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Harbs Backs Suggs’ Comments On Rice

John Harbaugh said Ray Rice having just eight carries is ‘never a winning formula.’

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink, Week 7 at Jaguars

Along with Ravens fans everywhere, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs gave his two cents on the offense following Monday night’s 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Suggs said the Ravens need to feed their Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, who had just eight carries for 28 yards. It’s the fewest number of carries Rice has had in a game since Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.

On Monday, Head Coach John Harbaugh stood behind his outspoken linebacker.

“You know, Terrell Suggs’ heart is always in the right place, and he’s a leader on our football team,” Harbaugh said.

“I listen to all of our guys and definitely I listen to Terrell Suggs, especially with the way he’s playing. And then, the things he says are right. But, that’s what we’re trying to do. It’s not like we’re not trying to do the things he’s talking about doing. So, I think we’re all on the same page with that.”

There was about a 22-minute stretch between Rice rushes from the time he fumbled in the middle of the first quarter to near the end of the first half. Harbaugh said Rice wasn’t benched. It wasn’t something the coaches had a conversation about, he said.

The head coach said the offense was “searching” for a way to get a first down. Whether that was running the ball or passing, the Ravens didn’t worry at the time about how many touches a certain player got.

“We are just trying to find a way to beat the defense and get a first down and get going,” Harbaugh said. “Because, when you do that, that’s when those carries start adding up.”

As Harbaugh pointed out, the Ravens were exactly shredding the Jaguars on the ground anyway. They averaged 2.8 yards per rush and Rice was at 3.5 per carry. One of his runs, for 12 yards, made up almost half his yardage.

Still, only eight carries for perhaps the Ravens’ top offensive weapon at the end of the game isn’t something Baltimore wants to have happen.

“Eight carries is never going to be a winning formula for Ray Rice,” Harbaugh said. “There is no doubt about it.”

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