Can John Harbaugh Spark Baltimore Ravens?
“We’ll do whatever it takes: we’ll trade guys, we’ll cut guys, we’ll sign guys, we’ll coach guys, we’ll change schemes,” Harbaugh said. “It doesn’t matter. We have to find a way to get better. That’s the business we’re in. We’ve got the men for the job. I like our guys but that’s what we’ve got to continue to work on. This week’s a chance to really focus on that.”
Strong words indeed.
The funny thing is, some of this stuff has already happened. A few weeks ago the Ravens traded fourth and fifth round draft picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars for starting LT Eugene Monroe. The guy he replaced, Bryant McKinnie, was traded to the Miami Dolphins just a few days ago. The Ravens were also using more shotgun and spread formations against the Steelers, yielding pretty good results for the most part as Joe Flacco had one of his better performances of the season.
The real question now is will the team rally behind Harbaugh? It’s obvious that his words aren’t hollow, and he’s right to want change if things aren’t working out. Harbaugh himself shouldn’t be excluded in the changes, either, as some questionable coaching decisions in the past few weeks could have cost the team wins.
Last year, the firing of then offensive coordinator Cam Cameron helped spark this team. More than anything else, though, was Ray Lewis announcing this would be his last ride right before the playoffs, giving the team a huge shot of “emotional steroids” that carried them all the way to the title.
Will Harbaugh’s speech yield the same results this year? Probably not, but with an extra week to work things out, you could probably expect a better effort from the whole team. That’s what we should expect; is it what we’ll get? Stay tuned.
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