Harbaugh apologizes to Haley, Chiefs
John Harbaugh was apologetic after his Baltimore Ravens' 31-13 preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
At issue was that Chiefs coach Todd Haley apparently took issue with Ravens reserves tacking on a couple of fourth-quarter touchdowns, the last of which came with just five seconds to play on a 1-yard run by rookie running back Anthony Allen.
Harbaugh said he would have never done such a thing in a regular season game, but that the preseason is for evaluation and he wanted to get his younger players some work late in the game, even using a couple of timeouts on the final drive.
“I want to apologize to the Chiefs if they feel like we were not doing the right thing at the end of the game,” Harbaugh told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. “The mindset was this is preseason. If this had been regular season, we would have been on a knee. The idea in that situation is to give these young guys who work hard and who are trying to make a football team to play the whole 60 minutes and give them a chance to show what they could do.”
Haley appeared to have choice words for Harbaugh during their post-game handshake. It is not his first time in that regard. Last year, after a 49-29 loss to the Denver Broncos, Haley scolded Broncos then Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels rather than shake his hand in the postgame.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com