Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio slams Baltimore Ravens’ pursuit of dashing file in ultimate seconds of recreation

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio provided a stinging rebuke Monday of the Ravens‘ pursuit of a dashing file on the final play of Baltimore’s 23-7 win at Empower Subject at Mile Excessive.

The Ravens, in an try and tie a decades-old file for consecutive 100-yard dashing video games, had Lamar Jackson carry the ball on the final play of the day reasonably than take a knee with three seconds remaining.

Jackson gained 5 yards and the Ravens tied the Pittsburgh Steelers for the NFL file of 43 consecutive 100-yard dashing video games. The Steelers set the file within the 1974 to 1977 seasons.

“I believed it was form of bulls—. I anticipated it from them,” Fangio mentioned. “Thirty-seven years of professional ball I’ve by no means seen something like that … however it was to be anticipated, and we anticipated it.”

Requested why the Broncos “anticipated it,” Fangio added: “As a result of I simply understand how they function, that is simply their mode of operations there; participant security is secondary.”

Fangio was a Ravens assistant coach from 2006 to 2009, a interval that included John Harbaugh’s first two seasons as head coach in 2008 and 2009.

After Sunday’s recreation, Harbaugh was requested about working Jackson on the final play.

“It is a type of issues that is significant,” Harbaugh mentioned. “It is a very, very robust file to perform. It is a long-term file. So, I am not going to say it is extra essential than successful the sport, for positive. It is definitely not. However, as a head coach, I feel you try this in your gamers and also you try this in your coaches, and that is one thing they’re going to have for the remainder of their lives.”

Someday later, Harbaugh was shocked by Fangio’s remarks.

“I believed we had been on good phrases,” he mentioned Monday. “We had a pleasant chat earlier than the sport. We have identified one another for a very long time. I promise you, I am not going to offer that insult one second thought.”

Harbaugh mentioned the Ravens had already determined they had been going to attempt to lengthen the streak in the event that they bought the ball again, however Baltimore did not suppose it will occur.

Harbaugh additionally mentioned the explanation the Ravens had the chance to run the ball was as a result of Broncos quarterback Drew Lock threw a ball in the long run zone that was intercepted by Baltimore cornerback Anthony Averett.

“You are throwing the ball in the long run zone with 10 seconds left, I do not know if there is a 16-point landing that is going to be potential proper there,” Harbaugh mentioned. “So that did not have something to do with successful the sport. What’s significant to us won’t be significant to them. We’re not going to concern ourselves with that.”

The Elias Sports activities Bureau couldn’t verify the final time previously 25 years {that a} group gained yards on a play that started within the ultimate 5 seconds whereas main by no less than 10 factors. Elias did discover a play in 1992, when Spencer Tillman ran for a yard with two seconds left when his Houston Oilers led the San Diego Chargers 27-0.

Requested whether or not it was a sportsmanship situation or a participant security situation, Fangio mentioned: “All the above.” Fangio added he believed that hits on extensive receiver Diontae Spencer (chest) and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) — in back-to-back performs within the second quarter — ought to have been penalties, although they weren’t flagged. Neither participant returned to the sport.

“Truthfully, I do not give a s— about that final play, extra so care in regards to the performs by the sport,” Broncos security Kareem Jackson mentioned. “Being it is our job to cease them, they ran it to get their 100 yards or no matter they had been attempting to do. I imply as a complete protection we did not play as much as the usual we set for ourself.”

“I wasn’t actually offended by it; it simply form of appeared like, clearly, the statistical issues are essential to them,” mentioned tight finish Noah Fant. “If it was me, I am getting a win and getting out of there. To every his personal. … We nonetheless misplaced, that is all that issues to me; that is all that issues to us.”

ESPN’s Jamison Hensley contributed to this report.

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