Harbaugh: running game is 'the major problem' on offense'
Left tackle Eugene Monroe is still looking for his first win this season.
The Jaguars were 0-4 when they traded Monroe to the Ravens. Monroe made his first start with Baltimore on Sunday and had to deal with after another defeat, a 19-17 decision to the Packers.
One play that Monroe was involved in was costly. With 12 seconds left Sunday’s first half, Packers linebacker Nick Perry beat Monroe on an outside rush and stripped the ball from Joe Flacco. Green Bay recovered the fumble, setting up an easy 31-yard field goal by Mason Crosby to give the Packers a 6-0 lead at halftime.
Considering the Packers won by two points, Monroe getting beat on that play was huge. It also opened up Ravens coach John Harbaugh to criticism that he should have told Flacco to take a knee, rather than trying to make a play just 12 seconds before halftime, with the Ravens at their own 34-yard line.
Monroe took responsibility for the strip sack, but thought his good moments outweighed the bad.
“I took a bad set, the guy got around, and was able to knock the ball out,” Monroe said. “That’s tough. That’s the worst thing that can happen to you at tackle, but you’ve got to move on from it. It happens, next play."
“I felt solid. I’ll definitely check the film and access it a little more. But I think I did a good job. I felt comfortable. The communication with K. O. (Kelechi Osemele) right next to me was good. We were on the same page.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh agreed with Monroe’s assessment.
“Overall, Eugene played well,” Harbaugh said. “He played a good game, pass protection and run. That was an unfortunate play, obviously. He got beat there by a good pass rusher, but he played a good game.”
The Ravens did not even activate former starting left tackle Bryant McKinnie on Sunday, clearly counting on Monroe to be their guy from this point forward. Monroe has gotten through his first game as a Raven. Now he hopes to get his first victory Sunday in Pittsburgh.