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They Said It: Podium Day 6

HEAD COACH JOHN HARBAUGH

Opening assertion: “I used to be simply requested a query by ESPN reporter Jamison Hensley [about] when the cooling tents are going to return out, and I simply wish to make it clear to all you media members; that’s for gamers solely, not media. (laughter)

“So, it was a good day. [There was] a little different tempo you saw at practice that you really haven’t seen here in training camp in the past. So, I think we got a lot done from an execution standpoint. It was hot. It heated up. The guys handled it well. We had some guys out of practice – some guys with minor things – [Devin] Duvernay, for instance, and other guys we just held out for vet days, so nothing major on that front. OK, what questions do you have?”

Were you capable of see that play that S Tony Jefferson II made, and what did you consider it? (Jamison Hensley) “I saw it. It was a great play; it was a great play. To go back there … He’s in quarters coverage, carries the deep-over route; that’s a big-play opportunity for the offense. I don’t know how he got his hand on that ball; that was great in and of itself. Then he finds a way to tip it to himself and catch it and make a diving catch, and then he got up and ran.”

What’s the technique with the pads? Are you type of spacing it out, so far as going back-to-back days with it? (Todd Karpovich) “Yes, it’s part of the tempo [and] what we’re trying to get accomplished, in terms of ramping the guys up.”

Do you assume we now have already seen the very best model of NT Michael Pierce? Or does he nonetheless have room to type of construct on that pass-rush manufacturing that we noticed in Minnesota final yr? (Childs Walker) “I think he has room to build on it. Yes, I’d agree with that. He looks really good out there; he’s practicing well; he’s very fit. But I still think he’s shaping himself and rounding himself into football shape. And in the big picture of his career, I know he’s not satisfied with where he’s at or how he’s played the last couple years. He’s been good, but not, probably, to his expectations yet. So, I believe he has a statement to make.”

With NT Michael Pierce and DL Brent Urban – I do know it’s early in camp – do they seem like the identical gamers you keep in mind? Or if not, how have they modified? (Shawn Stepner) “They look exactly the same, if not, better. It’s early, we’re not in pads, we’re not in games, [so] it’s hard to say. But from a practice standpoint, they look as good as they ever did.”


With RB Tyler Badie – I do know it’s extraordinarily early – have you ever seen what you’ve anticipated to see out of him, or has he form of stunned you? (Cordell Woodland) “No, we’ve seen what we thought. We thought he’d be good, and he’s been good. [He’s] quick, smart, picks up the plays well. [He has] kind of a quiet demeanor; you give him a coaching point, and he kind of shakes his head and keeps moving and tries to get it right. When the real football comes on, I think that’s when you find out about the running backs.”

I don’t assume we ever requested you about if you signed RB Corey Clement, proper earlier than the beginning of camp. What did you want about him, and what have been your impressions? (Luke Jones) “I’ve always thought he’s a really physical guy, really quick-footed, downhill guy, who really didn’t know how physically impressive he was – when you see him in person – and his attitude is just off the charts. He and I have a handshake now that he taught me, so we’ll see how it goes. Maybe we’ll show it to you later.” (laughter)

We’ve seen LB Vince Beigel do some stuff on the surface but additionally deal with some duties at inside linebacker. Obviously, it’s a method’s away from making the 53-man roster, however does he have the form of flexibility to try this throughout the common season? (Jonas Shaffer) “I think he does. He’s done it before. He’s always played outside ‘backer, but he’s been in a lot of 4-3 systems, where he’s played off the ball, usually as a WILL [weakside linebacker], sometimes as a SAM [strongside linebacker]; that’s kind of what he’s doing here. Really, we adjust like some 4-3 teams do in certain change of strength things that take the ‘backers off the ball. So, he can do it, for sure.”

Going again to these safeties, S Marcus Williams and people guys appear to speak very properly again there. How do you discover them progressing? (Todd Karpovich) “I agree with that. We really emphasize over-communication, and we even use the term obnoxious communication. We want to be obnoxious communicators – that’s the goal. You want to be loud; you want to jump off the screen, man; it’s a flat screen. You guys know what that is, right? You guys have your TV shows? You’ve got to jump off that screen. That’s what you’ve got to do as a communicator. So, I’m really, really impressed with those guys, and not just those guys; I feel like on offense, we’re getting better and better. I feel like the quarterbacks have taken a step in that way, too, and are doing a great job.”

When you discuss altering the tempo of apply, do you continue to have the identical quantity of alternative to guage guys? (Kyle Barber) “You don’t get as many opportunities to evaluate them – that’s a great point – you just don’t. So, they’re not in pads, it’s an execution practice. Like we told them, we want to be fast and perfect – that’s the goal – to be fast and perfect. Communication is kind of the foundation of that. So, they’re not fighting against each other for position and leverage and all that kind of stuff, so it makes those opportunities when they do, like yesterday, even that much more important.”

Is it in your nature or what you need out of coaching camp and what you’ve grown up with to form of say, “Alright guys, that’ll do it,” when it comes to physicality? (Pete Gilbert) “No, no. That would be like living in Loser World. ‘Oh, oh, I guess we’ll do it.’ No one is making us do it. We’ve determined, because we really studied it and thought about it, that this is the best way to make our team the best. And it’s not just about injuries or it’s not just about ramping up tempos and things like that; I also have a suspicion that it’s going to help our execution in the end. It’s kind of a knowledge before physicality kind-of-a mindset. That’s kind of what we’re chasing – execution before physicality. We’ll see how it goes, and we’ll see how good we are, especially early in the season.”

To my newbie eyes, it appears to be like such as you added some new wrinkles with the run-pass choice stuff. Is that one thing that you simply guys went to work on this offseason?” (Jonas Shaffer) “Yes, I think all those things really – to be honest with you – have been in the playbook. We’ve got all those RPO [run-pass option] plays in there. We probably haven’t tapped into them all. The principles are all the same, and the routes kind of tweak a little bit. We have been a big RPO team, but yes, your amateur eye is pretty keen. You saw a lot of it today, and I thought it was pretty well executed, and our defense … Part of it was for our defense, too, because we’re going to see some of that stuff early in the season. And we’re learning; it’s tough stuff to defend. It’s challenging.”

Do you encourage the younger quarterbacks to form of attempt issues out; “Can you fit the ball into here?” How do you handle that line? (Mike Giardi) “It’s a great question. Yes, you kind of want to push the envelope and figure things out, but [if] you throw too many interceptions, the experiment is over pretty quick. (laughter) So, if I was a young quarterback, I’d probably try not to throw interceptions if I was trying to prove myself; at least that’s how I feel, as a coach. And I don’t want to see fumbles. One of the guys had a big catch and ran down the field, then he got the ball punched out. To me, it’s like it negates the whole thing. So, that ball is everything. You guys know the stats on that, right? The ball security is everything. So, if you play like you practice … Lamar [Jackson] is going to test things out more, but the young guys – to your point – I think probably not quite as much.”

We noticed plenty of three-safety appears to be like in 11-on-11 at this time. Is that one thing you’re simply engaged on at this time, or is that defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald looking for the very best guys to have on the sector? (Gerry Sandusky) “I think it’s more scripting and install. All those periods – those six periods – were all install periods, so we’re installing the defenses, and the offense was also scripting some defenses they needed to see, so it was all more structural.”


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ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/DEFENSIVE LINE COACH ANTHONY WEAVER

How completely different is the scaled-back tackling and physicality of coaching camp from if you performed? (Jamison Hensley) “It’s certainly a far cry from when I played, for sure. But, certainly, for the betterment of the players. We’ve certainly applied every bit of science we have, obviously we had what we had last year with all of the injuries, and we’re trying to prevent that. So, we’re all bought in, our players have bought in, we’re having great practices and that’s what’s most important. [I’m] thrilled with the way things are going right now.”

What have you ever seen from NT Michael Pierce to date? (Ryan Mink) “Michael Pierce is a mountain of a man. The thing about him – when he puts his hands on you, you can’t help but feel them. Even when I’m doing individual drills, I feel like I’m fighting a bear. (laughter) So, he’s certainly going to help our team. When you think of him, you think it’s just run defense, but the effect that he has on the middle of the pocket, and making that quarterback throw out of a well, is going to help our edges, too. So, happy he’s here, thrilled to have him. Love him, love him to death.”

Do you see the potential for extra constant manufacturing from the inside move rush? (Childs Walker) “Yes, I do. I do. I’m certainly pleased with the guys we’ve added. It’s definitely an area of focus for us. We know we want to get sacks and all of those things, but we want to lead the league in quarterback harassment. Whether that’s pressures, hits, hurries, we want to make sure we’re doing whatever we can to harass that guy in order to help those guys behind us. It all works hand-in-hand; rush plus coverage. We take a tremendous amount of pride here in stopping the run. We’re going to do that and earn the right to rush the passer. And when we get those opportunities, we’re going to make sure we try to affect them every way we can.”

NT Michael Pierce didn’t play plenty of soccer the final couple of years due to accidents and the Covid yr, after which he wasn’t right here for the offseason. Was there a curiosity in regards to the form of participant you had been getting and the way happy are you with him? (Jeff Zrebiec) “Not at all. I’ve been a fan of Michael Pierce – actually, his linebacker coach at Tulane was with me at Houston. He ends up transferring to Samford, but he told me [Michael Pierce] was a linebacker. He told me, ‘Coach, I told him one summer, if you come back over 250, I’m moving you to D-Line.’ He came back over 250, but he never lost those linebacker feet. Football is in him. It’s something he’s done his entire life. It’s certainly not something you forget, and you see that every time he steps on this football field.”

Have you seen extra improvement in DT Justin Madubuike’s recreation coming into coaching camp? (Cordell Woodland) “Absolutely. Justin Madubuike is a man on a mission. He’s a guy who is constantly asking questions, constantly trying to figure out ways to refine his craft and be better. And it’s not just him, it’s Broderick Washington, Travis Jones since he’s been here. All of these guys are ball guys. Calais (Campbell) is a tremendous influence on them from a leadership standpoint, and I expect you to see the best version of each and every one of those young guys.”

How shortly is DT Travis Jones selecting issues up as he goes by means of his first coaching camp? (Garrett Downing) “Well, first, we’re trying to get Travis Jones some more wins than he had at UCONN. (laughter) Let’s do that first and foremost. But, he’s doing great. He’s doing great. He’s a guy who’s in here very eager to learn, [I] know he’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and just comes in every day trying to get one percent better. And that’s all we ask for. So, we try to go into practice with purpose and intention and try to focus on one thing. Eventually, we’ll stack those things on top of each other and we’ll see where he ends up at the end of camp. But, very pleased with where he’s at.”

You talked about that the regulation of contact is for the betterment of the gamers. As a former participant and now a coach, how does it change preparation for tackling? (Mark Viviano) “It is, not to the extent that it was during the Covid year, and everyone is operating under the same rules. So, I think as long as you emphasize tracking near hit, angles, effort … Tackling is tackling. These guys have been tackling their whole lives. They’re going to get guys on the ground. So, as long as everyone is operating under the same set of rules and stipulations, we should all be about the same. So, I don’t worry about it too much. Hopefully it keeps them from having fingers like this. (gestures to his own hand) So, I don’t worry about these guys at all in terms of that.”

What is standing out to you about DT Travis Jones? (Ryan Mink) “His size. His size. He’s another guy just like Michael Pierce. He’s 330 [pounds], he’s 6’3”, 6’4”, ran a 4.9 [40-yard dash], and also you see each little bit of it on the movie. So, the factor that I feel goes to shock individuals is simply how fast he’s. He’s not only a run-stopper and a pocket-pusher, he has the power to have an effect on the passer too and win on the sting. So, I’m excited in regards to the child. When all of it clicks, it’s going to be enjoyable to look at.”

Are you actually stressing to your guys that we wish to get extra sacks and harass quarterbacks extra to assist the surface linebackers? (Ryan Mink) “Absolutely. It’s something we emphasize. We emphasize all phases of the game. We know we have to stop the run first and foremost, regardless of whether this is a passing league or not. You have to earn the right to rush the passer. It’s a direct reflection of the toughness of your football team. But once we do that, we’re going to try to harass quarterbacks however we can. We can help them schematically by making sure we put them in the proper places to get the right one-on-ones, and then they have to go win. And with the guys on this roster, I expect us to do that.”

How a lot do you reference a yr in the past and your struggles with stopping the move? Is that one thing you level to? (Pete Gilbert) “I don’t, I don’t. We’ve learned from those mistakes. At this point, we’ve made the corrections schematically and from a personnel standpoint that we need to make, and now it’s time to break off the rearview mirror and look forward. Those things happened for us – they didn’t just happen to us – they happened for us. And I’m happy that this team has a chip, and I think you’re going to see it every game come September.”

NT MICHAEL PIERCE

On why it was a simple choice to return again to Baltimore and what made him really feel that method: (*6*)

On his impressions of assistant head coach/defensive position coach Anthony Weaver: “He’s awesome. I had [former Ravens defensive line coach] Joe Cullen … Two different types of coaches. Both great in their own right, but Coach Weaver has been in the game, [he] played for years. [He] played here. He understands the culture; I understand what he wants from me, and it’s a pleasure to work with that guy. He brings a great energy to the game. Great energy to practice, meetings. It’s just, like I said, everything you could really ask for. Being an ex-player and just really understanding the lulls and everything. He keeps everyone focused and energized, and all of that kind of stuff. It all plays a role. So, he sees the game from a different viewpoint, so I think it’s really, really beneficial.”

On what’s completely different about himself from when he first left Baltimore: “I’ve grown a lot. I have a leadership role now, I had a little bit in Minneapolis, but like I said my role has changed, but as a player, I think I’ve been rushing a lot better. I’ve been around the quarterback a lot this camp so far, and I’ve just been working on that part of my game, as well as stopping the run. At that time when I first was here, we had Timmy Jernigan and Lawrence Guy, and they slid Za’Darius [Smith] inside, and obviously Brandon [Williams] in front of me. So, I was just needed to be a run-stopper. The league is changing; I’m the last of a dying breed I like to say. But, I think I’m getting better at the pass rush. I did well last year, and I just have to keep working on that part of my game.”

On if that is the deepest Ravens defensive position group he has been part of: “Yes, definitely. We have a chance. I don’t know if you guys have been seeing how Travis [Jones] has been playing … That’s the one. So, obviously ‘Brody’ [Broderick Washington] is taking another step, ‘AC’ [Aaron Crawford] is playing well, obviously we know what Calais [Campbell] can do. We just have a lot, a lot of talented guys. Obviously, we know who ‘Urb’ [Brent Urban] is. We have a lot of different looks we can give people. So, obviously nothing is set in stone until we play it out, but I think this group definitely has a lot of potential, and we have a lot of different sizes and a lot of different looks that we can throw at people. So, that’s always good on paper. But, September 11, we’ll show it.”

On taking the reins from former Ravens DT Brandon Williams: “It’s kind of crazy. Like I said, ‘Baby’ [Brandon Williams] and I are two different people. He is a very, very outwardly outgoing guy. Like I said, I’m more of an inner-circle kind of outgoing guy. But I’ve learned so much from Brandon, I wouldn’t be here without him, obviously. He’s like a big brother to me. It’s a little different. I don’t sing and all of that stuff, but he brought that energy to practice. We kind of have Calais [Campbell]. He’s kind of outwardly outgoing like that. But, like I said, I have Calais in front of me. It’s a pleasure just to be able to share knowledge with those guys. Like I said, for me I came in here as an undrafted free agent. Brandon, ‘LG’ [Lawrence Guy], Albert McClellan, they all wrapped their arms around me and brought me along. So, that’s kind of what I’m trying to do for ‘Trav’ [Travis Jones] and all of the young guys. So, it’s cool. You never expect that kind of thing to happen when you’re an undrafted rookie. So, like I said, it’s a full circle moment, but I’m enjoying it for sure.”

On his pleasure to play soccer this yr after lacking a big variety of video games over the previous few years: “Yes, this is a complete joy. I only played eight games last year due to injury. Tore my calf, tore my triceps. Before I got hurt, I was playing really, really well. It’s time for me just to have a complete season, healthy and with more well-rounded games. So, I’m looking forward to this like never before. But yes, especially once you sign your second deal and you get closer to 30, they say you’re nearing the end of the road. So, it’s time for me to put these last few together and really, really press the gas pedal.”

On what is exclusive about rookie DT Travis Jones: “OK, so the dude is like 6’5”, he’s about as large as I’m, and he can transfer. Like actually, actually fluidly transfer. I don’t know why he went within the third spherical, however you don’t actually see too many individuals [like that]. I don’t wish to Chris Jones him, however he form of has a few of these comparable strikes. He’s only a particular child. Some of that stuff you simply can’t train. Obviously, you’re employed in your approach and stuff, however uncooked skill and simply want-to, he has it for certain.”

On going towards rookie C Tyler Linderbaum in coaching camp and the way he held up: “He’s feisty. I told some people the other day, just because you’re a smaller guy doesn’t mean you can’t play, or you can’t hold up against people. This game is leverage, this game is really just want-to. Like I said, I’m 6’0”, plenty of guys I am going towards are like 6’2”, 6’3”, 6’4” in there. They might need longer arms than me, however I discover a method to make my wins, and make my affect on the sport. So, I feel he’s doing rather well to be sincere with you. Anytime you could have a full-fledged plethora of calls, you’re on the market with those, it’s your first day, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera … That’s loads. I didn’t must undergo that; I used to be within the again, firstly. (laughter) He’s doing rather well, and like I stated, he’s feisty. They’ve had a plethora of facilities who’ve been on the smaller aspect who’ve gone to the Hall of Fame. Jeff Saturday, the Kelce man [Jason Kelce] in Philly. So, he’s doing rather well, for certain.”

On how he turned a greater move rusher: “For me, it had to start with the mentality. When I was called on to literally stop the run, stay in the A-Gap. When people started leaving, I started getting a little more freedom. It really was just time and repetition, for me. Like I said, people like Travis [Jones], sometimes they just have it. For me, I had to develop, develop, develop, develop and keep working. So, like I said, it’s been a long time coming. I showed a little bit, but I only had eight games, so I still have a lot more to prove, I believe, and that’s what I’m working on.”

On if he has a chip on his shoulder from the time he has missed in latest seasons: “Yes. Like I said, you don’t take any of these snaps for granted. I obviously learned that. I was scared of Covid, I got triple vaccinated and all of that stuff, and then I came back playing really, really well and I just got hurt. So, those things happen. But like I said, for me, I want to prove – especially turning 30 this year and however long God gives me in this league – that I’m a really, really good nose guard. I want to be one of the top ones whenever I do decide to go out. So, I definitely have a chip on my shoulder, but like I said, I came from the back of the line. It’s going to be on my shoulder for the rest of my career.”

On if he had extra move speeding duties in Minnesota resulting from their 2-Gap scheme: “Yes, but it’s just a different scheme. So, 3-4 defense, you have the 2-Gap and stuff, but in those 4-3 schemes, they just really, really want upfront vertical push. It’s just a different scheme, so you play next to Danielle Hunter and those guys are screaming up the field, if you’re playing lateral like we do here and just walling stuff off, that doesn’t work. It’s just a difference in scheme. They did give me some freedom, and [the Ravens] have actually been giving me the same freedom, so like I said, for me, it’s just about nailing them down. When it comes to September 11, it’s time to come home.”

DL BRENT URBAN

On if he ever thought he’d have an opportunity to reunite together with his faculty teammate T Morgan Moses: “I didn’t, man. Yes, once I saw Morgan [Moses] sign here, and to come back, it’s just so many familiar faces. It’s just been awesome and a lot of fun to be with him and also guys like [Michael] Pierce. All the coaching staff is pretty similar. So, it’s just great to be reunited. It’s been a lot of fun.”

On how a lot batting balls down on the line of scrimmage is a spotlight of his: “Absolutely, yes, it’s a huge part of my game. I’m a versatile run stopper, who’s able to kind of get in there, push the pocket, get my hands up. So, that’s a real focal point of my game. And even if I can’t bat the ball down, [I] try to figure out where the quarterback is looking or where he’s trying to throw, and at least block his path of sight. So, yes, it’s massive.”

On if assistant head coach/defensive position coach Anthony Weaver can be emphasizing batting balls down on the line of scrimmage: “Absolutely, yes. Anytime you get tall D-linemen, the coaches are super excited to kind of get in their face and knock balls down, tip balls. It creates interceptions and that type of thing, so yes, it’s always a focal point. Coach ‘Weav’ [assistant head coach/defensive line coach Anthony Weaver] has done a great job of kind of stressing that, especially to a younger guy like Travis Jones, who has a huge wingspan and [is] a really tall guy. So, yes, it’s been a big part of my career, and I’m sure it will be a big part of his.”

On if he’s gone again and proven the younger gamers his pick-6 towards Cleveland: “Yes, I had to bring up some old tape to let them know. (laughter) That thing always comes up on Twitter every now and then to kind of let the younger fans know. So, it’s a nice remembrance of a great play and great part of my career.”

On his perspective of the Ravens group now that he’s performed elsewhere within the NFL: “It’s a great spot, man. This free agency, once the Ravens kind of were in contact with me, it was a place I wanted to go. I have so many fond memories, and kind of the way they stuck with me early in my career when I was going through a lot of injuries and that kind of thing … It was a place where I worked myself out of that, and the staff and the coaches were a big part of kind of helping me get out of that endless cycle where I kept getting hurt. So, it’s a tremendous organization, we have massive resources, and it’s a place … It’s one of my favorite places to play, obviously.”

On if he skilled issues right here which might be completely different elsewhere: “I think the fanbase is really great here in the city of Baltimore; it’s really tight-knit, and the fans are just super excited, even compared to bigger cities that I’ve gone to. It seems like a place that’s really loyal to its players that have played before. We have guys like Tony Jefferson II come back, Josh Bynes and things like that, so that’s not something you see in too many other places. There’s a kind of loyalty once you’re in the program. ‘Once a Raven, Always a Raven,’ like a lot of people say. But I think that kind of hits home.”

On what it’s been prefer to see what QB Lamar Jackson has grow to be since when he final performed with him throughout Jackson’s rookie season in 2018: “It’s awesome; it’s so exciting. Even when I was with other teams, I would always watch the Ravens to kind of see Lamar [Jackson’s] progression. It’s super exciting. It was just that young, exciting team; I’d always try to catch them on TV. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a blessing to be back here and being on the practice field and just seeing that amount of talent and what the offense has going now. It’s incredible.”

On his reference to NT Michael Pierce: “[During] my time here, I’ve been with Mike [Michael Pierce] for three years here early in my career. I think just something about our personalities resonate. We’re kind of laid-back guys, but at the same time, we play a physical brand of football. That’s just my guy. He’s always been one of my good friends. And as soon as I signed here, I texted Mike all excitedly and stuff, just to get reunited. [With] the physical brand of football we play, our similar personalities, [he’s] been a guy I’ve always loved playing with.”

On what he sees because the potential for this defensive position unit: “I think, honestly, this is probably the most talented D-line I’ve been a part of – interior – top to bottom. There’s really no drop off. We have young guys like Travis [Jones], obviously; even [Isaiah] Mack. There are so many good young players, where it also has a good balance of leadership, as well. It’s the perfect kind of balance. There’s really no drop off. It’s a really talented group and one that kind of has all different shapes and sizes. We can kind of attack you however you want to play offense. So, it’s super exciting. The sky is the limit, to be honest. [I’m] super excited.”

On how coaching camp is completely different this yr with the Ravens than in his earlier stint: “It was pretty interesting to see us go through with [football performance coach] Sam [Rosengarten] – our performance director – the amount of research and things of that nature that went into our schedule now. Things are so thought out to a science, where it’s just little things you never even thought of, like when are snacks are scheduled, and just such attention to detail. They really have a good thing going on here, and it’s just kind of amplified as years went on.”

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