As a former special teams coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, John Harbaugh has a personal interest in the Ravens’ special teams.
Naturally, the Ravens head coach had an opinion on the 82-yard punt return for a touchdown the team surrendered to Patrick Peterson in the second quarter of the Ravens’ 30-27 win against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday.
“Well, you’ve got to tackle, you know?” Harbaugh said during his weekly news conference Monday. “The punt return, we looked bad on that. We didn’t get down the field fast enough. We didn’t look fast at all. We didn’t tackle. It’s not like we got blocked. We had six or seven opportunities to get them down, and we missed them all. So that’s the biggest thing about that play, and that’s something we’ve got to work on.”
Harbaugh was then asked whether he agreed with punter Sam Koch’s assessment that he should have had more hang time on the punt.
“He could get more hang time,” Harbaugh conceded. “Sam wants to do it right. I don’t know exactly off the top of my head what the hang time was. I don’t think it was terrible. But if you hang it up there and force a fair catch, then you don’t have a return. He’s capable of doing that. It’s either that or you put it on the sideline. [There have been] plenty of times Sam has done that. So I think that’s what he’s talking about. But we’ve got to cover it better, no doubt.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun