John Harbaugh pointed the finger directly at himself Monday when asked to explain the reasoning behind why the Ravens didn't challenge a third-down completion to Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker in the third quarter that actually bounced off the ground before he trapped it against his body.
Immediately following the Ravens' 49-27 loss, which included a 28-yard touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell set up by the Welker first down, Harbaugh said he didn't know about the missed opportunity at the time to call for an instant replay due to NBC not showing the replay fast enough.
The Caldwell touchdown staked the Broncos to a 21-17 lead in the third quarter, and they never trailed again.
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"I just think we could have done a better job with that looking back on it, to get that information communicated," Harbaugh said. "That's on me. That starts with me. We have to do a better job with that. It's that simple."
Harbaugh was asked to explain how the coaching staff goes about deciding when to call for a replay.
Like most NFL teams, the Ravens have a designated coach in the booth to inform Harbaugh.
"I think everybody understands how it works, we just have to do a better job with it," Harbaugh said. "We have to see it."
Harbaugh bristled a bit when asked if he had talked with a quality control coach about challenging the play during the game.
"I'm not going to get into all of that," Harbaugh said. "We have to do a better job with it."
After the game Thursday, Harbaugh was asked about the non-challenge.
“This is the first I’ve heard of it,” Harbaugh said. “That’s something you have to see. It would be nice if NBC would show it, but we didn’t have a chance to look at it.”
Following Welker trapping the football, the Broncos hurried up to the line as Peyton Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas for a 34-yard completion.
Although cornerback Corey Graham could be seen gesturing as if to signal for a replay challenge after the Welker play on third down, he said the Broncos hurried to the line so fast it was tough to get anyone's attention.
"I saw the ball hit the ground, but, once again, playing against Peyton, you saw how fast they got on the line of scrimmage," Graham said. "I'm over there pointing at the ground trying to tell them it hit the ground, but, shoot, when the other receivers are lined up, getting ready to play, I had to run and go over and get to the receivers.
"So, I didn't really have much time to do too much lobbying. They use a fast-paced offense. They do what they do and they didn't really give us a chance. Coach [Harbaugh] pretty much would have had to just go off feel if he wanted to replay that one, because it happened so fast. There was nothing we could really do about it."