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John Harbaugh: We could have been more patient with the run

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One of the most prominent criticisms of the Ravens in the wake of their blowout loss to the Texans in Week Seven was that the team did not use running back Ray Rice often enough when the outcome of the game was still in some doubt.

Rice averaged nine carries per game in Baltimore’s four regular season losses last season and he had nine carries last Sunday as the Ravens slumped to a 43-13 loss, prompting another round of razzing for offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s game plan. Coach John Harbaugh admitted this week that the team wasn’t as patient as it could have been when it came to the running game.

“We could have stayed with the run a little more patiently,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun. “Once they got the tip-ball interception, we felt like we needed to try to get back in that thing a little bit more quickly because of the type of team they are. We probably all say we could have been a little bit more patient with the run – whether it’s Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce or whoever it is.”

Rice is averaging just over 19 touches per game this season, down about four a game from his 2011 workload. It’s right in line with what Rice did in the first seven games, though, and the Ravens began riding him more heavily in the second half. Given all of the focus on Joe Flacco and a faster-paced offense this offseason, it’s not surprising to see Rice back on the lower end of the spectrum.

With seven weeks of results to look at during the bye week, it would be just as unsurprising to see Rice’s workload shoot up again in the second half of this season.

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18 Responses to “John Harbaugh: We could have been more patient with the run”
  1. steelernator says: Oct 25, 2012 9:05 AM

    Stick a fork in the Ravens, they are done. They are on a downward spiral while the Steelers will start to rise. Injuries are mounting after an embarrassing loss. They got humiliated. They lost to the Eagles (who the Steelers beat), and were lucky to beat the Cleveland Clowns and the Dallas Cryboys. This is the most over-rated and over-hyped team in the NFL, but not for long. They probably won’t play .500 ball the rest of the year. After suffering 2 payback losses to the Steelers, the first one coming 11/18, they will be looking up at the Steelers in the standings like they have done for most of their history, including when they were the original Clowns.

  2. kevo126 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:12 AM

    I think the only people who don’t see the correlation between ray rice’s touches and the ravens winning are ravens employees.

    But at 5-2 with the browns and raiders coming up they are in good shape. Ten wins probably wins the division or at least gets a wild card.

  3. thesportsguy52 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:32 AM

    Not at all surprised to read “steeler” within your username, which is why I didn’t bother reading any of it, because any common fan knows that what you just wrote is full of too much bias within every word you wrote.
    Oh, yeah…that 52 on mine does stand for Ray, but you don’t see me saying the steelers were done when your team couldn’t win a road game.

  4. thesportsguy52 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:36 AM

    Oh and are you actually in Pennsylvania by any chance?

  5. baloneyjohn says: Oct 25, 2012 9:44 AM

    Geez. Does this guy have his own PR department.
    Between his brother and himself, they seem to garner an undue amount of attention.

  6. 757ravensfan says: Oct 25, 2012 10:04 AM

    Seriously??? Coming from a guy who’s team lost to Oakland and Tenn. Struggled against Cinci and the only reason you beat the Eagles is bc Vick fumbled on the 1 yard line. Sit down, clown!!

  7. randallflagg52 says: Oct 25, 2012 10:42 AM

    steelernator says:Oct 25, 2012 9:05 AM

    Stick a fork in the Ravens, they are done. They are on a downward spiral while the Steelers will start to rise. Injuries are mounting after an embarrassing loss. They got humiliated. They lost to the Eagles (who the Steelers beat), and were lucky to beat the Cleveland Clowns and the Dallas Cryboys. This is the most over-rated and over-hyped team in the NFL, but not for long. They probably won’t play .500 ball the rest of the year. After suffering 2 payback losses to the Steelers, the first one coming 11/18, they will be looking up at the Steelers in the standings like they have done for most of their history, including when they were the original Clowns.

    ==================================

    Dude, your team lost to Denver Oakland and Tennessee, and quit saying Baltimore should’ve lost to Cleveland and Dallas because I could just as easily say you should have lost to Philly and Cincy.

  8. psuravens19 says: Oct 25, 2012 10:44 AM

    As a Ravens fan, I like Harbaugh, but it gets pretty tiring that he has this same interview and comments every season. Last year he said it twice following the Jags and Seahawks game and now again this year. I’m a big Flacco fan and think he is a very good QB, but the coaching staff needs to get Ray Rice the ball at a minimum of 20 times a game. Please start doing what you are saying; this offense is at it’s best when it’s balanced.

  9. keeppounding says: Oct 25, 2012 10:57 AM

    I wonder whose gonna be johns scapegoat this year. Which assistant will get the axe and be the fall guy this year? Haha. Special teams has cost a lot of games for the ravens over the years and that’s johns specialty. When I played college ball my head coach always said ‘I am the face of this team, I get the praise when we win I get the criticism when we lose’. Johns cleared out everyone but the problem. For example. He fired Jim zohrn as qb coach ( a former head coach ) who was doing a great job with flacco and a line coach with 20 years experience coaching high powered offense. They one 13 games that year. The offensive coordinator and head coach are the problem. The run game is there biggest weapon and they dont use it. The leadership from the top down is keeping this team from the Super Bowl.

  10. bmoretitansfan says: Oct 25, 2012 11:14 AM

    Don’t worry Raven’s Fan’s. The Browns are up next,Flacco will be elite, Cam will call the perfect gameplan, yada yada yada. Then have an upset lose. Rinse n repeat.

  11. cliverush says: Oct 25, 2012 11:28 AM

    Losing Ray Lewis is going to show up in every game. He has instincts most do not possess. In combo with Reed they could figure out where the ball was going. Reed is hurt, Lewis is gone. Tough loss for any team.

  12. 757ravensfan says: Oct 25, 2012 11:39 AM

    bmoretitansfan…..the fact that you’re a Titans fan discredits anything negative you have to say about the Ravens!!

  13. bmoretitansfan says: Oct 25, 2012 12:01 PM

    Actually I’m a football fan first 757…Don’t let the username fool you. How Cam is still the OC is reminiscent of Matt Cavanagh still having a job until Coach Billick was coming under fire. I’d take Rice over CJ because of his consistency. A Rice favored gameplan will make everyone forget about the Houston game and will be the Second best team in the AFC.

  14. theslick50 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:35 PM

    Feeding Rice = Wins

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 25, 2012 1:18 PM

    Maybe you should wait to play the Raiders before you make fun of the Steelers for losing to them. Philly anyone. Just sayin.

  16. stealersfannot says: Oct 25, 2012 1:56 PM

    Someone should do a study of Rice’s carry tally and the tally for RBs in general in situational terms.

    Naturally RBs will get more carries in games where the team is ahead. The name of the game is running the clock. My suspicion is that a sizable chunk of the carries come because the game is more-or-less already won. So it’s a more complicated statistic than simply “they win when he carries 20+ times.” One can easily respond by saying “he carried 20+ times BECAUSE they were winning.”

    The same goes vice-versa. Carry totals will be proportionally small for teams that fall behind early in the game and are playing catch-up and playing to conserve time.

    Then, ofcourse, you have statistical anomalies like the Jags and MJD, where the passing game sucks so bad that he’ll get 30+ carries regardless of what the scoreboard says. Hence why he demands more money in the offseason for the added wear-and-tear.

  17. dontstabmeray says: Oct 26, 2012 12:48 PM

    What John Harbaugh really meant to say:
    We should have stuck to the run because it would have eaten more clock and allowed my pathetic defense to stay off the field for a few more minutes.

  18. mrpkg says: Oct 26, 2012 1:02 PM

    Harbaugh has no clue with this team. He and Cam have screwed this team up for the past three years.

    Ravenator would do a better job

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