The Ravens tried a trick play that didn’t work Sunday, but you might see more of them during the final two games.
A Ravens’ fake punt attempt was thwarted, when punter Sam Koch was stopped two yards short, after he tucked the ball away and ran on fourth-and-nine. It was a huge gamble by the Ravens from their own 17-yard line, already trailing the Chiefs, 14-7, in the second quarter.
However, considering their record (4-10) and their injury-depleted lineup, why not? Coach John Harbaugh is aggressive by nature and vows to stay that way.
“We’re trying to create a play, we’re trying to win a football game,” Harbaugh said. “And it came up two yards short. Someone came off the block and made a play. That’s what we’re doing. If you think I’m going to go into a shell with this football team and not go for it, especially when we’re down 21-7 (actually it was 14-7), for one second – that’s not who I am. It hasn’t been that way since 2008 (Harbaugh’s first season as head coach), and it’s not going to be that way. So if anybody wants to criticize us for going for it and being aggressive, have at it. I’m not apologizing for that.”
The Chiefs scored a touchdown just three plays after stopping the fake punt, and they never looked back. But that clearly will not keep Harbaugh from taking more chances.