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Harbaugh calls play that didn't work "All-time worst call ever"

Harbaugh calls play that didn't work "All-time worst call ever"

BALTIMORE – Ravens coach John Harbaugh did not hold back, when asked what he thought of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s play call that led to Joe Flacco’s fourth-quarter interception Sunday.

“All-time worst call ever,” said Harbaugh, after the Ravens barely held on to beat the Eagles, 27-26. “I’ll take responsibility for it. I should have vetoed it right away. I like an aggressive mindset, but that was way too aggressive. It’s the worst play call we’ve had, and it’s my fault. “

Harbaugh took the blame, but Mornhinweg made the call. And the sudden change in momentum almost cost the Ravens the game.

The Ravens were leading, 27-17, and had first-and-10 at the Eagles’ 11, with just 6:17 left to play. They could have easily called three running plays, burned a couple of minutes off the clock, and at worst kicked a field goal. Instead, they passed. It became a disastrous play, when Joe Flacco didn’t see Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks, who made an easy interception.

No touchdown. No field goal. And the Eagles had life. They roared back for a field goal, then a touchdown, and only an Eagles failed two-point conversion with four seconds to play kept the Ravens from suffering a crushing defeat.

Not everyone in the Ravens locker room was ready to bash the play. Flacco said he loved Mornhinweg’s aggressive mindset in that situation.

“To be honest with you, my thought was, ‘Shoot, Marty is going to give me a third touchdown pass on the day,’’’ Flacco said. “I was kind of happy about it at that point, I mean, being selfish, but  you’ve got to just take care of the football and it’s a non-issue.’’

But once Flacco threw the interception, it became a major issue. And since Mornhinweg only became offensive coordinator in Week 6, after Marc Trestman was fired, it raised even more speculation as to whether Mornhinweg would return next season.

After the game, the Ravens were simply relieved to win. Nobody may have been more relieved than Mornhinweg.   

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

If you want to sign Dez Bryant in 2018, it will have to be on a one-year deal.

The 29 year-old wide receiver turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens in hopes of finding a one-year deal that enables him to test the open market again in 2019, Ed Werder of The Doomsday Podcast first reported.

Bryant - who finished 2017 with 69 receptions, 838 yards and six touchdowns -  is predicating a bounce back season in 2018 with hopes of a big money, long-term contract in 2019.

The offer was similar to that of Michael Crabtree's three-year, $21 million deal, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. The Ravens had to offer Bryant a multi-year deal in order to fit his number under the salary cap.

Since turning down their offer, the Ravens signed former Saints WR Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million contract. 

Bryant will now have to wait until after the 2018 NFL Draft to work out a deal with an organization, if one is still searching for a wide receiver going in to the tail end of his career. 

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.

Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.

Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."

He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."

Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.

In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.

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