Sensitivity was on full display yesterday when the Baltimore Ravens rushed for an NFL-tying record of 43 straight games of 100+ yards. Their streak dates back to November of the 2018 season. They have tied the Pittsburgh Steelers record of 43 games from 1974-1977, and look to break the record next Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts when the Ravens host them in Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium,
The culprit of said sensitivity? The Denver Broncos; especially Head Coach Vic Fangio.
Something tells me Vic Fangio was hoping other #NFL teams would call him asking how they managed to hold the Ravens below 100 yards rushing.
— Nic Mason (@British_Raven19) October 4, 2021
As you can hear through the beeped-out expletives, Fangio and other Broncos players were notably upset with the Ravens’ decision to go for the record. How did we get to this anger? The Ravens had just kicked a field goal, shy of the 100-yard rushing mark by just a handful of yards, and owned a 23-7. The Broncos went down the field on a prevent-themed Ravens defense to Baltimore’s 5-yard line with just 10 seconds left and in a 3rd down and 1-yard situation. With just 10 seconds left, it was near impossible for the Broncos to put up 16 points yet Fangio let his quarterback, Drew Lock, take a shot at the endzone. Lock threw a jump ball that was intercepted by Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett in the endzone for a touchback and Baltimore possession at their own 25-yard line. With just 3 seconds left and 3 yards shy of the record, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh decided to give his players a shot to keep their streak alive and tie an NFL record. As the video above showed, Lamar Jackson ran the ball to the left of the huddle for 5 yards and ended the game, but keeping their streak alive with 102 team rushing yards.
Why was Fangio so upset?
Broncos HC Vic Fangio thought the Ravens’ run at the end of the game was “kind of bull****” and notes he’s never seen anything like that in his 37 years of coaching in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/TltszwLKmW
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 4, 2021
He would say at a press conference that the decision was bull**** and that he expected it. Before we go any further, he clearly didn’t expect it because his defense was not lined up prepared for it. Oof. Strike one, Vic! He then goes on to claim the Ravens’ mode of operation takes the players’ safety secondary. Riddle me this; Vic: if player safety was so important, why, oh, why would you let Drew Lock throw that last interception, knowing it would not change the outcome of the game? Why not tell Lock to take a knee? Oof! Strike two, Vic! Finally, he said that in his 37 years of coaching, he has never seen anything like that. Well, I have, and I just turned 34 Vic. It happens all the time where a player or team is trying to achieve something special and they go for it. Oof! Strike three and you’re out, Mr. Fangio. It’s time to take your saltiness back to the drawing board and focus on your next opponent, who you’ll face as NOT an undefeated team this year.
— I Formation Podcast (@iformpodcast) October 5, 2021
My favorite part of the controversy Monday was Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh having none of it. You can tell from seeing the first smirk on his face that he knew he ruffled some feathers with ol’ dusty raisin, Vic! Harbaugh “thought they were on good terms” before the game, yet clearly doesn’t give a damn that Fangio is upset with him.
He then hits us with the line of the day: “What’s meaningful to us, might not be meaningful to them.” That would be the polite way of saying, we don’t care if they’re livid about it, we care about us. He then adds some fuel to the fire with lines of “we didn’t expect to get the ball back” and “you’re throwing the ball in the endzone with 10 seconds left, I don’t know that there’s a 16-point touchdown that’s going to be possible right there”.
Boom! Checkmate, Vic! You were playing checkers while Harbs was playing chess!