A day after a gusty name backfired, Ravens coach John Harbaugh stated he stands by his determination to go for a landing on fourth-and-goal as a substitute of asking Justin Tucker to kick a go-ahead discipline objective within the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
“I feel the same way as I felt during the game and after the game,” he stated Monday.
Harbaugh reiterated the reason he gave within the minutes after the loss, saying there’s “nothing less safe” than a three-point lead towards an offense nearly as good as Buffalo’s. He stated if the Ravens had scored to go up 27-20, “I think we have a better chance of defending that.”
Instead, quarterback Lamar Jackson threw an interception, and the Bills began from their 20-yard line as a substitute of from the 2-yard line, the place they might have been if Jackson merely threw an incompletion.
Harbaugh took widespread criticism from followers and analysts within the wake of the loss however stated he had no regrets about steering away from the “safe decision” of kicking a discipline objective.
As he reviewed the tip of the sport, he additionally famous that outdoors linebacker Odafe Oweh made the right play when he went for a strip on Bills operating again Devin Singletary within the last two minutes. The Ravens needed to let Singletary rating, even assist him into the tip zone, so they may get the ball again. But Harbaugh stated Singletary was happening on his personal, so Oweh was proper to attempt for the turnover. The Bills finally ran the clock down earlier than kicking a game-winning discipline objective as time expired.
As for cornerback Marcus Peters’ outburst on the sideline, which ended with him screaming and throwing his helmet to the bottom, Harbaugh stated he’s not involved about lingering pressure.
“Marcus is an emotional guy; I’m an emotional guy,” he stated. “I don’t anticipate any issues at all.”