Bisciotti: Steelers Have ‘That Confidence’

Owner Steve Bisciotti said the Ravens are close to reaching the Steelers’ “gold standard.”

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

What’s it going to take for the Ravens to get past the Steelers?

Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti believes it has to do with confidence.

“They have that confidence,” Bisciotti said. “They have those two Super Bowl trophies in the last five years, so they have the confidence. Does confidence beget success? Yeah, it does in a lot of situations. They’re there, we’re not. We’ve got to get there. When we get there, we’re going to be more confident.

“They make the extra play. That’s what championship teams do. We’re not there yet. They are.”

The Ravens have beaten the Steelers twice in eight chances during the Head Coach John Harbaugh era. Baltimore has been knocked out of the playoffs by their AFC North rivals twice during that time.

On Monday, Harbaugh said he thinks the Ravens have outplayed the Steelers “most of the time we’ve played them.”

This season, the rivalry came down to several critical plays – as it most often does. In the regular season, there was the touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, then the Troy Polamalu unblocked blitz and fumble. In their divisional meeting, three third quarter turnovers doomed the Ravens after they took a 14-point lead into halftime.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome was asked how close the Ravens are to being Super Bowl champions.

“I’d say three turnovers in the third quarter in Pittsburgh,” Newsome said. “If it wasn’t for them, we’d be playing this weekend with the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl.”

Instead, the Steelers are in search of their seventh Super Bowl title in team history. Their six championships already lead the NFL.

“[They are] the gold standard,” Bisciotti said. “We’re trying. We’re trying to be there, and we’re close. They don’t take us lightly. So, we’ve got their attention.”

Bisciotti still indicated his overall pleasure about the season. He said the goal at the end of last year was to be one of the “elite teams.”

Well, in college basketball terminology (a sport Bisciotti is very passionate about), the Ravens reached the elite eight for the third straight season.

“That is the cream of the NFL – that gets to the final eight – and only one of those eight teams are going to go on a three-game winning streak at that point,” Bisciotti said, noting the low statistical probability of being that team.

“I want to be in that eight every year. Is it realistic? No. It really isn’t. It’s not realistic, but we’re going to keep on trying, because that’s our goal as a partnership here, is to try and give us a chance every year.”

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