John Harbaugh says Ravens coaches’ headsets failed vs. Cardinals

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Ravens’ headsets went out during final drive vs. Cardinals
Tuesday October 27th, 2015

The Baltimore Ravens coaching staff had serious issues with their headsets during the team’s final drive of Monday night’s game, head coach John Harbaugh said following the game.

As the Ravens were driving down the field trailing the Arizona Cardinals, 26–18, with under two minutes left, the coaches’ headsets went out, forcing them to yell instructions to the offense.

“We lost the phones,” Harbaugh said, according to “There’s always going to be some confusion, but the good thing was we got everything done fast. We didn’t lose any time, I don’t believe—we’ll go back and study—but, according to the clock, we got things done pretty darn quick. But the phones were going out, so he couldn’t hear. A lot of the phones were going out on that drive.

“So (offensive coordinator) Marc (Trestman) had to yell, we couldn’t get the personnel group, so guys had to run the personnel group on and off. All those kinds of things were really challenging to be honest with you.”

The headset issues didn’t seem to affect the Ravens much, as they moved from their own 24-yard line to within four yards of the end zone in 1:35. The drive ended with quarterback Joe Flacco throwing a pass into the end zone that was intercepted by safety Tony Jefferson.

Harbaugh’s gripe with the headsets is the third time that communication issues have come up this season. Bills head coach Rex Ryan complained about headset issues after his team’s game in London on Sunday, and the Patriots’ radio broadcast was streamed into the Steelers headsets during the season opener.

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