Blame Har­baugh, not penal­ties

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - J. Michael Collins, Reis­ter­stown

Where does The Sun find sports­writers who think penal­ties cost the Ravens three games (“Ravens’ penalty prob­lems only get­ting worse,” Oct. 18)?

The three games were lost by poor coach­ing. The of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and John Har­baugh de­cided to go for two points in­stead of kick­ing a point af­ter touch­down, which would have put the first game into over­time. The next two games, with fourth and short, they tried for a first down or a touch­down and failed. If field goals had been kicked in­stead, the Ravens could have kicked a field goal in­stead of hav­ing to go for a touch­down late in those games. It seems Coach Har­baugh has lost faith in Justin Tucker or for­got to put points on the board.

Ei­ther way, it wasn’t the penal­ties, it was poor coach­ing.

Penal­ties ab­so­lutely hurt, but this is not what caused the Ravens to lose the three games, and if Mr. Har­baugh con­tin­ues to put up with stupid penal­ties, that is on him. He needs to check him­self at the tun­nel.

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