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Harbaugh upset with several calls in Ravens' loss to Dolphins


Harbaugh upset with several calls in Ravens' loss to Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, FL. – Ravens coach John Harbaugh was upset with the officiating after Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. He felt the Ravens got a bad spot during a second-quarter drive when they were stopped on fourth down. And Harbaugh felt Ravens wide receiver Daniel Brown should not have been called for pass interference, a call that wiped out a 52-yard TD reception by Brown.

Both calls occurred when the game was still scoreless, and could have turned momentum in the Ravens’ favor.

Here’s what Harbaugh had to say about Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub being marked short of a first down, on fourth-and-inches from the Dolphins’ two-yard line.

“The surge clearly went past the six inches or less that we had to get,” Harbaugh said. “He didn’t give it to us on the spot. You can’t challenge that, because in New York if they can’t see the ball, they’re not going to overturn. Whenever you get surge, the quarterback’s got the ball right up by his chest and he’s in there behind that offensive line, that’s a first. It always is, always has been.”

Harbaugh was even more livid about the pass interference call against Brown, when it appeared Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain simply fell down.

“I think (the official) got it backwards,” Harbaugh said. “He didn’t tell me that, but based on what I’ve been told…he (McCain) pushed off and fell down, and Brown didn’t push at all. He must have just gotten to it backwards. He’s a rookie. He messed it up.”

[RELATED: Ravens drop another close one to Miami]

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?