OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (12-4) returned to 1 Winning Drive Monday, less 24 hours removed from a 13-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals (4-12) at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens began preparations for their AFC Wild Card playoff matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Head Coach John Harbaugh addressed the Ravens’ inconsistent offensive performance in Sunday’s game, saying he wasn’t surprised by the concerned nature of offensive players (including WR Derrick Mason) following the game.
“I’m glad they feel that way” said Harbaugh. “That’s what I expect them to feel. When you watch that game, there’s a lot of little things. You can’t really boil it down to anything other than execution. There’s some things that you want to do better. There’s some things that you want to call better. There’s blocking schemes that can be executed better. There’s throws that can be seen better, there’s routes that can be run better.”
The Ravens mustered only 199 yards of total offense in the victory, finishing the season 22nd in the NFL with 322.9 yards per game.
“I really think we’re really close” said Harbaugh. “I watch our offense every single day in practice. I know how good we can be and how close we are to being really good. I think we’ve got really talented players and really talented coaches who are working really hard to be really good.”
Most disturbing for Coordinator Cam Cameron’s offense is the fact that the unit failed to reach 300 yards in four of their final five regular season games. (They tallied 356 in a Week 15 win over the New Orleans Saints.)
“We can be a much more potent offense” said Harbaugh. “I see it in practice. Friday’s practice was as good a practice as you’re ever going to see. That’s there. I want it to translate to Sunday, and that’s what we’re working on as coaches to do.”
Harbaugh said there wasn’t one particular part of the offense that he could identify as a reason for the recent struggles. He instead the entire unit needs to continue making progress.
“You keep chopping wood, you keep coaching, you keep practicing hard and we’ll break out and play good offense. That’s a certainty.”
NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……LB Jarret Johnson joined Drew Forrester Monday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is also available in the Audio Vault……Jim Nantz & Phil Simms will call Sunday’s game for CBS……The Ravens will be off Tuesday (mandatory NFL off day) before returning to practice Wednesday. Harbaugh, QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice and LB Ray Lewis are amongst the players expected to meet with the media Wednesday