It's hard to get too worked up about the preseason on either end of the spectrum, but the Ravens managed to ruffle some feathers Friday night. In the final minute of the 31-13 preseason win over the Chiefs at M&T Bank Stadium, Ravens quarterback Hunter Cantwell threw a long pass to rookie receiver LaQuan Williams, then the Ravens called a pair of timeouts so their third-stringers could tack on another touchdown.
Kansas City coach Todd Haley apparently wasn’t pleased about the late score, and at the podium after the game, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh offered an apology to Haley and the Chiefs and explained his mindset.
"The mindset was this is preseason. If this had been regular season, we would have been on a knee,” he said after the game. “The idea in that situation is to give these young guys who work hard and who are trying to make a football team to play the whole 60 minutes and give them a chance to show what they could do."
I understand Harbaugh’s logic. You want to put your roster bubble boys in a position to prove themselves, and we learned a little bit about some offensive players down the stretch. I didn’t really have an issue with the Ravens dialing up that bomb.
But I thought calling those two timeouts afterward was overkill. Besides, wouldn’t you learn even more if you put those youngsters and journeymen in a no-huddle situation there?
Haley is a combustible guy, and I can see how Harbaugh’s decision to utilize every second of the game lit his short fuse. Not running up the score is an unspoken rule (one that Steve Spurrier never figured out when he was with the Redskins).
That being said, I didn’t even feel strongly enough about this minor controversy to include it in my Seven Points post after the game. Instead, I opted to write about Tyrod Taylor for my final point.
But I was unplugged this weekend -- no scouring the Internet or listening to talk radio for me -- so I want to know what you guys thought about Harbaugh’s late-game tactics on Friday night. Based on a handful of comments on Mike Preston’s blog post, it sounds like most of you have Harbaugh’s back on this one.
Your turn: Did Haley and the Chiefs have a right to be upset about the Ravens trying to score late in Friday night’s game?Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times