Harbaugh explains decision to pass on 3rd & 2, late in Steelers game.

Do you remember that play against the Steelers that had you screaming at your television and questioning Cam Cameron’s employment status?

The common answer from fans has been, “which one?” but Ravens coach John Harbaugh addressed the decision that had most fans up in arms. His decision resulted in the Steelers getting the ball back on their 16-yard line with an opportunity to score with 1:05 left in the fourth-quarter.

In what appeared to be an ideal rushing situation to keep the clock running after the two-minute warning, Joe Flacco took a snap out of the shotgun formation and ended up being sacked by Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

Even though the Steelers got the ball back, they failed to score and the Ravens ended up winning 13-10. Aside from the win and an AFC North best 8-2 record, the majority of the fan base was still upset with the coaching staff’s decision during a critical part of the game.

The aforementioned decision was addressed on Monday.

“We had talked about [running], and at one point in the time that was the plan. That was exactly what we were going to do,” Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. “They put a defense out there that made our guys think that we really weren’t going to have a chance, any chance, to get the first down if we ran the ball there. So, the decision was made to put it in Joe’s [Flacco] hands and basically say, ‘if he is wide open, throw it to him. If he’s not wide open, take the sack.’”

By electing to give Flacco the option to pass, the Ravens essentially conceded their rushing attack was no match for the NFL’s top-ranked defense during a pivotal part of the game.

While many armchair offensive coordinators were calling for a run play, Harbaugh and his coaching staff didn’t believe it would be successful.

“A dive play wouldn’t have worked against the defense they ran. They were brining everybody inside. They’re pretty good, and they stopped the lead play. The dive play – in all likelihood- would have gotten stopped there too. Someone running outside would have had a chance but they were bringing safeties off the edges, too”

Thankfully for the Ravens, the Steelers had previously mismanaged the play clock, which forced them to use two of their three timeouts early. In an effort to reduce as much time possible on the clock, Harbaugh made the decision he saw best fit.

“There is nothing wrong with running the ball right there, taking your chance, try to block those guys. If you get the first down, you get the first down,” Harbaugh said. “The more important thing was – because they had no timeouts – was to use the 40 seconds. That was the main issue.”

Regardless if you thought Harbaugh’s decision was the correct one or not, it worked. Historically under Cameron, many of his play calls leave fans scratching their heads and searching for answers. In this case, Harbaugh’s explanation makes sense, especially against a defense where Ray Rice only managed 2.0 yards per carry and the running game couldn’t find its rhythm all evening.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

evden eve nakliyat şirketleri ofis taşımacılığı evden eve nakliye istanbul evden eve nakliyat Şehirlerarası Evden Eve Nakliyat İstanbul Nakliyat Firmaları

Hot off the street

Training Camp Preview: Linebackers

Not much happened at linebacker for the Ravens this offseason. Other than drafting Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first round, both the inside and outside linebackers group remained intact, ...read more

7 Worst National Anthem Renditions of All-Time

The selection of Joey Odoms as the Ravens' new singer of the National Anthem was just made today. That got us thinking about other renditions of the Star Spangled Banner... Some of them haven't ...read more

Ravens Select a New Singer For National Anthem

The Baltimore Ravens announced Monday that Joey Odoms has been named the winner of their national anthem competition and is scheduled to sing at each home game during the 2014 season. One of approx...read more

RAVENS LINKS: Ravens 7th in PFT Preseason Rankings

Ravens land at No. 7 in preseason power rankings Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and NBC Sports puts the Ravens at No. 7 in his preseason power rankings. Do you think that is too high or too low...read more

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, Tackle

We’ve now focused in on 40 of the 53 spots on our All-Time Ravens Team. If the votes hold up our team so far shakes out as follows: OFFENSE Quarterback (2): Joe Flacco, Vinny Testaverde VOTE ...read more

View More