When the Ravens got the ball with 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and trailing the Tennessee Titans, 23-10, the offense never went to the no-huddle -- a somewhat surprising decision considering the deficit the Ravens found themselves in.
Coach John Harbaugh said during his post-game conference on Monday that there was no call for the two-minute offense because the team wanted to be patient and make the right calls.
"We changed the offense," he insisted. "We were in our two-minute calls. We made our two-minute calls. We were down two scores at that point, and you feel like we have enough time. The bottom line is to get down the field and score, so we don’t want to rush in there and be off the field and be punting again either. It’s not like we had been moving the ball up and down the field. I think the fact of the matter is it worked pretty well because we did move the ball down the field in that drive. To me, the important thing was to move the ball down the field, and you hopefully get the seven [points]. We needed seven really, and we did that, and we still had over seven minutes left, so we felt like we had enough time. It’s not ideal. You don’t want to be those kind of numbers down in the fourth quarter, but we feel like we are capable of coming back. No, we didn’t feel like two-minute [offense] at that point was the best thing to do because the priority was to get down the field and score points."
Offense didn't go into two-minute form to avoid mistakes
Harbaugh said making right calls took precedence
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