John Harbaugh: Coming off Monday Night Football left us short on juice


The Ravens won a hard-fought game in Detroit last Monday night and then returned home for a date with the Patriots that wound up being an ugly one for the home team.

New England won 41-7 in a game that saw the Ravens struggle in all phases with even Justin Tucker missing a field goal on a day when nothing went right. Among the reasons that coach John Harbaugh cited when asked about his team’s listless performance was the impact of coming off a short week following a road game on Monday night.

“It did, we felt it,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “We fought through it all week as best we could. Our guys were excited to play, and I thought the effort was there. They fought like crazy, but we just didn’t have enough juice to pull it off. It’s a legitimate factor. Everybody has scheduling issues that they’ve got to deal with in the NFL, and that was one of ours.”

While there’s no denying the lost day of preparation that comes from playing on Monday night, the records show that it hasn’t been too great of an issue across the board this season. Teams that play on Monday night are now 16-15 in the next week while teams that played on the road are 7-9. Harbaugh’s own career record stands at 3-3 after playing Monday night on the road, which shows that the team can overcome the schedule on occasion.

It may have been a factor in the loss, but it’s hard to feel that a little missing juice was the difference maker in a game the Patriots won by 34 points.

41 responses to “John Harbaugh: Coming off Monday Night Football left us short on juice

  1. For some weird reason, I thought this was Jim Harbaugh speaking.
    Yes, I think the 49ers will have their hands full against the Cards next week, for various reasons.
    (standard addendum: Niner fan here)

  2. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Harbaugh is getting exposed this year, having been directly responsible for 4-6 loses with his penchant for being outcoached this year. I don’t know if the SB victory made him think he’s the smartest guy in the room, but used to BE the one outcoaching people. Maybe it’s the new contract extension?

  3. That’s funny, the Pats did the same thing. After getting ripped off on the road in Carolina, they played at home and spotted Denver 24 and some how managed to make a game of it. Or WIN!
    This sounds like a head coach making an excuse for a very poor effort in a must win home game. Weak, very weak.

  4. Give me a break. Really? Well maybe he’s on to something, I don’t know. I mean the pats took that little vacation down in south beach and they were well rested.

  5. Let me start by saying the Patriots were clearly the better team. Sunday. No doubt whatsoever. But the Ravens were also clearly not prepared. They were out coached in all phases and outplayed. As for the 34 point loss, that’s not indicative of the game (although a 20 point loss is not much better!!). Once the backup QB is in, all bets are off. But this game was won (and lost) in the first quarter when the Patriots came ready to play and the Ravens did not. Kudos to the Pats. I hope they follow this up as well as the broncos did when they blew the Ravens out in Baltimore last season.

  6. Harbaugh’s 3-3 record after playing on the road on Monday night is meaningful, since his career regular season record is 62-33 (71-37 with the playoffs). To say a .500 record shows that they “can overcome the schedule on occasion,” is misleading, since they are more likely to lose after playing on the road on Monday night under John Harbaugh than they otherwise would be during the rest of his coaching career. It may be a poor excuse, and MNF is nothing new, unlike the extremely short weeks for teams playing on Thursday, but using the 3-3 statistic is inapposite.

  7. Well Coach, it was pretty obvious your team, especially Flacco, was short on juice after a short week. But isn’t it your job to make sure that it doesn’t happen?

  8. As a Steelers fan, who respects Harbaugh, I’m surprised he would made that excuse in a public forum. Even if you truly feel that way, you gain nothing by announcing it to the media. You’re better than that Coach.

  9. Funny Harbag had no compassion for steelers playing on Thurs in Baltimore. Tomlin didn’t whine….raven whining starts at the top. Not surprised as he is a raven and a Harbag

  10. Bill Parcells used to say that if you give yourself and excuse for losing, you will lose. This was a home game with everything on the line and they got pushed around.

  11. Yeah, they must have been wiped out after that 6 field goal offensive explosion last Monday night.

  12. I don’t blame Harbaugh for making excuses – he’s simply stating a fact.

    Of course, that’s what separates the good teams from the great teams, and it’s clear the Ravens are only “good” despite the chortling of their fans following the Super Bowl.

  13. Both John and his little brother out west whine and pout continuously, both in the media and on the sidelines, despite often being the beneficiaries of fortunate bounces and poor officiating. Must be something in the genes.

  14. What really caught up to Baltimore was the officials caught on to the bad calls that helped Baltimore against Detroit , Minnesota, and even Pittsburgh.

  15. if you listen to his press conference, he didn’t use it as an excuse. He was asked if the short week after a road MNF game affected his players and he went on to say its always difficult, and it seemed like the players lacked this ‘juice.’ the media sets everyone up in the NFL to make the stories how they want it. He never once said one of the reasons we lost was playing on MNF earlier that week.

  16. It just kills the Harbaugh coaches to give any credit to the opposing team. To hear these two clowns talk about it, their team has NEVER lost to a superior team… just lost due to some ridiculous excuse. Both brothers are so unlikable.

  17. Funny when the Pats lose to the Ravens all you hear from Belichick, Brady and company was that the Ravens are a great team that outplayed them on a given day, and that the Pats have to play better.

    Ravens lose and WAAAAAAAAAAAAA NOT OUR FAULTS is all that comes out of their mouths.

    Disgusting and amateur hour.

  18. Apparently the Ravens are the first team in NFL history to play a Sunday game 6 days after a Monday night game.

  19. I said that before John. I don’t think he should have put it that way though. Patriots didn’t even play great. Ravens were not good. And I’m not blaming the refs. That’s starting to get old. Whether it was Flacco’s immobility with a porous line. Play-calling and blocking has not been great this year. I do question some of Harbaugh’s decisions through out the season. He was definitely out-coached on Sunday. 2nd and 13 in field goal range. I would have made it 2nd and 23 instead of 3rd and 13. And then throwing it on 3rd and 1 near the goal line and going for it on 4th and 1 and not getting it.

  20. He meant a little short on luck. Because it was all used up in the playoffs last year. Luckiest team to ever win a perbowl period. You mean Jumpball Joe didn’t get lucky??? Oh yeah they weren’t playing Denvers horrible defense and a safety that should have been fined by the league for making such a poor play on Jumpball Joe’s LUCKY throw it up and hope for the best play. Any team that let’s a guy like Charlie Batch come into their house and beat them should be eliminated from Superbowl contention on the spot!!! Oh yeah and their coach should be fined by the league for being the biggest crybaby coach in the NLF. I know I have a lot of fines in the post, but why not, the league seems to find a way to fine everybody at one point or another. They should fine the Steeler D for being so bad this year!!!

  21. Oh yeah and the league should have fined the two dbacks for the 49ers for another horrible play on Jumpball Joe’s LUCKY throw it up and hope td pass in the Superbowl. like I said, luckiest team EVER to win a Superbowl. And lucky Joe’s good fortune continues with a contract that a QB should get who plays like Manning, not like this FLUNCCO season Flacco has put together. Kinda looks like every other season he’s had since he’s been in the league… Average at best.

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