Vic Fangio of the Broncos calls Raven’s late onslaught “bull”; John Harbaugh solutions
Vic Fangio didn’t care about the Ravens milestone they were hunting. That late rush was still bush league for him.
The Ravens led Sunday’s game against the Broncos 23-7, with the ball back three seconds before the game. Instead of taking the knee to end the game, Lamar Jackson stormed 5 yards ahead to give the Ravens 102 yards that day and extended Baltimore’s streak to break the NFL record with 43 straight games with over 100 yards in to tie a game.
According to Denver’s Troy Renck7, Fangio gave his thoughts on the rush on Monday.
“I thought they were kind of cops, but I expected them to,” said Fangio. “37 years in professional ball, I’ve never seen anything like it, but it was to be expected. We expected it.”
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Fangio said he saw it coming because he knew how they were going.
“That’s just the way they work there,” said Fangio. “Player safety is of secondary importance.”
And Fangio didn’t wait until after the game to show his frustration with the call. He was seen on the sidelines getting visibly frustrated and screaming expletives as soon as Jackson ran ahead when the clock ran out.
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Ravens trainer John Harbaugh had his own answer, saying that he thought he and Fangio would get along well, but that he “would not think about this insult for a moment”.
He said the Ravens didn’t expect to get the ball back, but if they did they would try to get the yards.
“If I throw the ball into the end zone 10 seconds behind, I don’t know if there will be a 16-point touchdown that will be possible right there, so it had nothing to do with winning the game,” said Harbaugh. “As I said, what matters to us may not matter to them and we won’t care.”
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The decision to run the ball was a bit of a surprise. After the Ravens intercepted Broncos quarterback Drew Lock in the end zone with three seconds remaining, all they had to do was bend their knees and it was game over. Especially since Jackson was already questionably coming into the game to start with back pain, the decision to rush the franchise quarterback to collect 3 yards at the end of a game seemed like an unnecessary risk.
But Harbaugh defended the post-game decision, saying it was his decision to hit the yards.
“My call is one hundred percent,” said Harbaugh. “That’s one of the things that is meaningful. As a head coach, you have to look out for your players and your coaches and what it means to them.”
John Harbaugh on running for the record instead of kneeling:
“100 percent my call. It’s one of those things that is meaningful. As a head coach, you have to take care of your players and your coaches and what it means for them. “
– Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) October 3, 2021
Even Jackson was surprised by the decision to run for it.
“My coach, James Urban, told me that the manager wanted to play a game to get ten feet really fast to keep the record going and we did,” Jackson said, according to Sports Illustrated. “I don’t know what he was thinking. I thought we were going to kneel down and he said no, we’ll do it. The game was postponed. ‘Double-A’ (cornerback Anthony Averett) got that choice” in the back end zone “Congratulations to him, but I don’t know what the coach was thinking.”
The Ravens will now take their share of the record of consecutive games of at least 100 yards in Sunday’s Colts encounter. The Colts have allowed 456 yards in four games, including 180 yards to the Titans in Week 3.