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Mason, Harbaugh Move Past Heated Exchange

The veteran wideout was unhappy for a moment on the sideline Sunday.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens receiver Derrick Mason had some choice words for his coaches on the sideline in one particular moment during Baltimore’s 20-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Trailing 17-14 in the fourth quarter, quarterback Joe Flacco took the snap from the Pittsburgh 6-yard line and lofted a high-arcing pass to Todd Heap in the end zone.

When it fell incomplete, Mason came storming off the field, peeved that he wasn’t the target with the Steelers covering him one-on-one. With his mouth running, Mason tossed his helmet and warranted some stern words from head coach John Harbaugh.

“They were playing man-to-man,” Mason said after the game.  “I just wanted an opportunity to win the game. Todd feels the same way on the other side. [Mark] Clayton felt the same way and Kelley [Washington] did too.

“As a competitor, you just want to influence the game somehow. That’s all it was about. After we got back to the sideline and then got back out there, it was over and done with.”

Mason, who finished with seven receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown, isn’t one to hold a grudge, and neither is Harbaugh.

When asked about it during his Monday press conference, Harbaugh said he welcomed the fire and emotion.

“That’s kind of what we’re about, everything’s out there,” Harbaugh explained.  “We’re not one of these teams that are going to try to sugar coat anything with each other.  We’re emotional – all of us.  And it’s an emotional game.  We’re the same way in practice – Derrick and the coaches and the players and all of us – because to me that’s what’s real. 

“We don’t shy away or back down from real raw emotion.  So we move on, we love each other and we’ve got a game to win together next week.”

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