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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Wake-up caw: Harbaugh demises Burfict

By Jamison Hensley

Another AFC North game, another accusation.

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict said a member of the Ravens' coaching staff shoved him on the sideline Sunday. This comes a week after Cleveland Browns Greg Little alleged he was choked by Ravens safety James Ihedigbo.

The problem with Burfict's story is he accuses defensive coordinator Dean Pees of pushing him on the sideline. This is the same Pees who watches games from the coaches' box.

"Yes, I heard him allege it," coach John Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun. "That's all I heard. I don't take too much stock in that stuff. I thought our guys did a great job conducting themselves in that game with great poise and great class in spite of some of the stuff that went on."

Here's the rest of your Wake-up caw ...

The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston doesn't believe replacing Ray Rice is the answer for a struggling running game. "Here's a better solution: Rice should continue to start, but Pierce gets more carries Sunday against the Chicago Bears," Preston wrote. "If he continues to outplay Rice, then he gradually becomes the starter. It's fair to both players." I offer a different view of the situation.

John Eisenberg, of the team's official website, called it a "sad commentary" that the Ravens didn't try to move any closer than the 30-yard line once they were in Justin Tucker's range. "But I didn’t blame them," Eisenberg wrote. "Too many bad things could happen, and already had. The Ravens were reduced to counting on Tucker to come through from a long way out. I’m sure Matt Stover could relate."

Clifton Brown of Comcast SportsNet thinks the Ravens should use backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor more. He had an 18-yard run after lining up in the slot Sunday. "He’s an explosive runner, and as the backup quarterback, he has the arm to make a big play," Brown wrote. "With Ray Rice struggling, what do the Ravens have to lose, giving Taylor three or four touches a game? Put him in the Wildcat, let him run the read option, put the ball in his hands a few times a game. The way Joe Flacco has played recently, he shouldn’t complain either. Anything that can spark the Ravens’ offense should be utilized."

Harbaugh addressed the criticism on the Ravens remaining in a no-huddle offense instead of running down the clock while protecting a two-score lead. “When you go into the four-minute mode you change your rhythm," Harbaugh said, via the team's official website. "And when you get out of a rhythm sometimes you do things like jumping offsides and they know the snap count because you run the clock down and they can get off on your snap count.”