John Harbaugh has coached the Baltimore Ravens since he was hired in 2008. He made history just four seasons into his tenure becoming the first HC to win a postseason game in each of his first four seasons at the helm. He's gone on to win the Super Bowl.
He's also 3-2 in 2023 and while we can all agree the Baltimore Ravens could easily be 5-0 entering London Week, the truth is that the numbers don't like and the Ravens are barely above .500 rather than they are close to batting a thousand.
And Harbaugh is starting to sound a bit like a broken record these days, let alone after losing games.
"Congratulations to the Steelers, making the plays they had to make to win the game. That was a great win for them. It's a disappointing loss for us," Harbaugh started his press conference with.
Obviously, he followed that with the statements you expected and could have written yourself.
"[We] had our opportunities, obviously, and [we] played hard. I love the way the guys played; they played hard, they fight," Harbaugh said.
"We have to finish plays and do things like that and what you need to do to win a game like this, and we have to fight for that going forward. [We have] a lot of football to be played," the coach added.
In the play that could have started to decide the game, a very simple decision had to be made: kick a 40-yard field goal and bag three points, or go for it on a 4th-and-2 and maybe get nothing. You bet what happened next.
Harbaugh explained that there was "just a miscommunication" on that play and "[in the] heat of the battle," and that the Ravens were "planning on kicking the field goal."
That's great, and that's what the team and the coaches should have done. What makes little to no sense is just throw in the offensive unit if you plan on kicking the field goal with the clock approaching zero and not really that much time to kill heading into halftime.
Yes, little details count and you can understand the decision to a certain extent, but you just cannot account for the little, tiny, unpredictable mistakes that can happen by putting the play in danger. Alas, the snap and the 4th-and-2, let alone the three points, getting trashed.
But that was, again, just one of many plays that made no sense on Sunday and led to the Ravens' demise.
The Ravens ate a safety after the Steelers blocked a punt inside the Flock's red zone. The play-calling was dubious at best as the Ravens only went 5-14 on third-down plays and didn't complete any of their two fourth-down plays. They dominated through the first two quarters, but then absolutely floundered in the second half giving Pittsburgh all the opportunities they could take--and then some--to pull off their comeback.
It might be soon to call this season a disaster, but mostly because of simple errors and misjudgements the Ravens are 3-2 instead of 5-0 and 2-1 in the AFC North (and in second position behind the Steelers) instead of 3-0 and looking like a lock for the postseason.
Is a change needed, and even more interestingly, coming? Only time will tell.