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REPORT: John Harbaugh and Ravens Could Part Ways After 2018 Season

November 12, 2018 - 9:46 am

By Joe Schiller

John Harbaugh’s seat has increasingly began to warm in the midst of the Ravens’ three-game losing streak.

At 4-5, they host the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday after a bye this week but Harbaugh’s fate as head could may already be sealed.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that the Ravens and Harbaugh are likely to mutually part ways following the season.

La Canfora also noted that a in-season firing is unlikely.

It would be the end of an era in Baltimore, but one that’s produced mediocre results since the 2012 Super Bowl-winning season. Since hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans, the Ravens have made the playoffs just once, a 10-6 season fueled primarily by the efforts of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.

The other four seasons – 8-8, 5-11 (a fluke season with a plethora of injuries, 8-8 and 9-7. The last two years could have been playoff berths but instead, resulted in last-second heartbreak.

If the two sides decide to follow through and part ways, Harbaugh will be a highly sought-after coach but that doesn’t mean the Ravens would be silly to let him go.

After a while, the message gets stale.

Harbaugh set a winning precedent when he first arrived in 2008. The Ravens made the playoffs five of the first six seasons and as mentioned before, won a Super Bowl. An organization like the Ravens are expected to compete for the playoffs pretty much every year.

Harbaugh’s gambled on loyalty. He’s stuck around with Marty Mornhinweg but in an NFL where offenses are continually improved, the Ravens look a step behind. Following a 4-2 start, opposing teams have figured out the offensive attack.

The defense, while ranked among the top units, has struggled in key areas and is back loaded with older veteran talent.

The writing seems on the wall for Harbaugh based on La Canfora’s post and the recent news of Joe Flacco’s hip injury as Lamar Jackson waits in the wings.

A full-scale rebuild could be in the works.