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3 Ravens Most to Blame for Loss to Titans in Divisional Round

John Harbaugh
Ravens coach John Harbaugh in loss to Titans | Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens had perhaps the best head coach remaining in the NFL playoffs and the likely MVP, yet still failed to beat the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium in the Divisional Round of the postseason. Considering the Ravens were heavily-favored, fans are sure to point fingers, and we're happy to help with that process. It's hard to harness such animosity towards three members of the franchise specifically, but here's where it should begin.

3. Earl Thomas

Derrick Henry, Earl Thomas
Titans RB Derrick Henry stiff arms Earl Thomas | Will Newton/Getty Images

Why in the world would you provide motivation to the scariest running back in the league before a playoff game? Earl Thomas questioned the Patriots tackling technique after Henry ran through New England's defense last week, and the Alabama product did the same against Baltimore, adding extra emphasis in the stiff arm above in Thomas's face. Come on, man.

2. Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson takes off vs Titans | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

This is sadly an easy one. Despite how successful the Ravens have been with Jackson in the regular season, this marks two straight one-and-done exits thanks in part to a quiet first half. If Jackson is truly to be thought of as a franchise quarterback moving forward, and not just a flash in the pan, he needs to come up big when it counts.

1. John Harbaugh

John Harbaugh
Ravens coach John Harbaugh deserves blame for loss to Titans | Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Harbaugh has won just one playoff game in the past six seasons. The Ravens complacency starts with him, as much as he's revered in Baltimore and around the NFL. He's one of the best coaches in the league, and needs to be held accountable as such.