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John Harbaugh: Ravens trouble running the ball 'not going to be OK'

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The Ravens are only averaging 2.6 yards per carry in the running game.

John Harbaugh wants his team to be able to run the ball. Averaging 2.6 yards per game won't cut it under his watch.
John Harbaugh wants his team to be able to run the ball. Averaging 2.6 yards per game won't cut it under his watch.
Patrick McDermott

John Harbaugh's not happy with the running game.

Averaging just 2.6 yards per carry isn't going to cut it for a coaching staff that philosophically believes in establishing the run. The Ravens have yet to get the ground game going through three games, with both Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce averaging less than three yards per carry.

"That's not going to be OK," Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. "That number is not going to be that number, for one thing. That's going to come up dramatically before the season is over and sooner. We've played some very good fronts."

Harbaugh believes it's an issue that can be corrected. He mentioned the offensive line has to do a better job of executing the run schemes.

"One guy here, one miss there, one bad target in another place, each time that's what holds you back," Harbaugh said. "... Our run game is not where it needs to be. We're going to go to work on that — we have been working on it. We'll continue to do so, and we need to make that important. One thing we've seen that, philosophically, we're going to stick with it. It's something that we think is important. We're going to be able to run the ball here; it is a part of our DNA, and it is part of who we are as a football team. It's going to be important, and we have the people to do it. We've got some big, strong, tough offensive lineman, and we have really good backs."