OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The tone of what has become a critical bye week for the Baltimore Ravens was set Monday in a marathon team meeting.
For two hours and 20 minutes, the coaches and players watched film from Sunday's 24-16 loss to the New York Jets, poring over each of the 123 plays and countless mistakes.
If the Ravens (3-4) want to end their four-game losing streak, they must learn from the errors of their past. These are lessons that were delivered with blunt force.
"I told one of the guys in the meeting today, 'I love you, but I despise you right now on that play,'" Harbaugh said. "The guys get it; they are OK. It is all about just pushing them and coaching them and trying to teach better football."
The Ravens (3-4) are only one game behind the first-place Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3), but their season has been in a free fall in October. Only the winless Cleveland Browns and the one-win San Francisco 49ers have longer current losing streaks than the Ravens. This has brought a renewed sense of urgency in Baltimore.
Harbaugh sat down with slow-developing wide receiver Breshad Perriman on Monday, expressing his impatience and his desire to speed up the learning curve. He told the players that they're going to have a drill compliments of defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan -- who coughed up a fumble after carrying the ball in the end zone and then out of it -- "just to make it miserable for everybody."
The Ravens will practice practice through Wednesday, which is the maximum allowed by NFL rules.
"The next two days we have some ideas we've been working on," Harbaugh said. "This will be an opportunity to try some things. We're not going to have some big, monstrous change in what we're doing. We believe in the things we're doing. We just want to do them better, game-plan them better, scheme them better, block them better and all of those sorts of things."
The list of improvements include:
Baltimore's offense ranks 25th in the league in scoring (19.0)
The Ravens have committed the fifth-most penalties in the NFL (56)
Baltimore has turned the ball over the ninth-most times (11)
The Ravens have allowed the 10th-most completions over 20 yards (11)
"We'll have a long, hard look at ourselves this week," tight end Dennis Pitta said. "We'll be able to assess a lot of things."
If the Ravens can get their season on track -- their next two games are against the Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers and the last-place Browns -- they can point to the bye and the 140-minute meeting that started it all.
"[It was] just an opportunity to be very honest with one another, which we always are, and work on the things we need to do to get better," Harbaugh said. "That's what's we have. We have a bunch of accountable guys. We just need to find a way to become the football team that we are capable of becoming."