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Ravens’ Troubles Go Beyond Harbaugh

November 05, 2018 - 1:50 pm

By Austin Medina  

The Ravens took a loss by the hands of the Steelers, dropping another division game 23-16. Before a bye week, any loss is magnified especially when against a hated rival in Pittsburgh.

There has been multiple reports concerning Coach John Harbaugh’s job security.

After week 4, the Ravens were 3-1 and legit threats to win the AFC North. Since then the Ravens have lost four of their last five games and now, the Ravens season is at a crossroads.

Before we look at the ineffectiveness of the coaching staff, lets not look for a scapegoat (in Harbaugh). The Ravens have beat themselves on the field.

When the Ravens maintained a 3-1 record, they traveled to a mediocre Browns squad who just fired head coach Hue Jackson. This loss is arguably the most painful, as the offense refused to travel and compete.

After a dominating shutout win in Nashville over the Titans, it appeared the mediocre play from Cleveland was simply an outlier. The defense showed up against the #1 offense from New Orleans, yet a missed PAT by Justin Tucker ripped the hearts out of Baltimore.

The last two weeks, both the offense and defense has underachieved. Simply put, the execution on the field hasn’t been there. Over the past two games, Joe Flacco has thrown for an average of 199 yards along with two interceptions.

The play at quarterback has gone from inconsistent to non-existent. The injuries on the offensive front shouldn’t go unnoticed either, as both starting tackles didn’t suit up against the Steelers.

This bye week will help the players get healthy, but should also open the eyes of those condemning coach Harbaugh.

The players are responsible for execution on the field. Whether its injuries or inconsistencies, the Ravens need to get back on track. Now three games back in the loss column, Baltimore’s chances at the division crown are nearly impossible.

The second wild card spot is up for grabs, as the Chargers will likely get the first spot. The Ravens should look to be competing with the Bengals, Colts, Jaguars, and Dolphins for the final spot.

The Ravens have struggled the past four seasons making the playoffs, going 26-31 since 2015. Is the head coach to blame or the contract giving to Joe Flacco, which restricted the Ravens from adding talent?

Here’s a question to sit on as we await the Ravens next game against Cincinnati in two Sundays: If the Ravens part ways with Coach Harbaugh, is there any coach available as good to be a replacement?