Lots of positives for Ravens, but questions arise regarding Harbaugh’s late game decisions

September 26, 2011 | Peter Dilutis

Okay, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Anyone who watched the Ravens demolish a helpless St. Louis Rams team 37-7 on Sunday has to be excited about what they saw.

Joe Flacco and his offense prospered to the tune of 30 points (seven of the Ravens’ 37 points were scored on defense courtesy of Haloti Ngata), but more importantly, Cam Cameron dialed up way more downfield shots than we have seen here in Baltimore in quite some time. Torrey Smith looked like he was back in College Park, running sprints straight down the field to the tune of three touchdowns on his first three NFL catches.

Flacco finished with 389 yards and 3 TD’s, and he made it clear after the game that he wants this Ravens offense to go with the attacking style that they displayed against the Rams. Flacco, along with many Ravens fans, feels that the great teams in the NFL constantly attack on the offensive side of the ball, and he wants his offense to be more aggressive down the field. We’ll see if Sunday’s strategy continues as the Ravens head into the fourth game of the season, but there is really not much to complain about regarding the Ravens offense at this point in the season.

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What I will complain about is John Harbaugh’s decision making in the fourth quarter.

Up 30-7, Joe Flacco was not only in the game for a drive that started with 8:16 left in the game, but he constantly dropped back to pass and was sacked two consecutive times during that possession.

And then up 37-7, Flacco threw a 40 yard bomb to Tandon Doss AFTER the two minute warning.

Think about this. The Ravens were up 30 points. There were less than 2 minutes left in the football game. The Rams were done. Over. They couldn’t wait to get off the field and go home.

And Flacco is not only in the game behind a backup offensive line, but he’s throwing the ball? Are you freaking kidding me?

Harbaugh is a good football coach, but at times he appears to lose all sense of logic and reality. I’m not a head football coach in the NFL. I never will be and never could be. John Harbaugh has forgotten more about football than I will ever sniff knowing. Seriously, I get all that.

But I beg anyone to tell me how John Harbaugh didn’t totally lose his mind in the fourth quarter of this game.

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