 2014 10:44 AM

    I can already see thepftpoet saying something stupid in 3….2….1…..

  4. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 21, 2014 10:48 AM

    When he was a kid, I bet it was really hard finding one of those little license plates with his name on it. Probably still is.

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 21, 2014 10:52 AM

    Webb said, via the Baltimore Sun. “Last year wasn’t that bad. A lot of people want to say it was bad just because we didn’t make the playoffs.”

    You’d never catch that loser-talk coming from the Steelers clubhouse. If your expectation every year is a trip to the SB, anything short of that is an awful year.

  6. jmblosser82 says: Jul 21, 2014 11:00 AM

    The defense is solid but the offense got older and less talented

  7. ravenmadnky says: Jul 21, 2014 11:01 AM

    No playoffs and 8-8 was disappointing. But, it is not like the Ravens fell into the ranks of the Browns, Vikings, Jaguars, etc. The Ravens lost 1 game by 2 points. They lost 3 games by 3 points. That’s only a few points away from 11-5. The offense should be much better this year, and that will help the defense still have its wind in the 4th quarter.

  8. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 21, 2014 11:05 AM

    I doubt that facemask penalty in the picture was called. But if it was, that penalty was surely cited as the reason they lost, per Harbs.

  9. bengalskuta82 says: Jul 21, 2014 11:15 AM

    Your team didnt make the postseason last year, therefore you guys sucked. Its that simple. Its 2014. Its a clean slate and you guys have a great opportunity to turn it around.
    Good Luck!!

  10. jmblosser82 says: Jul 21, 2014 11:29 AM

    ravenmadnkya, by that logic the ravens could’ve lost up to five more games. It is what it is.

  11. clipper522 says: Jul 21, 2014 11:31 AM

    Seeing as Webb and the Ravens have been the only AFCN team to even sniff and win a SB in the past 5 years, i’d say he’s earned the right to speak his mind about how he thought the season went. Especially coming off a 2nd season-ending ACL tear.

  12. Bull Rush says: Jul 21, 2014 11:59 AM

    Well crownofthehelmet, that may be the mistake. The Steelers should stop punching above their weight class and aiming for the SB every year. Maybe they should just start small…like aim for a winning season.

  13. cfeeley52 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:17 PM

    bengalskuta82 says:
    Jul 21, 2014 11:15 AM
    Your team didnt make the postseason last year, therefore you guys sucked. Its that simple. Its 2014. Its a clean slate and you guys have a great opportunity to turn it around.
    Good Luck!!
    —————————————
    Your team did make it to the postseason last year, but got bounced in the first round for the third year in a row. Therefore, you guys sucked…

    In the future, if you’re going to represent the AFCN, please win at least one game.

    Good luck this year…

  14. hakunamangata says: Jul 21, 2014 12:29 PM

    Bengals fans talking about past history is like a Frenchman raving about their military achievements.

    Win something other than an t shirt, then we’ll let you in on this conversation.

  15. hakunamangata says: Jul 21, 2014 12:31 PM

    Oh and speaking of military achievements, the last time the Bengals won a playoff game, the gulf war had yet to happen.

    Let that sink in for a second.

    It’s been so long you’ve literally had the opportunity to be born, go through school, play college ball, get drafted by the Bengals and have Andy Dalton fumble away your chance to win a playoff game since the Bengals last won a game in January.

    Seriously.

  16. jtbsteeler says: Jul 21, 2014 1:11 PM

    I called the league office this morning to ask why Ray Rice hasn’t been suspended. I will do this everyday until the season starts.

  17. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jul 21, 2014 1:21 PM

    jtbsteeler says: Jul 21, 2014 1:11 PM

    I called the league office this morning to ask why Ray Rice hasn’t been suspended. I will do this everyday until the season starts.
    —————————————————————
    I bet they put you on hold a lot.

  18. southpaw2k says: Jul 21, 2014 1:26 PM

    ravensfanatic88 says:

    “I can already see thepftpoet saying something stupid in 3….2….1…..”

    You left out crownofthehelmet and NoFoolNoDrool as well.

    And actually, crown already posted 2 dumb comments on this thread at the time of this posting.

  19. jtbsteeler says: Jul 21, 2014 2:02 PM

    Actually I got right through. A receptionist picks up the phone.

  20. jtbsteeler says: Jul 21, 2014 2:04 PM

    Ed “Milk Carton” Reed

    Troy P – Voted to the 2013/14 Pro Bowl

  21. jmblosser82 says: Jul 21, 2014 4:01 PM

    clipper522, 3 SB appearances in the last 9 seasons, lost it 4 years ago won it 6 years ago for the Steelers. Still better then the Ravens.

  22. scoobies05 says: Jul 21, 2014 4:49 PM

    to my fellow ravens fans. go easy on crown. he’s actually a good dude. he loves his team and comes on here to have fun poking fun at us, much like we do with the Steelers. but he will tell you honestly that he respects the Ravens if u ask him. anyways, I like Webb’s comments. and jm is right. the offense did get older but at the same time it got better. I think Steve Smith brings back a fire we lost when q left. Daniels will be tight end 2. the line definitely improved on paper. on the field it can’t be worse. if you know kubiak running back Is almost a plug and play position. hopefully rice will be good to go when he comes back. and pierce can actually be healthy. all these things point to a good season for Joe. just remember…Joe had a bad season and Ben had a good season and both teams were 8 and 8

  23. scoobies05 says: Jul 21, 2014 4:53 PM

    jbsteeler. you should really consider doing something else with your time. because that may be the trolliest thing I’ve ever heatd

  24. Ed Bandell says: Jul 21, 2014 5:11 PM

    The problem with the defense last year is that they didn’t have a consistent pass rush and at times couldn’t stop the run. The secondary played pretty well all things considered and pretty much every facet was addressed. We have new blood on the D-Line and a healthy Ngata. We have new blood at MLB. Elam moves from FS to SS where he belongs and we will have a better coverage option at FS.

    The offense did get older, but certainly not less talented:

    C: Gino Gradkowski < Jeremy Zuttah
    RG: Marshal Yanda (healthy)
    RT: Micheal Oher ? Rick Wagner
    TE: Ed Dickson < Owen Daniels (he can actually catch)
    WR: Brandon Stokely < Steve Smith
    FB: Vontae Leach < Kyle Juscsszxzczxzyk (just call his Juice) in this new system

    With more options to go to and a less predictable offense and a defense that should be still very good, I think our chances are pretty good this year.

  25. jmblosser82 says: Jul 21, 2014 5:36 PM

    Ed Bandell, at this point I think even I am an upgrade over Stokely

  26. coltraven says: Jul 21, 2014 11:09 PM

    I agree, the Ravens are going to be much improved over last year, they have a good mix of veterans and young players on defense to really make a difference. Watch out for the rookie out of Bama, he looks like the real deal!

  27. juvenile1 says: Jul 21, 2014 11:25 PM

    Oh u think the ravens r making the playoffs ha? Ur delusional ha?

  28. scoobies05 says: Jul 22, 2014 11:51 AM

    I agree with you jm. Brandon had a very good career. even won a couple of rings along the way. but he is done. way too many shots to the head. when he was a rookie we lived in the same at complex. really nice guy. I hope the rest of his life turns out ok. anyways, hope you are well

  29. Ed Bandell says: Jul 22, 2014 3:24 PM

    I know the Ravens are going to bounce back, and they are going to bounce back with more energy and force than ever before, twice as hard, twice as fast.

    Little known fact that the most under the radar hire for the team was Ned Brainard, the new equipment manager. He’s introducing a new line of cleats for all of the players.

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