Ravens’ John Harbaugh tells Bills’ Sean McDermott to ‘win the whole thing’
John Harbaugh does not hope the team he loses to in the playoffs will immediately lose in the next round. That was his message to the Buffalo Bills and head coach Sean McDermott following the Baltimore Ravens’ loss to the Bills in the divisional round of the 2020 NFL Playoffs.
John Harbaugh to Sean McDermott: “Go win the whole thing.”
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 17, 2021
Harbaugh, having lost to the Bills, knows how hard it is to win a Super Bowl. He has won one Super Bowl as a head coach with the Ravens in 2013 when he faced his brother Jim and the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. He had the added pressure of the battle between the coaches with his younger brother Jim, who has since moved into the college ranks, coaching Michigan.
McDermott’s path to a potential Super Bowl, which would be the first appearance for the Bills since 1993, is not going to be an easy one after beating the Ravens on Saturday night. Barring a massive upset, the Bills will have to face Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game next week. The Chiefs are looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, a feat that hasn’t happened since the Patriots won back to back in 2004 and 2005.
While Harbaugh is saying all the right things now to the Bills, another loss in the playoffs continues to pour doubts on his quarterback, Lamar Jackson’s, ability to win in the playoffs. While there does not appear to be any friction in the Ravens organization as of yet, the clock may be ticking for both of them to figure out a way to get over the hump and win the big one.
While the Ravens try to put the pieces together in an offseason which is just beginning, the Bills are now one win away from playing in the big one — in Tampa on February 7 inside Raymond James Stadium.