Monday, September 9, 2013
Harbaugh on non-challenge: 'That's on me'
By Jamison Hensley
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn't want to get into specifics Monday on how the team failed to challenge Wes Welker's third-down catch in the season opener.
With the Ravens leading 17-14, Welker trapped a pass that extended an eventual touchdown drive. After the loss in Denver on Thursday night, Harbaugh said he was unaware of the situation because NBC failed to show the replay in time. On Monday, he put the responsibility of not challenging the play on his team and himself.
"I just think we could have done a better job with that looking back on it, to get that information communicated," Harbaugh said.
A reporter asked Harbaugh to clarify the Ravens' communication process when it comes to replays. "I think everybody understands how it works, we just have to do a better job with it," Harbaugh said. "We have to see it."
When pressed whether he spoke with a quality coach about replays, it was visible that Harbaugh was getting tired of the line of questioning. "I'm not going to get into all of that," Harbaugh said. "We have to do a better job with it. That's on me; that starts with me. We have to do a better job with that. It's that simple."
If the Ravens had challenged, it would've changed the momentum of the game. Is it the reason why the Ravens lost? Certainly not. The dropped passes on offense and the poor coverage and tackling on defense were the reasons why Baltimore lost by 22 points.