Hardy Nickerson: "We have to finish that fourth quarter"

LB Hardy Nickerson Postgame Interview vs Ravens

(on head coach Marvin Lewis calling the defensive plays) “It’s one of those things where I think he’s going to be more comfortable next week. But, to not do this since 2002, and to come out and call plays, I thought he did a hell of a job.”

(on interacting with Marvin Lewis as the defensive coordinator) “He’s always leaned toward the defense in making our adjustments, but, today, it was a step up in terms of him being in my ear, literally, alerting me to stuff pre-snap, giving me the play calls and all that stuff.”

(on preparing for multiple Ravens quarterbacks) “We had as good a week of practice as we’ve had all year. Guys were on it. We were kind of up in the air until yesterday on whether [Joe] Flacco was going to play. We had a plan based on that and one with changing coverages. Before the game, we knew it was going to be Lamar [Jackson]. They had a lot of running with him being a feature back.”

(on facing a different Ravens offense) “The last time we played them, the run game was heavy, big fullbacks, lead, all of that. This game was more like a college offense with speed options, RPOs, things like that.”

(on making third-quarter plays to turn the momentum) “It felt like we were in the right place. We felt like we gave the offense a chance. But, defensively, we have to finish that fourth quarter, that 80-yard drive. We have to get off the field. Just looking back at it, you’re disappointed.”

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