Harbs: ‘Not Good Enough On Offense’

Harbaugh pointed out specific offensive flaws such as the run game, protection and consistency.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, December 6th, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Ryan Mink, Week 13 vs Steelers

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh expressed displeasure with his team’s offense, pointing out specific areas where the team struggled following a 13-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“We’re not good enough on offense, there’s no question about it,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t think we’re good enough in all phases.  But that particular area we should be doing better and we need to.”

The Ravens, who acquired wide receivers Anquan Boldin, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Donte’ Stallworth this offseason, moved the ball on the Steelers in chunks in the first half, notching 173 total yards including pass plays of 67 and 61 yards.

But in the second half, Baltimore compiled just 96 total yards and three points.

“I don’t think we are consistent,” Harbaugh said. “We should be an offense that’s scoring a heck of a lot more than 10 points in any particular football game.”

The Ravens are averaging 21.7 points per game this season (17th in the NFL). Baltimore finished 9th in the NFL in points per game last season.

Harbaugh went into specifics, pointing out problems on third down, in the red zone, with protection and in the ground game.

The Ravens are averaging 97.8 rushing yards per game (6th in the NFL), but just 3.6 yards per carry (30th). Baltimore never got its run attack going versus the Steelers’ top-ranked rush unit, netting 43 yards on 20 carries.

A better run game would help the Ravens offense give the defense a hand in finishing off games.

“We’ve got to find a way to run the ball better for one thing,” Harbaugh said. “That’s something that’s really important. I’m disappointed in the fact that we haven’t run the ball for a better yard per carry average. I think we’re capable of doing better than that, and I think that establishes a lot of other things.

“That’s the kind of football team that we believe in being. We just haven’t been able to get on track there and that would take a lot of pressure off a lot of the other elements.”

Harbaugh defended Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron’s play-calling in a couple specific situations, such as when the Ravens lobbed two passes into the end zone from the 6-yard line. Both fell incomplete.

Cameron called for quarterback Joe Flacco to roll out to his left on third down, but pressure forced another incompletion. Baltimore was facing an all-out blitz from Pittsburgh.

“It’s pretty hard to run the ball into that. You’re pretty much beating your head against the wall,” Harbaugh said.

“It’s just so predictable. If things don’t go well, that’s where [the criticism] goes. The play-calling conversation goes way deeper than running the ball and throwing the ball. It runs deeper than whether it worked or didn’t work.

“There are certain plays in there that I didn’t particularly like and Cam didn’t particularly like when we looked back on it and he’s the first one to criticize himself. But when you’ve got guys wide open on plays that can seal the game for you, it’s pretty hard to say it’s a bad play call.”

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