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John Harbaugh’s aggressive style of coaching part of the game, or disrespectful?

Throughout the Week 17 matchup between the Ravens and Steelers, John Harbaugh made some decisions which rubbed some Steelers fans the wrong way. How do you view those decisions?

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In Week 17 the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens renewed their rivalry for the final time for the 2019 regular season, and they did so in a steady rain at M&T Bank Stadium. It wasn’t the normal affair considering the Ravens rested many of their players in preparation for the playoffs, and the Steelers were just hoping for help to possibly get in to the postseason.

The game ended in a 28-10 win for the Robert Griffin III led Ravens, and the Steelers season ended not with the defeat, but when the Tennessee Titans beat the Houston Texans to do their part of their win-and-in scenario.

What has caused some Steelers fans’ feathers to be ruffled wasn’t just the loss to the Ravens, but a couple plays which many deemed as stepping over the respect line during the defeat.

The first play was when the Ravens decided to run a fake punt at their own 11-yard line, and successfully pulled off the play.

The other was when Griffen was throwing deep with the Ravens already up 28-10.

We talked about this towards the beginning of our Steelers Post-Game podcast yesterday, you can listen in the player below, and it sparked some interesting debate surrounding whether Harbaugh was trying a little too hard to stick it to his team’s biggest rival, or if it is all part of the game of football?

Both sides of the argument have their credence, but I am curious as to what you all think about the specific topic. Let us know by voting in the poll below, and we encourage everyone to voice their opinions in the comment section below. As always, stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes as the team embarks on another lengthy offseason.


How do you view Harbaugh running the fake punt and throwing deep while the game was in hand?

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Fine with both. Gotta stop it. Part of football.
    (3004 votes)
  • 10%
    Fine with the fake, throwing deep was bush league.
    (468 votes)
  • 4%
    The fake was too much, but I was okay with the deep passes.
    (211 votes)
  • 19%
    Both plays were over the line. Right up Harbaugh’s disrespectful alley.
    (871 votes)
4554 votes total Vote Now