A ‘Certainty’ Offense Will Break Out

John Harbaugh agrees with his players’ disappointment with the Ravens’ offense.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, January 3rd, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Head Coach John Harbaugh has heard the rumblings about the Ravens’ recent up-and-down offense, and to some degree, he agrees with the sentiments expressed by media and fans.
Harbaugh even used the word “disappointed” in his press conference following the Ravens’ 13-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.  Still, he believes the Ravens have what it takes to achieve a top-flight performance.
“We’ll break out and play good offense. That’s a certainty,” Harbaugh said Monday.
The Ravens scored only 20 points against the Cleveland Browns 22nd-ranked defense two weeks ago.  They managed to convert two of 11 third downs and logged 199 net yards in the Bengals win.
Baltimore closes out 2010 with the NFL’s 22nd-rated offense, averaging 322.9 yards per game, 20th-rated passing attack (208.4) and 14th-best ground game (114.4).
Harbaugh thinks the key to improvement on Sunday is continuing to practice hard throughout the week.
“I was disappointed last night, because I really think we’re really close,” Harbaugh said Monday.   “I watch our offense every single day in practice, and I know how good we can be and how close we are to being really good.  I think we have really talented players and really talented coaches who are working hard to be really good.  And, they won 12 games playing complimentary football. That’s the bottom line. 
“Yet still, we could be a much more potent offense.”
In the locker room after Sunday’s game, Anquan Boldin was speechless about the Ravens’ performance.  Several players talked about the need to improve execution, putting the blame on their shoulders and not those of Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron.
“For us, we’ve just got to go out there and make it work,” wideout Derrick Mason stated.  “I guess that has to be the theme of the playoffs – whatever is being called, we have to make it
work. We can no longer point the finger. We’ve got to make it work as an offensive unit. There’s no more excuses, because excuses are going to get you beat.”
Harbaugh said he isn’t surprised or disappointed to hear such things.
“I’m glad they feel that way. That’s how you expect them to feel,” said Harbaugh.  “I always say this, I know, but I bet our defensive guys say the same thing when they watch the tape, and the special teams feel the same way.  That’s what I mean about playing complimentary football.”

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