Tag:John Harbaugh
Posted on: September 27, 2010 5:36 pm

Rice could be back this week

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though it was thought the injury might be a knee sprain that could keep Baltimore RB Ray Rice out a while, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said today Rice had a significant knee contusion but he could return for the Pittsburgh game Sunday.

“We'll see how it goes,” Harbaugh said during his Monday news conference. “You've got to see how it heals throughout the course of the week."

Rice hurt himself early in the fourth quarter Sunday after catching a pass from Ravens QB Joe Flacco and making a cut to try to slip past a Browns defender. He left the stadium on a crutch, but apparently, his injury isn’t that serious.

As the Baltimore Sun points out, if Rice can’t play Sunday, look for Willis McGahee, Le'Ron McClain and Jalen Parmele to get more snaps.

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:51 pm

Harbaugh takes $15,000 hit

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been fined $15,000 for impermissible verbal and physical contact with an official, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hensley.

During Baltimore’s 15-10 loss to Cincinnati, Harbaugh made contact with line judge Ron Marinucci where, according to the Sun, “he was demonstrating how Terrell Suggs legally hit Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer in the ‘strike zone.’”

“I was a little animated in describing the strike zone, and I think he understood the emotions of it,” Harbaugh told reporters Monday. “I’ll make sure that I let him know that I think I was over the line in my animation without question, and that’s never something you want to do. And the point is we had great conversations with those guys throughout the game. We respected – we disagreed and it was animated – but it was respectful throughout. And I know Ron understood that it was respectful, so it should be OK.”

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 7:43 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 9:01 pm

Report: John Harbaugh to be fined for ref contact

Posted by Will Brinson

John Harbaugh wasn't a happy dude on Sunday. His Ravens lost to divisional rival Cincinnati, he really hated the fact that Terrell Suggs drew a personal foul penalty for essentially tackling, and wasn't even very polite to our own wonderfully charming Gregg Doyel (who, by the way, we had on today's podcast ).

Perhaps it was the loss to the Bengals, or perhaps it was Harbaugh knowing he'd get fined for making contact with an official. The latter is what Adam Schefter reported on the television before the kickoff of Monday night.

And a fine would make sense too, given that pretty much anyone who touches an official risks a hefty loss of cash. Add in the fact that Harbaugh appeared to be karate chopping the official in question (see below) as well as the fact that he's a coach and not a player, and there's no doubt that he could be staring down a loss of up to $25,000.

The reality is that the Ravens coach was probably saying, "Come on! He hit him within the acceptable zone for tackling!" -- or something similar to that only more obscene. But the rules are the rules, and you can expect Harbaugh to lose some cash.

Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 4:27 pm

Another blow to the Ravens D

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The injury-depleted Ravens defense just got a little more depleted.

Second-round pick NT Terrence Cody had surgery to repair the meniscus in his knee and will be out two weeks, coach John  Harbaugh told reporters, including Rapid Reporter Jon Gallo . Cody will be considered questionable to return in time for the season opener.

And while it seems unlikely Ed Reed (offseason hip surgery) could play this early in the season, the team will sit down with the perennial Pro Bowl safety to see if Baltimore should start him on the Physically Unable to Play list.
From t he Baltimore Sun:

Reed, who had offseason hip surgery, would miss the first six weeks of the regular season if he is put on the Reserve PUP list. It seem s like Reed is pushing to return soon after speaking with Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome, defensive coor dinator Greg Mattison and secondary coach Chuck Pagano on Monday.

"He wants to come back, but he understands the situation, too," Harbaugh said. "There’s a lot more that goes into it. We have until Saturday to make a decision and I’m sure we’ll take until Saturday to figure that out."

Harbaugh, though, didn't rule out the scenario of Reed playing in the Sept. 13 opener at the New York Jets after sitting out the entire preseason.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 8:26 am
Edited on: August 29, 2010 8:28 am

McGahee is cool about not playing

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

RB Willis McGahee didn’t get a rep in Baltimore’s 14-point victory against the Jets on Saturday, but afterward, he wasn’t upset by not playing and the coaching staff said not to read anything into his absence.

The Baltimore Sun writes that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and McGahee were spotted in the locker room after the game joking around with each other. McGahee also said he knew before the game that he wasn’t going to play. Cameron and McGahee were eventually joined by RBs Le’Ron McClain and Ray Rice.

Coach John Harbaugh explained to reporters why he didn’t feel the need to get McGahee in the game.

"We just don't need to play those guys every single week,” he said. “Willis has gotten reps. He may or may not get some reps next week. I don't think we need to see what Willis McGahee can do. He's touched the ball during the preseason. He does in practice. He's a veteran and we don't need a lot of reps from him.”

Before you say everything is cool in a Ravens running back corps that seems awfully deep at this point, remember what Andy wrote in the middle of this month. Namely, that there are teams interested in trading for McGahee.

So, perhaps Baltimore still is thinking about trading McGahee. Maybe they didn’t play him, because he’s gotten good reviews in training camp by reporting in good shape and the Ravens don’t want to diminish his trade value by sticking him in the game and him possibly stinking. Or maybe they don’t want to trade him, and they’re just saving him for the regular season.

Or maybe, like Harbaugh said, the Ravens know what they have in McGahee and are they don’t need to see him play in an exhibition game.

But if you look at Harbaugh’s quote, he doesn’t say anything about saving McGahee for the regular season. He just says McGahee didn’t need any reps. Which means that the trade rumors will continue.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:23 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 5:40 pm

Harbaugh chews out Ravens' 1st team defense

Posted by Will Brinson

Pretend you're the Ravens' first team defense. You are a mildly mangled, quickly aging human being who may or may not suffer from narcolepsy. And yet, you don't have the Ed Reed-ian confidence you used to to overcome those issues.

Most likely, you're not loving your life right now. Which is why you started crying when your coach, John Harbaugh, screamed at you (according to The Sun's Ravens Insider ) when you let backup running back Curtis Steele rip off a couple back-to-back first downs.

"That is our first-team defense, you've got to be [expletive] me," Harbaugh shouted to the defensive sideline from the middle of the field. "That is our first-team defense getting their [butts] kicked. That is our second-team offensive line."

Now (and yes, I'm done with the Hubie Brown-style second-person stuff), Harbaugh's probably a little frustrated. After all, the Ravens -- as Josh and I mentioned on our spectacular AFC North Podcast Preview -- dominance has shifted to the offensive side of the ball this year.

And the already weak secondary's been ravaged by further injury, so it's a safe assumption that Harbaugh is looking for something to motivate the team, even if he wouldn't talk about the little swearfest following practice. Which he wouldn't, but would you either?

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 10:55 am

Which cornerback will Baltimore sign?

With starting cornerback Domonique Foxworth out for the season (ACL) and the next two corners on the depth chart – Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb – recovering from their own ACL injuries, the Ravens are in the market for a cornerback. Head coach John Harbaugh was quoted in the Baltimore Sun as saying:

“Oh yeah, we’re looking. We look at every position, but I think that’s a position of interest, without a doubt. We’re looking hard, and there are guys out there. We’re studying the guys who are out there, and there are guys on [other teams’] rosters that we’re looking at. So Ozzie and his staff are looking at the whole gamut, and we’re looking at those guys on tape as coaches.”

Walter Harris was signed a few weeks ago, but the aging veteran may not be 100 percent after missing all of last season with an Achilles injury. Chris Carr, a natural dime back, is Baltimore’s best healthy corner.

Harbaugh said that free agent Frank Walker, who was with the team last season, is a possibility. Shawn Springs is another name Harbaugh acknowledged. The Ravens also took a look at Ken Lucas before ultimately deciding to sign Harris. Lucas had a horrendous ’09 season in Seattle (that’s why he’s still a free agent) but he’s only 31 and just a few years removed from being one of highest paid corners in the game.

Another name few people are mentioning but that should at least get consideration is Fred Smoot. He has starting experience, he can cover outside or over the slot and he’s capable of playing physical.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 5:57 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 5:57 pm

Mount Cody falls short in first NFL test

Terrence Cody failed his conditioning test with the Baltimore Ravens today. Though plenty of jokes have been made on Twitter – “how can anyone be surprised?” was the general consensus – it’s tough to understand how this could have happened.

How could Cody, knowing he should be in top physical condition, bomb out on his test, forcing the team to put him (along with CB Walt Harris, who also failed the test) on the Physically Unable to Perform list? I agree with the Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston. This doesn’t set a good precedent.

“I find it hard to believe that a player with the opportunity of a life time, a chance to make millions of dollars, wouldn't be in top condition,” Preston writes. “The problem with Cody is that if he can't invest time to get in shape now, what will he be like four or five years down the road once he has tasted success?”

And it’s not just a lack of discipline. If you’re out of shape, you could be more susceptible to injuries. See Smith, Andre (2009) about that.

Coach John Harbaugh said this to reporters: "We expect all of our guys to be in world-class shape. So, he’ll be in world-class shape soon enough."

--Josh Katzowitz

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