Jon Gruden: "We gotta rise up and do better"
Head Coach Jon Gruden addresses the media following Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
(opening statement) “I’d like to congratulate the Ravens. They’re a good football team. Very good defensively. Credit the young quarterback, and credit their coaching staff for making some great adjustments and modifying their offense to suit this kid. Very disappointed, obviously, with the loss.”
(on how QB Derek Carr was when he came off the field) “He’s OK. Took some shots, obviously. We fell behind two scores. We have to pass protect better when we have to pass protect. Everybody knows we have to pass protect. The problem all year was the problem today. When you get in a predictable pass situation, we have to rise up and do better. Credit to [Ravens’ OLB Matt] Judon. Judon’s going to be a heck of a player. Doggone Judon.”
(on if QB Derek Carr was pulled off the field from upstairs) “Yes, he was.”
(on how the Ravens controlled the game in the second half) “They didn’t make it really complicated. They have a great, I think, future Hall of Fame guard in [Marshal] Yanda. They probably called on their captain, and said, ‘Hey, we’re going after these guys.’ And, that’s what they did. When you can establish the inside run, the perimeter offense, all the bells and whistles with [Ravens’ QB Lamar] Jackson, they’re very hard to defend. You’ve got to stop the inside run, or you have no chance to stop everything else. They took over the game. Credit to them.”
(on if QB Derek Carr’s 20 completions were on him) “We had two big offensive pass interference penalties in the first half. One of them backed up on Seth Roberts, one of them going in on Jared Cook. I thought those were big impact calls in this game. The Ravens played a lot of tight coverage, and we had some opportunities to make plays, but we didn’t make them. I know Marcell [Ateman] dropped one early. We challenged the play later. We just didn’t make the plays against a very good defensive team that needed to be made today. It goes back to me.”
(on Ravens’ WR Michael Crabtree’s touchdown) “I don’t understand it. I’ll have to look at it. Nick Nelson was obviously in the game, and we’ll have to take a look at it, but credit Crabtree.”
(on the Raiders’ secondary) “That was good. Anytime you get turnovers in the territory where we got them, it was good. I was pleased with a lot of things – the way we started the game on offense, the way we came out in the second half and scored a touchdown against a great defense. We just haven’t been able to put four quarters together, and it goes back to me, honestly.”
(on what he made of the punting today) “That’s disappointing. You give up a 75-yard punt return, 75-yard pass to a tight end, you can’t get off the field, stop the inside running game, and you can’t protect when you have to. Those are the storylines to me. Those are things that I have to figure out, and until we do, we’re going to have a lot of long faces.”
(on if he thought about not playing QB Derek Carr the last series) “I was thinking about putting AJ [McCarron] in, but Derek was fine. He wants to finish with his teammates. There’s a certain responsibility I think you have as a coach to let your quarterback, your captain of your team, finish the deal with the rest of his teammates, no matter how it gets.”