The Sports Xchange

NFL Team Report - Baltimore Ravens - INSIDE SLANT

There were no fights during a joint practice between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday during a joint practice session. The closest thing to an actual skirmish was a brief shoving match between Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee and 49ers fullback Will Tukuafu.

"The amazing thing is these teams that get together, they normally do so the two or three days before the game, and then you play the game and get on the plane and go home," said Jack Harbaugh, the father of Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. "The way they chose to do it was unique in my opinion. You do the game first, and then you have the things that happen in the ballgame, and something might have been said, and then you see how they practice.

"They practiced hard. They really had great intent and great practice. To do it so respectfully, I think it speaks highly for the players and the team and how they feel about each other. It was good just to see the way they played and the confidence they had, both teams. I think it's going to be a good year."

Added 49ers defensive lineman Quinton Dial: "It's too hot out here to fight. It's a little warm out here. We're just working to get better. We're going to take care of each other and get good quality work."

Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith said it was a productive practice session.

"We came in and got some good work, both teams," Smith said. "We practiced against a different look and saw different plays. Their entire organization is like ours: classy. We just came out here and focused on getting better and focused on football."

Both Harbaugh brothers were critical of media for focusing on potential violence between the teams.

"What's interesting to me, and what's a real indictment on you as the media, is the fact that (Ravens cornerback) Jimmy Smith was asked about it, and he said when he sees these things on TV, all he ever sees is fights," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "What does that tell you? How about a little self-check? We're probably going to have 99 percent all great, positive things.

"But if there is a little shoving match out here, I'm quite sure that that's what will be on these cameras, and it'll be countrywide, and that'll be everybody's take on how it went, right? Because that's how it is all the time. We're going to look for the positive. You all can look for the negative, as usual."

Added 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh: "I know that there will be many cameras assembled, gathered. And I'm sure that's what everybody's going to be looking for, that moment where you can capture the negative. We don't anticipate that."

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NFL Team Report - Baltimore Ravens - NOTES, QUOTES

--Although not all of the nuances were on display, an overhauled Baltimore Ravens offense got positive reviews. Based on the limited sample of 10 plays during the opening drive against the San Francisco 49ers, quarterback Joe Flacco is upbeat about the potential of the offense.

Flacco orchestrated an 80-yard drive lasting nearly five minutes that was capped by running back Bernard Pierce's pounding two-yard touchdown run behind blocks from right guard Marshal Yanda and right tackle Rick Wagner.

"We ran the ball really well and protected really well," Flacco said Saturday prior to a joint practice with the 49ers at the Ravens' training complex. "There is a lot to build on. I think we built a good foundation there. I think each week from here on out, we have to keep showing that improvement and building off what we did."

During that drive, Flacco completed 4 of 5 passes for 52 yards to finish with a 110.0 passer rating.

Last year, the Ravens couldn't run the football consistently and ranked 30th in rushing offense. They couldn't protect Flacco on a regular basis as he was sacked a career-high 48 times. And Flacco threw a career-high and franchise-record 22 interceptions.