Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens had the opportunity to keep their playoff hopes alive with a win against the Cincinnati Bengals. They not only needed a win, but also some help from both the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers. If Baltimore could have gotten a victory and those two teams lost, the playoffs would indeed be a reality.
Unfortunately, for the Ravens, they couldn’t beat the Bengals on a day when Andy Dalton tossed four picks. In fact, Cincinnati still wound up winning convincingly by a score of 34-17. The Ravens only racked up 222 total yards of offense as the Bengals got dangerously close to 400 despite the turnovers.
With the Ravens’ playoff dreams now gone, is John Harbaugh’s job safe? This season, the Ravens’ offense was pathetic on some occasions, while being mediocre on most. Defensively, they haven’t been phenomenal, but also haven’t been toward the bottom of the league. Clearly, though, they fell off compared to a season ago — as expected.
Right now, I believe Harbaugh’s job is safe. He didn’t have much to do with the fallout on offense — that’s on the front office. The biggest weakness was on the offensive line, where they couldn’t hold against a fourth grade girl at times. It wasn’t his decision to trade Anquan Boldin, either. The Ravens’ offense endured a few injuries along the way, and their fate seemed to be right around where they ended — neither above nor below .500.
Harbaugh is well-respected in the locker room and the organization, so for any questioning about his job being in danger to occur in the coming days would be a bit uncalled for in my opinion. There will be some who are upset with the way the season ended and look to blame the coach — after all, Harbaugh took the blame for the team “not being good enough” this year. But, to put the blame solely on him would be highly unnecessary.