Actually, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was very upbeat after the Ravens completed their undefeated preseason with a 20-3 victory over the Altanta Falcons. His team came out of the game healthy and most of the bubble guys played well enough to make the upcoming final roster cut a real challenge for the coaching staff and front office.
"We made a commitment when we started training camp,'' Harbaugh said. "We wanted to be the best Ravens we could be, and I think we are the best Ravens team we can be."
The Ravens have to be down to 53 players on Saturday, and there still are several roster spots still in doubt. In some cases, it may have come down to the final minutes of the game. Evan Oglesby, for instance, capped a solid all-around performance with a impressive interception in the fourth quarter.
"It's going to be really hard to get down to 53 players,'' Harbaugh said. "We've got more than 53 good players on this team."
It does not appear, however, that it will be a struggle to settle the kicking situation. Steve Hauschka nailed a 46-yard field goal near the end of the game and appears to have locked up the job, even if Harbaugh wasn't ready to make that announcement after the game.
"We'll talk about that over the next day or two,'' Harbaugh said, "but coming out there at the end and making that kick, that was good...and he also made a kick on a bad snap."