The Baltimore Ravens lost last week but the game wasn’t without controversy. The controversial 2-point conversion call that cost them a chance at victory is one of many points of discussion in sports today.
The “rex ryan” is a former NFL Coach who has recently criticized the controversial 2-point conversion call that was made by Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. Ryan says he hated the play and it should not have been called.
With Lamar Jackson facing one of the best teams in the NFL in the Green Bay Packers, the Baltimore Ravens’ chances of winning on Sunday were slim. They did, however, have a chance with less than a minute remaining in the game.
However, after scoring a game-tying touchdown with 42 seconds remaining, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh chose to try for the victory by attempting a 2-point convert. The decision didn’t go Baltimore’s way, and they lost 31-30, earning Harbaugh a lot of flak in the process.
So far, who has been among his harshest critics? Rex Ryan, who was Harbaugh’s defensive coordinator in 2008, is a former NFL coach.
Against the Packers, the Baltimore Ravens tried a game-winning 2-point convert.
In their Week 15 clash with the Ravens, it seemed as if the Packers were poised to pull away with the game. Green Bay led 31-17 with under 10 minutes remaining after Lamar Jackson was ejected.
However, after scoring a touchdown with 4:47 left to make it 31-24, Baltimore earned a stop and then scored again on a Tyler Huntley touchdown run with 42 seconds left to make it a one-point game. However, instead of going for the game-tying extra point, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh decided to try for two.
Huntley (who has shown to be a quarterback worth trading for) rolled to his right and threw the ball to tight end Mark Andrews in the end zone on the play. However, the throw was incomplete, and the Packers went on to win 31-30.
Since the Ravens had all of the momentum in the game, the call was obviously debatable. Rex Ryan, on the other hand, despised not just the choice, but also the play call.
John Harbaugh’s decision was slammed by Rex Ryan.
On Oct. 2, 2011, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (left) and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (right). | Getty Images/Christopher T. Assaf/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service
Rex Ryan has never been shy to express his thoughts, whether it was during his coaching tenure or now as a regular on ESPN.
He also had a lot to say about his former colleague’s choice to try for the 2-point conversion on Dec. 20.
Ryan remarked on Get Up, “I despised the play.” “You have two choices: you can either run the ball or throw it to Andrews.” Andrews is fantastic, but it belongs in the drop-back game. I’d want the whole field. And if you rush out, you’ll have a fourth of the field to yourself. You only have one receiver in there, and you have a fourth of the field to throw to.”
Harbaugh’s choice was questioned by Ryan since the Ravens had momentum, unlike when they went for two points against the Steelers in Week 13. As a result, they should have put their faith in their defense to produce a stop and force OT.
“You had scored the last 13 points, and you have the best kicker in our sport’s history; their (the Packers’) kicker has been terrible this year.” “I would have taken my risks,” Ryan said.
Later, the former New York Jets head coach reaffirmed his disdain for the play, stating, “The play was godawful.”
But, on the whole, he made some valid arguments. The Ravens’ offense was on fire, and their defense had limited the Packers to a field goal after they took over at the Baltimore 29-yard line. On the Packers’ following drive, it forced a punt.
Rather of trusting the squad that had been playing well, Harbaugh went for two and missed, putting the Ravens on the outside looking in for the playoffs.
The Ravens are on the verge of missing the playoffs due to John Harbaugh’s blunder.
The Ravens paid a high price for John Harbaugh’s choice to go for two. They went from being the best team in their division and a top-four seed in the AFC to finishing eighth in the conference, one place short of the playoffs.
The Ravens, according to The New York Times, had a 70% chance of reaching the playoffs going into their game versus the Packers. However, their defeat to Green Bay reduced their chances of doing so to 54 percent. Baltimore’s schedule isn’t getting any easier, with games against the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, and Pittsburgh Steelers all to come.
Regardless of how you look at it, John Harbaugh’s choice cost him a lot of money. But it might have cost the Ravens more than just the game; it may have jeopardized their playoff aspirations.
Pro Football Reference provided the statistics.
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