The gist of it one day after a 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that included costly late special-teams breakdowns: Harbaugh's not going to tolerate substandard performances, and the team won't hesitate to make changes in an effort to upgrade the roster.
The Ravens managed to rush for only three yards on four runs during a first-and-goal situation as running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce were stonewalled by the Green Bay Packers' defense. Rice generated just three yards on three runs to his right before Pierce got zero yards on a failed 4th-and-1 plunge behind left guard Kelechi Osemele instead of kicking a field goal.
One positive development from Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers was the return of injured wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who returned kickoffs and made an 11-yard touchdown reception. The Ravens limited his usage, though. Jones played just 17 offensive snaps and six snaps on special teams. More on that and other snap count observations.
However, the Ravens still look like a team trying to find some consistency and in search of an offensive identity. With the Houston Texans struggling and the Dolphins still trying to establish themselves as contenders, the Ravens also are a without a signature win, albeit at a very early juncture of the season.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is the toughest quarterback in the NFL, according to his teammates. But they're also becoming all too familiar for the Ravens who have watched their $120.6 million quarterback take a beating in recent weeks.
The Ravens' recommitment to the running game during Sunday's 26-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins wasn¿t reflected in their 3.3 yards-per-carry average. But other numbers tell the story, starting with their 40 rushing attempts. The Ravens still have plenty of work left to do to get their running game to where it needs to be, but a week after giving up on it altogether, they relied on it to escape from Miami with a win.
Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie's pass-blocking breakdowns against the Miami Dolphins were part of a chaotic game for the Ravens' offensive line that eventually overcame miscues and back spasms to left guard Kelechi Osemele in a 26-23 win at Sun Life Stadium.
Facing a 3rd-and-long deep in their territory Sunday, the Ravens curiously decided to throw the ball and the result was an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Head coach John Harbaugh admitted it was a foolish decision.
Ravens kick returner and wide receiver Jacoby Jones is inactive for today's game against the Miami Dolphins, missing his fourth consecutive week since spraining his medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the first game.
Since getting an unexpected phone call Tuesday night that the Ravens were acquiring Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Eugene Monroe through a trade, offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie has handled his unresolved status well.
So desperate to upgrade their struggling offensive line, the Ravens were willing to make an unconventional deal by their standards. The Ravens don't like trading draft picks, though in this case, what they gave up should be sufficiently replaced when compensatory picks are awarded in March.
There is speculation that left tackle Bryant McKinnie wants to be traded now that the Ravens have traded for the Jacksonville Jaguars' Eugene Monroe, but it would be difficult to see anyone wanting McKinnie, not if a team has seen tape on him this season.
Another option the Ravens are expected to explore is attempting to trade left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie now that they're in the process of finalizing their trade for his replacement, Eugene Monroe, from the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to league sources.