Here is what's happening on the Baltimore Ravens beat in your Wednesday edition of the Wake-up caw ...
Wide receiver Torrey Smith took exception to former linebacker Ray Lewis' assertion that the Ravens lack leadership. Lewis made his comments after a report surfaced about wide receiver Jacoby Jones getting hit over the head by a stripper wielding a champagne bottle. “We have great leadership, so to say because of one incident, that it’s a leadership issue, to me, is a joke because everyone is not going to always be around and incidents happen,” Smith told The Baltimore Sun. “Stuff happens in the locker room, stuff happens in the spur of the moment. Now, if it happens every week, all the time, then that’s a problem. For one incident to happen and say it’s a leadership issue when most of the team wasn’t there, it’s an overreaction." Here's my take on Lewis' comments.
Quarterback Joe Flacco is earning every penny of his new contract, according to John Eisenberg of the team's official website. "With his running game stonewalled and a majority of his favorite playmakers sidelined Sunday, Flacco could have been excused for thinking he had to force things and basically beat the Houston Texans by himself," Eisenberg wrote. "But he was smarter than that."
Coach John Harbaugh is driving the leadership bus for the Ravens, Clifton Brown of Comcast SportsNet reports. "Harbaugh took the direct approach at his press conference, when asked about the party bus incident involving Jacoby Jones and Bryant McKinnie," Brown wrote. "Harbaugh could have given it the “no comment.” But he didn’t dodge questions. He admitted he was disappointed. Saying he was not impressed with Jones and McKinnie was part of their punishment, calling them out publicly for their poor judgment."
For those who keep track of the practice squad, rookie safety Brynden Trawick was added after he cleared waivers, according to The Baltimore Sun. He was tied for team lead with three special teams tackles, but he is mostly remembered for being the player who ran into Jones and injured the Pro Bowl returner.