John Harbaugh has Ravens practicing illegal formations

Ravens coach John Harbaugh won't allow his defense to be caught off guard again by unique formations. 

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Ravens head coach John Harbaugh wants his players prepared for every kind of formation imaginable, regardless of whether they are still legal or not.

Harbaugh worked in some formation awareness as Thursday’s final minicamp practice came to a close. Judging from his response after the session, Terrell Suggs is certainly on top of things. 

Via USA Today:

“We are working on formations – legal formations, illegal formations, unexpected formations,” admitted Harbaugh with a sly grin. “The first time we ran it, you heard (linebacker Terrell) Suggs out there saying, ‘That’s not legal, that’s not legal.’ We will not assume that the referees are going to understand or always get it right when a formation goes out on the field, so we’re working on everything.”

The NFL altered its rules for illegal formations this offseason after the Patriots pulled a few rabbits out of their hat in their playoff victory over the Ravens. Beginning next season, all ineligible players must line up inside the tackle box. 

h/t: USA Today