There’s no denying that running back Ray Rice just hasn’t been the same this season.
Rice gained just 30 yards on 18 carries Sunday against Cincinnati, an average of 1.7 yards per carry. This season, he is averaging 2.5 yards per rush, the lowest mark in the entire NFL among qualified running backs and atypical for the three-time Pro Bowler.
Rice’s struggles have led fans and now media members to wonder whether backup Bernard Pierce should leapfrog Rice and be the Ravens’ featured running back.
On Monday, Head Coach John Harbaugh said that distinction of the starting back is irrelevant, but did leave open the possibility for Pierce to see more of the action.
“Both of those guys are going to get a large number of carries, and I think whichever guy is playing better should get more carries as we go forward,” Harbaugh said.