The Ravens came into Week 4 of the 2021 NFL Season on a near-historic streak. They had rushed for 100 yards as a team for 42 straight weeks going into Mile High City. Sunday, they looked to tie an NFL record for 43 consecutive weeks of accomplishing that feat.
Leading 23-7, the Ravens had the ball with time winding down, typically primed to enter victory formation. However, Head Coach John Harbaugh realized they were just three yards shy from tying the 1974-77 Pittsburgh Steelers for the NFL record. So, on the game’s final play, the Ravens chalked up a run for Lamar Jackson. The former MVP went beyond the tackles for five yards, continuing the streak and tying the NFL record.
However, the Head Coach on the opposite sideline did not perceive the historic play very well. Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio. The 63-year-old head coach used some colorful language Monday morning when remarking on the final play of their 7-23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
“I thought it was kind of bullshit. But I expected it out of them. Thirty-seven years in pro ball, I’ve never seen anything like that, but it was to be expected and we expected it… Because I know how they operate, That’s their mode of operation there. Player safety is secondary.”Vic Fangio
John Harbaugh also spoke to the media this morning and discussed the decision to go for the record. He insisted that the decision to go for the record wasn’t spontaneous. Harbaugh also responded to the comments made by Fangio and even answered back with a counterargument of his own.
“I had already decided — we decided — that if we got the ball back, we were gonna try to get the yards. And we got it back with three seconds left. So you’re throwing the ball in the end zone with 10 seconds left, I don’t know that there’s a 16-point touchdown that’s gonna be possible right there. So, you know, that didn’t have anything to do with winning the game. Like I said what’s meaningful to us might not be meaningful to them, and we’re not gonna concern ourselves with that.”John Harbaugh
Vic Fangio was a member of Coach Harbaugh’s staff back in 2008 and 2009. Fangio then worked under John’s brother Jim Harbaugh at Stanford in 2010, before following Jim back into the NFL as a member of his staff on the San Francisco 49ers. So obviously then, Fangio and John have a working history with one another. Perhaps emotions were just high for Fangio following the tough loss.
Either way, each team should be looking ahead to next week at this point. Fangio and the Denver Broncos (3-1) travel to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3). Coach Harbaugh and the Ravens (3-1) have an extra day this week to prepare for a home matchup in Baltimore with the Indianapolis Colts (1-3).