Suggs’ criticism OK with coach

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OWINGS MILLS — Coach John Harbaugh didn’t seem to mind linebacker Terrell Suggs‘ criticism of the offensive gameplan against Jacksonville.

Following Baltimore’s 12-7 loss to the Jaguars, Suggs expressed disappointment in how little running back Ray Rice touched the ball.

“It baffles me that Ray Rice only had (eight) carries,” Suggs told reporters after the game. “This is a Pro Bowl running back we’re talking about.”

On those eight carries, Rice totaled just 28 rushing yards. Harbaugh said the problem came with Baltimore not picking up first downs on the team’s first nine possessions. As long as the Ravens weren’t moving the chains, the carries wouldn’t add up.

“I have a lot of respect for Terrell Suggs,” Harbaugh said. “Terrell Suggs’ heart is always in the right place.” 

Harbaugh added he agreed with Suggs’ assessment of the offense not getting its best playmaker involved enough.

“He’s got to get more than eight carries,” Harbaugh said. “I also think when you’re a play caller you’re searching for things to get you going.”

S Reed, NT Cody OK; CB Smith ankle experiencing soreness

Safety Ed Reed (shoulder) and nose tackle (shoulder) Terrence Cody appear to be OK, said Harbaugh.

Both players ran into each other on a play in the fourth quarter and were slow to get up. Reed described his injury as a stinger.

Cornerback Jimmy Smith, active for the first time since Week 1’s Pittsburgh game due to a high ankle sprain, was experiencing soreness as the game went on. He only played on special teams.

Rice not benched in second quarter

An ESPN reporter speculated that Rice and running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery were involved in a rift on the sideline, that possibly resulted in Rice being benched in the second quarter

Harbaugh denied Rice was benched and said he was unaware of any conflict between Rice and Montgomery.

“I don’t know if anything was said but I do know they gave a great relationship with each other,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh: Criticism of offense warranted

Harbaugh was asked if criticism directed toward offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is warranted after Baltimore’s performance Monday night.

“It’s warranted for all of us,” Harbaugh said. “I think we all deserve to have fingers pointed at us when the offense plays like that.”

Harbaugh then defended Cameron, saying he has confidence in his offensive coordinator to correct the mistakes made.

“Cam’s got broad shoulders,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a tough guy and has been doing this a long time. … Nobody’s going to fight harder to make this offense achieve what it’s capable of achieving. It’s still early in the season but we can’t afford poor performances like that.”

Harbaugh said that himself, Cameron and quarterback Joe Flacco will meet this week to work on correcting what went wrong against Jacksonville.

“It won’t be Oprah, it will be football,” Harbaugh quipped.

Quick slants

The Ravens will ask the NFL for an explanation for a penalty called on safety Bernard Pollard. Pollard was drew a personal foul penalty on a tackle referees believed to have been off of a launch or with head-to-head contact.

Replay showed Pollard led with his shoulder as his head went across the receiver’s chest, which should have been ruled a legal hit.

“I don’t know what other way to coach him,” Harbaugh said. “But if they give us some insight to that it would help us.”

By Jason Butt

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