The Ravens lost their third game in a row to the Steelers on Sunday, leaving many wondering what went wrong compared to their hot start at the beginning of the season.
Coach John Harbaugh said he knows something needs to change, but isn’t going to hammer drills and practices as the team heads into its Week 10 bye.
Instead, he is going to give the Ravens a break.
“I know that we’re better off resting at this point,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN. “I think our guys have been hard at work, at it through a long training camp, and it will be good for us to get an opportunity to get off our feet and get our legs back. So I’m looking forward to that.”
The team will still have conditioning and meetings at the beginning of the week, but won’t have full practices or drills, Harbaugh said.
The Ravens are now 4-5 and had several key members injured as they prepared to host the Steelers. Starting offensive tackles Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and James Hurst (back) were sidelined, and linebacker C.J. Mosley was playing on an injured thigh.
Just four weeks ago, the Ravens were 4-2 and on top of the AFC North, which no begs the question of whether or not Harbaugh will be shown the door.
“When you watch the tape (of Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh), we played fast, we played hard,” Harbaugh said. “But are we as fast as we were earlier in the year? Probably not. We’re probably a step off just because it’s Week 9.
“This week is going to help us. It’s going to help us pick that step back up. I’m really excited about that.”