Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he made a mistake in not having someone cover Ray Rice last week when the Ravens running back took a short pass 43 yards on a third-and-7 in the second quarter.
The catch, the biggest play of the game for the Ravens, helped them drive 80 yards in eight plays to tie the game 10-10 in the second quarter.
“I should have had a game coming over the back, which I usually do. I always have,” Ryan said Friday in his weekly media session. “That was a late call we put in during the sideline, ’cause we saw Sean Lee run over the back of him – almost killed him – so we gave it another shot. Kid slipped out after he got hit. It was a good play on their part.”
Ryan said no one should blame Lee for that coverage, even though it looked like Rice was Lee’s responsibility.
“That was definitely on me,” Ryan said.
Ryan also blamed himself for not sending more pressure on a third-and-14 earlier coming out of the two-minute warning in the second quarter. The Ravens converted with a 20-yard catch by Anquan Boldin against coverage by inside linebacker Bruce Carter. The completion was part of another eight-play, 80-yard drive, this time for a 17-10 lead.
“We didn’t execute properly,” Ryan said.
-- Carlos Mendez