John Harbaugh talks banning little-known play call used by the Patriots

Baltimore Ravens v New England Patriots
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The Patriots special teams shocked the NFL world in week two when Brenden Schooler blocked a field goal in impressive fashion.

It was a play call that hasn't been used much, if at all, but because this is a New England team coached by a man who loves the third unit of a football team, it's not at all surprising that Bill Belichick pulled this card out in a Sunday Night Football game.

Other than the moment bringing attention to Schooler, who has been a rising start for the team since he was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2021, many people began to question if the was legal and, if it was, how it had never been used before.

And, of course, because the Patriots successfully executed the little-known play, the question of possibly banning its usage in the future became a topic of conversation.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who has a history of taking issue with what New England does and even had a significant involvement in "deflategate," was asked if the league should consider banning the play.

Shockingly, he defended the play and called it 'brilliant.'

"It doesn't need to be ruled out because all you have to do is change the tempo of your snap count so it's more of a surprise play. I think now people, if that's something a team might do against them, they'll just change the timing of their snap count. But what a good idea that was. They got it, it was a great play. I thought it was brilliant."

It will be interesting to see if other teams raise concern over it simply because of who first used it. It has been a repeated pattern to see teams bring awareness to something great the Patriots did and want to have a vote on whether it should be legal or not.

Given that it didn't help them win the game against the Dolphins last week, perhaps the rest of the league will look the other way. If it had helped avoid a loss, then it's safe to assume we'd be hearing about an owner's vote at the end of the season.