OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh talked Monday about his tense halftime interview with Brent Harris of CSN during Saturday night’s Ravens-Redskins preseason game.
During that interview, Harbaugh gave two curt answers to relevant questions by Harris. Then Harbaugh answered a question about the Ravens’ two-minute defense by saying, “We don’t want to give up touchdowns at two minutes at the end. Give me a good question and I’ll answer it.”
Harbaugh admitted Monday he did not handle the interview well.
“Those halftime interviews are tough, and I don’t think I’m very good at it,” Harbaugh said. “I haven’t been very good with the national group, haven’t been very good with the local group. I think that’s pretty well documented.
“Brent does a great job. We’ve done shows together, he’s a pro, does an excellent job. I just didn’t have an answer, because it was kind of a yes or no kind of a question. Yeah, we’re not happy with what happened there. I didn’t have time to think about it. When you do it after the game, you have 10 minutes or so to kind of organize your thoughts for the media, but I’m not really thinking about the media in that moment. You’re thinking about your team, what you’re going to say to your guys and your halftime adjustments. I got to get better at that.”
By Monday, Harbaugh and Harris were good-naturedly needling each other. At the post-practice press conference, Harris said, “Coach, I got a football question.”
Harbaugh smiled. And when Harris finished asking about the Ravens’ punt and kickoff return competition, Harbaugh smiled and said, “That’s a very good question.”