John Harbaugh is full of it. If you were Broncos coach Vic Fangio, who would be down 23-7 at home with 30 seconds left and time out in your back pocket, you would also be dodging a cliff.
To get the final word during Monday’s garbage argument about trash time, before standing up and appreciating Fangio’s contemporary Harbaugh with the Baltimore Ravens, keep two things in mind:
1. When we’re riding with the Teddy Bridgewater train ride to the end of the line, No. 5, shall we say, a bit Of a track record when it comes to injuries. Broncos backup quarterback Drew Locke needs — and needs — all low-leverage snaps in “game” situations, at “game” pace you can possibly give him.
2. If you Huh Going to lose, NFL rules encourage close losses on blowouts.
seriously. You have to bow down a bit. But it’s right there in the books. point difference In fact It matters.
See, in the case of a tie to settle the division-winner or wild-card spot, the number 9 tiebreaker is the “best net points in normal games”—that is, games against AFC opponents.
No. 10 tiebreaker? “Best net points in all sports.”
Number 11 tiebreaker? “Best net touchdown in all games.”
Therefore. Even 16 late behind, a depressing cause, I’m pushing it.
That’s why the New York Giants, down 27-7 to the Broncos at home, went to Gonzo after a 2-minute warning in Week 1, to tackle a garbage-time touchdown as time ran out.
“So you’re throwing the ball into the end zone with 10 seconds left?” Harbagh countered on Monday after being called by Fangio earlier in the day. “I don’t know if there’s a 16-point touchdown that’s going to be possible right there.”
Leave us, Johnny. NFL bushido says that if you’re running behind, you keep swinging. Even if it’s stupid, the cartoon-character is swinging while the other guy is punching you hard in the face.
It also says that if you are bigger than the outcome decided, be a gentleman. Be a supporter. Put the sword away.
Fangio, who has carried the NFL shield for nearly four decades, sticks to the written — and unwritten — rules. Harbagh stuck to his ego.
Something about all of this feels a little… personal. Is not it? Uncle Vick knows everyone in this league. He worked with John on the Ravens staff in 2008 and ’09. Then, more significantly, he served as defensive coordinator for John’s brother Jim Harbaugh from 2010–14 – first at Stanford (2010), then with the 49ers (2011–14).
In December 2010, Fangio told the San Francisco Chronicle that his departure from the Ravens was “very mutual”. Several outlets reported that Uncle Vick was bowed to Jim Harbaugh “several times” before agreeing to join the Cardinal’s staff.
“It’s a miracle (that) happened,” Jim told The Mercury News in September 2010. When asked about working with Fangio.
Gushing stuff, mostly. if there Was Bad blood was boiling, just beneath the surface, everyone did a great job of covering it up. Or is it relatively fresh.
When Harbaugh and the Ravens, with three seconds remaining, chose to run the ball with star quarterback Lamar Jackson, rather than kneel, Fangio went ballistic. Channel 9 footage shows a Broncos coach first waving to his defense To get close to the line of scuffle, then, after the play ended, took off his headset and threw it to the ground in disgust.
Temperatures warmed up again on Monday morning, when Fangio called the final play “bull (active) … but I expected that from (Baltimore). Never seen anything like this at Pro Ball at 37. But expect it.” Had to be done. And we expected it.”
The Ravens were chasing an NFL record—43 straight games with at least 100 team rushing yards. Baltimore was at 97 before the final snap. John Harbaugh said in response to Fangio’s barbs on Monday that he went for it, in part, because the Broncos called a timeout for trying to score late. Like it was some personal, sacred insult.
“Their concerns,” Harbaugh told reporters, “are certainly not our concerns.”
When the Ravens coach chimes in about his “concerns,” which is at the top of the list, Number UnoMan’s ego. If the carrot is hanging on the end, none of the sticks are too short.
The man played tailback JK Dobbins in all three Precision Tilts this summer, only to have Dobbins suffer a season-ending knee injury in Game 3. Did we mention that the Ravens were hunting another at the time, who cares about an NFL-record—20 straight exhibition wins?
You can’t reason with them. You can’t rationalize with them. You just let them go, wish them well, and cry for those who care for them. Jackson, in particular.
Forty-three straight games. Congratulations, Johnny. Here is a lollipop. Now stop treating the rest of us like a bunch of suckers.