Shell-shocked Ravens have to get ready for game in two days

AP

Oh, by the way, the Ravens have a football game to play in two days.

While their loss to the Bengals Sunday was quickly overshadowed by video of Ray Rice punching his wife in the face, followed by his firing, the Ravens have to gather themselves in a hurry to play the Steelers, lest they get off to an 0-2 start.

“It was a tough loss,” defensive end Chris Canty said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “Certainly, when you get this type of news [Rice’s contract terminated], it doesn’t make things any easier, but we have a job to do. We have to gather ourselves. We’ve got to move forward.
“The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming in here Thursday. From a professional standpoint, they could care less about what we’re going through as a football team. We have to focus on what we need to do as a team to give us the best chance to be successful on Thursday night.”

Among the challenges will be figuring out who is going to run the ball. That wasn’t going to be Rice this week anyway, but Bernard Pierce found himself in the doghouse after a fumble, with Justin Forsett taking over. But there are plenty of other concerns for a team that looked disorganized and sloppy in many areas that had nothing to do with Rice.

“We’re going to play ball,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said. ” We knew we were going to be without him anyway for the first two games, so our focus is on the Steelers and nothing else. More so than anything is getting this stuff out of the way early, because at the end of the day, we’re focusing on our game plan and going out there to play ball.

“That’s just a product of it. We lost one of our best players here, and he was a great Raven, and it feels weird to even say that. That’s the punishment, and he has to deal with it. It’s way worse for him than it is for us. We just have to get ready for the next one.”

That kind of compartmentalization is easy to talk about, but tougher to achieve, especially during a short week.

33 responses to “Shell-shocked Ravens have to get ready for game in two days

  1. I have NO sympathy for them…….they brought this all on themselves……oh and BTW Go Steelers:)

  2. Bernard Pierce is their longterm solution at RB (or if he isn’t they need to figure that out by letting him play).

    The whole benching after a fumble thing is getting over used. If Ray Rice fumbled he wouldn’t have been benched, Especially since it was his first career fumble. Harbaugh was channeling his inner Tom Coughlin.

    I predict a 0-2 start with Flacco trying to do to much and making another boneheaded mistake.

  3. This will have a negative effect on them for a long time. Just ask the Dolphins about the stupid bully mess they had last year. Bill

  4. This is the sort of thing that wrecks a season (see the effect of Bullygate on the 2013 Dolphins).

  5. This was the right move to have Ray Rice not play this season, he and his wife as well as their extended family will hopefully grow together from this terrible incident. Ray should take this time to become a leader amongst men to help eliminate the cowardly act of hitting women. His wife and daughter need to be able to trust him.

    Everyone deserves the opportunity to prove they have changed, and if he can with total sincerity, hopefully he gets a chance to show it once again as a Raven next season. The field is not the proper place for him now, but the Baltimore Ravens fan base can give him the opportunity to prove himself to the community he let down.

  6. Rice is a idiot and that is a proven fact, but so is Ozzie for giving a 5-7Million a $$$$ per year QB, 20+ million a year!!
    All the Ravens mgmt, had to be doing total facepalms all day on Sunday with what they saw from Joe.
    DOH!

  7. If the Steelers play like they played in the second half last Sunday, the Ravens could lose all their starters and still not have any problem.

  8. “Shell shocked”. Come on!! Over exaggerate much? First, he was already suspended and wasn’t going to be playing this weekend. Hence, no adjustments needed. Second, everybody already knew he had punched his wife, so no shock there. Third, this was 7 months ago! And she married him since then! A “shell shock” would be to wake up to the news that Ray Rice had murdered his wife over the weekend.

  9. The best news for the Ravens is that they weren’t going to have Rice anyway, so it isn’t like they are going to have to change their gameplan because of that. Yes, there are distractions involved. Yes, the media is going to be ALL OVER the Raven’s coaching staff, front office, and ownership. But, at the end of the day, they are a football team and have to prepare for games.

    The Ravens, setting aside moral superiority and hindsight, are still a talented team with quality coaching and won’t be rolling over and accepting defeat before the game even kicks off.

  10. It’s Coach Harbaugh’s time to shine here

    Coach Harbaugh looks like an enabler and an idiot.

  11. I think the ferocity of the hit is what took everyone aback, it wqs like watching a hit from the Ravens – Steelers games in the playoffs when like 4 guys got literally knocked out of the game.

  12. PFFFT. It’s Steelers-Ravens, the best rivalry in professional football. Haven’t something like 13 of the last 15 games been decided by 3 points or less? Throw out the win/loss records and everything else, none of it matters. It’s gonna be a hard-hitting, physical game, just like all Steelers-Ravens games, one I’m looking forward to watching with friends and several recreational adult beverages.

    GO STEELERS!

  13. The Steelers are the luckiest team on the planet. They barely escaped last week’s game, now they get to play a team with major distractions. Both division opponents. Maybe next week they will get the Panthers with Derek Anderson at QB again.

  14. The fact that Rice was already out just means the Ravens were already going to loose this game. Peirce isn’t Ray Rice. The Ravens were playing their whole Season’s cards on expecting Rice back in the lineup for Week 3. Now they are scratching their heads & reviewing the Running Back Draft Lists for next year!

    GO STEELERS!!!

  15. As a Steelers fan, of course, I “hate” the Ravens. But as a human being, I can empathize with them having to play on Thursday after spending the week in the center of a media firestorm.

    On the plus side, if the Ravens have to play anyone midweek, better that it’s the Steelers. Our games are always events, and if anything can take their minds off their troubles, it will be this smashmouth rivalry. As they say, “Is there anywhere else you’d rather be?” … especially since they’ll be playing at home. And given that Rice was already suspended for this game, they won’t have to do any last-minute scrambling to replace him in the lineup.

    Once they take the field, I’m sure this drama will fade to black and both teams will be able to focus on their mutual dislike. I can’t wait!

  16. Listening to fans of these teams talk is like listening to grandad and his buddy talk about how good they were in highschool.

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