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NFL coaches face daily challenges the public never sees. For Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, one of his most pivotal moments of the season came in a closed-door team meeting way back on Halloween as the team was returning from a bye, fresh off their 43-13 pasting at the hands of the Houston Texans. Harbaugh told the team they were practicing in full pads and the players nearly revolted.
"It was practically a mutiny," one Ravens player told Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports in a terrific piece. "It came very close to getting out of control. But the way Coach Harbaugh handled it was amazing. He let people have their say, and he listened, and he explained himself, and pretty soon it was like a big group-therapy session. In the end, a lot of positive things were said. We didn't practice in pads, but we came out of there stronger as a group."
Several players, including safeties Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, openly challenged Harbaugh and the meeting soon turned into a back-and-forth session where players griped about Harbaugh's perceived shortcomings.
"I've never seen a head coach handle anything like that as well as he did," one Ravens assistant said. "There were some things said where we were like, Damn."
Some of the complaints from Harbaugh's players: His mood swings and treatment of players. The team's no-huddle offense was brought up.
"I wasn't threatened by it," Harbaugh told Silver. "That's the main thing. And, you know, they had some good points, and I had some good points. Other guys stood up and said some great things. To me, it embodied everything that you should have on a team." Source: NFL.com Attached Thumbnails
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Baltimore Ravnes head coach John Harbaugh told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports that his players almost turned on him before their bye week.
Harbaugh told his players that they would be practicing in pads after getting blown out and embarrassed by the Houston Texans. It didn’t go over well and things almost got really ugly.
Practicing in pads did not go over well with some of...
The Baltimore Ravens may have one of the best records in football, but that doesn’t mean their season has been free of problems — both on the field and behind the scenes. In fact, just last month head coach John Harbaugh found himself having to work through a player revolt that started when several Ravens veterans did not want to practice in pads.
According to Michael Silver...
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who’s eligible to
return to practice this week, is on pace to rejoin the team earlier than
anticipated, reports Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun.
Without saying that Lewis would practice Thursday — the
first day he is eligible to do so — coach John Harbaugh said the 37-year-old
linebacker is on pace to return earlier than anticipated...
Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis might not return to practice this week even though he's expected back soon from a torn right triceps. Lewis underwent surgery and is on injured reserve-designated to return. He's eligible to start practicing Thursday and can't play in a game until Dec. 16 against the Denver Broncos. "Ray Lewis is here, he's rehabbing,...
The Baltimore Ravens continued their practice preparations on Thursday as they get ready to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Thursday injury report shows just a few minor changes for the 9-2 team.
Not practicing for a second straight day for the Ravens were tight end Ed Dickson (knee), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, knee), and wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle)...
The Baltimore Ravens started their practice preparations on Wednesday as they get set to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
The Wednesday injury report for the Ravens shows that cornerback Jimmy Smith (abdomen) remains sidelined and has already been ruled out for the game as expected.
Not practicing for the Ravens on Wednesday were tight end Ed Dickson (knee), linebacker Dannell...
Yup, Sports Friends might be our favorite new thing ont he web. With Ray Lewis injured, Ray Rice asks Joe Flacco to give the team’s pre-game speeches.
Ravens return specialist Jacoby Jones' stellar season has been recognized by the NFL,he was honored as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month today. Jones' pair of kick returns for touchdowns tied for an NFL high.
He had a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown during a 55-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
And Jones contributed a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown...
Captain Comeback Scott Kacsmar looks at clutch 4th-and-20 conversions since 2000, Houston's continuing overtime drama, Matt Ryan sets more records, and the Steelers play "Hot Potato in Cleveland."
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When the Denver Broncos (8-3) face the Baltimore Ravens (9-2) in Week 15, Ray Lewis could be out on the field at middle linebacker for the Ravens.
Lewis tore his triceps in October, but has been recovering well, according to ESPN:
“Coach John Harbaugh now thinks Lewis will play in the regular season. “That’s a best...
While Ray Rice continued to bask in the glow of his 29-yard, catch-and-run on fourth-and-29 against the San Diego Chargers, quarterback Joe Flacco admitted that he didnt do any reflecting on the play and he didnt plan to.
We got away with one and Ill be glad. I could have looked like a big-time idiot if we dont get that play, Flacco said. I kind of went out on a limb...
n addition to a trio of starters in inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, cornerback Corey Graham and tight end Ed Dickson missing Wednesdays practice, wide receiver and return specialist Jacoby Jones was also sidelined.
Five players were limited in practice. They were free safety Ed Reed (shoulder), strong safety Bernard Pollard (chest), wide receiver Torrey Smith (thigh), defensive...
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The Baltimore Ravens' banged-up defense has enjoyed a resurgence during the team's four-game winning streak.
That has a chance to continue against a Pittsburgh Steelers offense that has struggled without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who appears increasingly likely to miss a third straight game.
The Ravens can clinch a playoff berth - and perhaps the AFC North title ...
This Sunday, in NFL Week 13’s late afternoon headliner, the 9-2 Baltimore Ravens have the opportunity to all but lock up first place in the AFC North division by knocking off the 6-5 Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Ravens look to cap off an undefeated three-game stretch, which has been described as the most difficult part of their schedule. They...