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John Harbaugh Visits the Big Bad Morning Show

Talks Upcoming Season With Ed Norris

Big Bad Morning Show
August 15, 2018 - 5:24 pm

By Austin Medina  

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh sat down with Big Bad Morning Show’s Ed Norris to talk about last season’s disappointing finish as well as the upcoming 2018 season.

Harbaugh spoke about the new additions to the team, both free agent signings and draft picks. Though the Ravens added solid offensive talent, the offense will be based on execution. The Ravens have found ways to win games in previous years, even though they may not have the talent offensively. With the new players around quarterback Joe Flacco, Harbaugh speaks quite simply.

“You got to make plays. Have to score points. If not, it’s going to be a tough game and hard to win.”

He went on to talk about finishing team’s off and more importantly, finishing games. Other than having tight games down the stretch, finding ways to extend leads to two possessions is a focus in 2018.

Norris and Harbaugh talked about last year’s Week 17 debacle, in which the Ravens lost the game to Cincinnati on a 4th and 12 play.

“(Obviously) feel like you’re cut in half.  I was hurt yet at peace since we did everything we could to be the best football team we could be. Absolutely crushed but we have to learn from it.”

Harbaugh likes the product the Ravens offense has been showing in practice. After acknowledging the defense came along way last season, Harbaugh stated that the offense needs to come along in 2018.

“The passing game gets better every single day.”

Norris asked about the possibility of Harbaugh keeping three quarterbacks on the roster. Harbaugh admitted there’s a good chance that all three good make the team. Flacco is the starter for the foreseeable future and the Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson in the first round.

The name many are wondering will make the team is Robert Griffin III. RG3 didn’t play a snap last season, though he brings a certain “pedigree” that helps the team.

Many critics have skeptical of Griffin III’s health and mentality going forward. After catastrophic knee injuries riddled his promising career, Griffin has been fighting his way back to the league. If he’s healthy, who’s to say he can’t serve as a valuable player?

In the interview, Harbaugh spoke of the best coaching advice received. He claimed that Kansas City head coach Andy Reid had a note behind his desk that read “Don’t Judge.”

Although he didn’t say this about Griffin III, it seems fitting. Let’s not judge Griffin III for what has happened in the past. If he keeps improving and makes the team better (specifically helping Jackson’s growth), the Ravens would be foolish to let him go.

The Ravens will have their final roster set by Week 1 of the regular season but until then, Harbaugh wants to keep it simple. Keep building. With the growth, the Ravens could become a great football team.