Ravens’ glaring problem: Giving up the big play
During a 33-31 loss to Minnesota on Sunday, the
It was the continuation of a disturbing trend by a defense known as one of the fiercest in the NFL.
Baltimore (3-3) has yielded 12 plays of at least 30 yards and 13 more between 20 and 29 yards.
The pass defense is even worse. After Baltimore rallied from a 17-point deficit to take a 31-30 lead,
“We just cannot continue to give up big plays,” coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “Big plays are the problem. If we continue to give up big plays, we’re going to continue to struggle.”
Harbaugh was so frustrated with his pass defense Sunday that he pulled cornerback
If Steve Hauschka was successful on a 44-yard field goal in the final seconds, Baltimore would be 4-2 and tied for first in the
“Whether we make the field goal at the end or don’t make the field goal at the end, we’re still the same team we would have been. The record would be better, and Hauschka would feel a little better about his ability to make that kick in a clutch situation,” Harbaugh said.
“But we’re still the same team. We’ve still got the same issues, and there’s plenty of them,” Harbaugh said. “I’m confident all those things are very solvable.”
Regarding the play of the secondary, Harbaugh said, “Part of it’s playing technique against certain routes a little better, part of it is understanding where your help is going to be. The bottom line is that they’re correctable things, both scheme-wise and technique-wise. We’ve got to fix them.”
Hauschka’s miss caused some
“We knew from Day 1 that our young kicker was going to miss a kick. And we also were pretty sure it was going to come in a hugely critical moment,” Harbaugh said. “There was no guarantee that any kicker is going to make any kick in any situation. … We believe we’ve got our kicker. We’ve seen enough of him to believe that.”
If there’s cause for optimism, it’s that the
“I don’t know if (the years) compare to each other or not,” quarterback