Six NFL head coaches decided to bench their starting quarterbacks in Week 2, some looking for any type of offensive spark. While he had several reasons to do so, Ravens coach John Harbaugh wasn’t one of them.
Harbaugh wouldn’t neither confirm nor deny to reporters on Monday that he at least thought about pulling Joe Flacco in favor of Marc Bulger despite a career-high four-interceptions against the Bengals.
“I wouldn’t probably share that with you if there was,” Harbaugh admitted.
Harbaugh was careful not to single out his quarterback as the focal point of the team’s offensive struggles, and what he did do was give Flacco a vote of confidence.
“He’s going to play a lot better, I guarantee you that,” Harbaugh said.
“He’s always bounced back,” he went on to explain. ”He bounced back from a tough first half and led us on that [scoring] drive to start the second half. He’s always done (it in) the past. He’ll do it. That’s the kind of person he is. He’s a competitive guy. He’s a talented guy. He’s starting his third year. So you look around, you look at the history, there are going to be ups and downs.”
Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun writes that Harbaugh is right, history does suggest Flacco will rebound.
– Frank Tadych