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Harbaugh Didn’t Intend To Run Up Score

The head coach apologized to the Chiefs, explaining the preseason is for young players.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Saturday, August 20th, 2011 at 12:33 am | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Preseason 2 vs Chiefs, Ryan Mink

Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley wasn’t pleased with the way Friday night’s game ended.

The Ravens scored two touchdowns inside the final two minutes, including one – an Anthony Allen 1-yard run – with five seconds remaining to win, 31-13.

To some, that could be seen as running up the score. But Harbaugh said that was not his intent.

According to Harbaugh, the two head coaches came together to shake hands after the game when Haley said to the Ravens head coach something like, “I don’t know about that.”

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Harbaugh responded, “Preseason, preseason for the young guys.”

The Ravens’ head coach addressed it with his team after the game. He then cleared it up first thing in his postgame press conference.

“I want to apologize to the Chiefs if they feel like we were not doing the right thing at the end of the game,” Harbaugh said. “That wasn’t the mindset. The mindset was this is preseason. If this would have been regular season, we would have been on a knee.

“The idea in that situation was to give these young guys, who work hard, and are trying to make a football team – this football team or another football team – to play a whole 60 minutes and give them a chance to show what they can do – offensive line, running backs, everybody. That’s the mindset. I know that’s debatable. I know there’s a point of way both ways, I understand that. I just felt that was the right thing to do for our players to give them a chance to play the game out and see what they can do.”

Harbaugh said he did see both sides of the argument.

Haley seemed to agree with Harbaugh’s outlook after the game when speaking to reporters.

“I just control what we do. [And for him it's] probably no different than the way I feel; every day is important, every snap is important,” he said.

“Us as coaches, we get very limited opportunity to really evaluate. We talk about evaluation being so critical. There are some guys for us who didn’t get to play a bunch of snaps. I worry about us, they worry about… Their coach has to do what he has to do to get his team ready. I’m trying to do what we need to do to get our team ready.”

Harbaugh wanted to make sure the Chiefs knew he wasn’t trying to disrespect them.

“Now, I have a lot of respect for Todd Haley and a lot of respect for the Chiefs’ organization and what they do. That’s a really good football team, a very physical football team,” Harbaugh said.

In 2010, Haley took exception with then Denver Broncos head coach Head Coach Josh McDaniels after a 49-29 regular-season loss. Haley refused to shake McDaniels’ hand and waved his finger at him. Haley later apologized.

Haley did not have a comment about the late-game scoring in his postgame press conference.

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