The 13-catch, 208-yard performance by wide receiver Anquan Boldin has caused many reporters and fans to second-guess the Baltimore Ravens' decision to trade him to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick.
"I haven't heard any of it, probably by design," coach John Harbaugh said before cracking a smile. "My wife did mention it to me -- a couple of times."
As I wrote earlier, the struggles of the Ravens' passing attack in the season opener were underscored by Boldin's dominating performance. While this looks like a bad decision by the Ravens, Harbaugh said there are no hard feelings with Boldin.
"He's a great player. There's nobody here that didn't want Anquan back," Harbaugh said Monday. "He plays for another team now. I have a rooting interest in that team, I guess. So I happened to watch the game. I've got a rooting interest in Anquan, too. We all do."
In March, the Ravens asked Boldin to take a $2 million pay cut even though he played an integral part in the team's Super Bowl win a month earlier. When Boldin refused, Baltimore traded him to the 49ers to create $6 million in salary-cap room, which was used to sign three starters on defense (linebacker Elvis Dumervil, safety Michael Huff and defensive lineman Chris Canty).
The Ravens also packaged that sixth-round pick with two others to move up in the second round this year to draft linebacker Arthur Brown.
"It was a business decision both ways," Harbaugh said. "It was definitely disappointing that it ended the way it did. We're happy for his success, and I'm looking forward to our success as well."