Ravens coach John Harbaugh rooting for media to ‘tell everybody how bad we are’
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is daring the media to tell everybody how “bad” his team is.
This was what Harbaugh told ESPN Baltimore Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley on June 6.
John Harbaugh: "I expect us to be great on offense, defense and special teams. Anybody wants to wring their hands, I say wring away — I could care less, especially you guys doing the writing. Tell everybody how bad we are. That's what I'm rooting for."
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) June 6, 2019
While the Cleveland Browns have gotten a lot of attention in the AFC North, the Ravens have flown under the radar. Nonetheless, Baltimore safety Tony Jefferson echoed his coach’s sentiments to ESPN on Thursday.
[We] kind of just want to block out that noise. There’s been a lot of talk going on, but that’s really for the media to take hold on that.
We know, in this building, it’s all about us, and we’re working on getting better each and every week — whether it’s a workout , whether it’s being in meetings, anything of that sort.
We’re fully confident, we’re loaded, and we expect to be the best in the NFL.
The Ravens’ lineup is vastly different from a year ago. Baltimore has parted ways with Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Terrell Suggs, Za’Darius Smith, Eric Weddle, and C.J. Mosley. According to Hensley, those players combined for “17 Pro Bowls, 4,608 snaps, and a great measure of respect.”
John Harbaugh is so over Gerald McCoy. Brandon Williams hopes Michael Pierce gets paid. Hayden Hurst is hurt, but only a little. That and more from today's practice, via @giana_jade: https://t.co/pZO3mxf6Mf
— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) June 6, 2019
Hensley predicts the Ravens “could have as many as seven new starters” this season. These include rookies Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson, and Ben Powers.
Baltimore went 10-6 in the 2018 NFL season. Consequently, the Ravens made the postseason for the first time in four years. Unfortunately, they lost to the Los Angeles Chargers in the Wild Card round.
How will the Ravens fare in 2019? If you were to ask John Harbaugh, he feels they will do just fine in all three aspects – offense, defense, and special teams. Let’s wait and see if the media will call his bluff.