Harbaugh Explains Benching Walker

Ravens cornerback Frank Walker was inactive last Sunday.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the decision to put cornerback Frank Walker on the inactive list last Sunday was based on specific packages.

Walker watched from the sidelines in Ravens gear as Baltimore dismantled the Denver Broncos 30-7, something that hadn’t happened since Nov. 30, 2008 in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“His situation is [that] he’s a big part of our team,” Harbaugh explained during his Monday press conference.  “And Frank knows that, and Frank knows how we feel about him. You try to put the 45 guys up in any given week that you feel like give you the best chance to win and do the most for you. And in this game, based on the packages we thought we were going to see, that’s what we chose to do.

“Frank Walker is another competitive guy, and I’ve said it before, he’s a good player. He’s a really good player, and he’s going to be a big part of what we’re doing. He knows that.”

This came one game after Walker replaced a struggling Fabian Washington in the fourth quarter of a 33-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Ravens still dismantled Denver’s passing attack, which went into the game averaging 236.0 yards per week.  Instead, quarterback Kyle Orton, who was sacked on the very first play of the day, completed 23 of 37 attempts for only 152 yards and a 71.0 passer rating.

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