Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh Is Letting Running Game Reach Historically Bad Marks

By Wola Odeniran
Bernard Pierce and John Harbaugh
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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is a one of the best head coaches in the NFL. He knows how a bring a group of players from special teams, offense, and defense together for one goal. He has a Super Bowl ring to his credit and is the first head coach in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first five years at the position. But with that being said, if Harbaugh has any flaws, it might be his ego.

Harbaugh is a very smart coach, but sometimes it seems he has problems admitting there is a problem.

Now the trade for left tackle Eugene Monroe says otherwise, but when you look at the offensive line situation and how they are struggling, all signs point to running game coordinator Juan Castillo who Harbaugh is close friends with in their days with the Philadelphia Eagles and brought on to the team during the Ravens’ playoff run last year. Castillo is doing a pathetic job, but Harbaugh hasn’t shown any signs of going against him.

Let’s look at what Harbaugh had to say to the Baltimore Sun following the loss against the Cleveland Browns in Week 9.

“I feel like our offensive line blocked a lot better than the result might have shown in terms of number of yards. When you watch the tape, there are a lot of really good blocks going on there.”

What a load of crap. To endorse this offensive line when this line is rushing for 2.7 yards per carry is pathetic. That 2.7 yards per carry average is on pace to be the worst mark for an NFL team since the 1953 New York Giants according to ESPN.

So the Ravens are on pace to have the worst running game in the in NFL in 60 years. Great. This is what Harbaugh is endorsing?

There should be some sort of hot seat on Harbaugh. I’m certainly not saying he should be fired, but he has a lot of explaining to do and his loyalty with one Castillo may cost him in the long run. It doesn’t look like he learned from the Cam Cameron situation last year.

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