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Harbaugh sticks by offense

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Harbaugh sticks by offense

So how much should be read into Sunday's meltdown vs. the Philadelphia Eagles?

According to Ravens coach John Harbaugh, not too much even though his team abandoned the running game in the second half and opted to pass unsuccessfully.

In particular, the Ravens didn't utilize running back Ray Rice, who had 99 yards on 16 carries. Only 21 of those yards came in the third and fourth quarters after having 78 yards on just seven carries in the first half.

Harbaugh pointed to the Eagles' defensive alignment made running the ball problematic. But he wouldn't indicate who was responsible for the play-calling, quarterback Joe Flacco or offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

"We threw the ball on anything from third-and-1 to (third-and) 4," Harbaugh said Monday. "That's what we did the week before. There will be times when we run the ball. A lot of it was they were stacking the box against us, and when they do that we had some options in there to throw or to run.

"There are options out there. I'm not going to say which way it goes as far as how we do it. Those guys (Flacco and Cameron) are a collaboration in terms of runpass, passrun."

A week ago, the Ravens opened the season with 44 points vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. The offense generated 37 of those points. In that game, Rice had just 10 carries for 68 yards.

Of course, the no-huddle won't always be that efficient when it comes to points. But in third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 on the Ravens' final drive with less than one minute remaining, the situation seemed to call for Rice to carry the ball with fullback Vonta Leach leading the way with his superb blocking skills.

Flacco threw incomplete twice, the final time to Rice out of the backfield.

"Anytime it doesn't work you look back on it and say, 'Wish we would have done something else,'" Harbaugh said. "Maybe we wish I would have called a timeout. We could have gotten re-organized and done some kind of shift. Maybe some kind of a run would have popped through there. Maybe it wouldn't have. Pretty sure if we would have called a run and it hadn't gone (for the first down), you would have been wondering why we hadn't thrown."

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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