Harbaugh's tough love embraced

Full story: Baltimore Sun

In his first meeting of training camp, new Ravens coach John Harbaugh and the rest of his staff wore T-shirts with the famous black-and-white still frame of Muhammad Ali standing over a fallen Sonny Liston .
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Scott G

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Sep 21, 2008
 
As much as I was a BB supporter, sometimes change is needed. How many times do you see a soft practice coach replaced by a hard nosed coach, and vice-versa,. It shakes things up. There is a lot of talent on this team still. A win this weekend and next, could really set them up nicely. 3 Division games. Get 3 wins out the gate over 3 division opponents, sets them up really nice.
Mike B

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Sep 21, 2008
 
Go Harbaugh, I think you were the right choice at the right time!!!
Rich

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Sep 21, 2008
 
Hats off to Biscutti and Ozzie. For the 1st time in Ravens history they look like a real NFL team. Harbaugh's brought to this team hard nosed football, character, and some real dignity. I looking forward to 4pm today. Go Ravens!
Ulmstead1

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Sep 21, 2008
 
Harbaugh is cause for great optimism. This team has always had some top talent, but they often underperformed! I have no doubt that JH would bench any star that odesn't show up ready to play. In fact look at what happened when McClain showed up at camp out of shape, in comes Lorenzo Neal. McClain had a great day two weeks ago, he really challenged himself. He'll be taking his coach very seriously for the rest of his career here. The other player, i.e. Willis McGahee, saw that too. Good for Harbaugh, good for the team, really good for us fans!!
gwb

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Sep 21, 2008
 
brian who?

Since: Aug 07

Hampstead, MD

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Sep 21, 2008
 
Well, let's not be fellating one another just yet, but it sounds promising.

I felt during training camp that the injuries endured at that time would pay off in the regular season - kind of a survival of the fittest sort of thing - and that seems to be the case, at least so far.

But the best thing Harbaugh has done is to have created one clubhouse of Ravens players instead of two consisting of Ray & Co. and all the rest. And it's great to see that Ray has bought into it.
iNOTaFAN

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Sep 21, 2008
 
Prediction:
cleveland browns - 0
baltimore browns - 2
Lenscrafters

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Sep 21, 2008
 
Fang Guy wrote:
But the best thing Harbaugh has done is to have created one clubhouse of Ravens players instead of two consisting of Ray & Co. and all the rest. And it's great to see that Ray has bought into it.
Did Harbaugh create that or did that happen naturally because most of Ray & Co., and Ray himself, are getting older, weaker and less influential? Ray has maybe a year or two left and Ed Reed could be done at any time.

Maybe those guys finally realize they can't do it all by themselves anymore.

and weaker
OSalley

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Sep 21, 2008
 
Love Harbaugh-and for you Ozzie bashers remember that Oz liked Harbaugh and Bisciotti fell in love with Jason Garrett.

We were just blessed that someone dumber than Bisciotti named Jerry Jones threw all that money at Garrett.

Thanks Oz.....really these punks who bash you don't know how tough you have it. Bisciotti needs to stay back, way back...
McLovin

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Sep 21, 2008
 
iNOTaFAN wrote:
Prediction:
cleveland browns - 0
baltimore browns - 2
that would be great if we shut them out. I like your optimism.
Just the Facts

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Sep 21, 2008
 
All readers please come back to this article when the season ends with the Ravens 5-11 and see what the whining cry babies like Ray Lewis do to Harbaugh then.
Just the Facts

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Sep 21, 2008
 
OSalley wrote:
Love Harbaugh-and for you Ozzie bashers remember that Oz liked Harbaugh and Bisciotti fell in love with Jason Garrett.
We were just blessed that someone dumber than Bisciotti named Jerry Jones threw all that money at Garrett.
Thanks Oz.....really these punks who bash you don't know how tough you have it. Bisciotti needs to stay back, way back...
It's been one game; one single stinking game. My advice is to all the purple kool aid drinkers is please don't go shining up the Super Bowl trophy.
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Sep 21, 2008
 
his approach isn't anything new. What did you expect him to say with the all occurences? There are many hard nosed coaches, we just haven't had the luxury of being in the presence of one for so long.
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Sep 21, 2008
 
Just the Facts wrote:
All readers please come back to this article when the season ends with the Ravens 5-11 and see what the whining cry babies like Ray Lewis do to Harbaugh then.
Loser. Move back to DC
Sparky

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Sep 21, 2008
 
How could this story possibly be written without any mention that Bisciotti and Cass begged Jason Garrett to take the job? If Harbaugh does end up being a winning coach, it will be no thanks to "Mr. Tan Man" and his attorney sidekick.
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#17
Sep 21, 2008
 
I was surprised when Harbaugh was hired, I had no idea who he was or what kind of coach he was, but I'm glad the Ravens hired him, he's an energetic guy and I love his attitude. There were some great years with Billick but a change was needed and I think this is the right guy.
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#18
Sep 21, 2008
 
John Harbaugh looks like he will be a very good head coach I know that It Is easy to forget but Billick was 80-64,2 divison titles,and a super bowl ring so PLEASE he was not crap as the head coach even If the o was crap winning and losing Is all that matters. Lets move on Billick has moved on with his life you fans need to as well. Lets go coach Harbaugh and Go Ravens lets see where this season ends up.
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#19
Sep 21, 2008
 
Also Ozzie Newsome and the football staff had a major say In the Harbaugh hire the owner wanted Jason Garrett so give the credit to who It belongs too.
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#20
Sep 21, 2008
 
Good coach has to have the will to fight and the mind to persuade and lead trouble makers. Harbaugh will be a good fit for the old veteran superstars with earthly egos which Billick often have overlooked. Excellent job Harbaugh. Keep kicking and players will respond.
Phil

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Sep 21, 2008
 
Rich wrote:
Hats off to Biscutti and Ozzie. For the 1st time in Ravens history they look like a real NFL team. Harbaugh's brought to this team hard nosed football, character, and some real dignity. I looking forward to 4pm today. Go Ravens!
My wife came out of the our 2nd Raven home game, and we both had the same feeling. There is something really different about this team, something I have never witnessed. In the past, even with the Ravens winning, they would always find ways to keep it close, either through a weak zone, poor clock management, play calling, etc. However, with this team, one really believes that this team can be a winner, and there is a confidence that is building internally and externally. Obvioulsy, I'm not christening the Ravens as the team to beat, but they have some really good pieces in place, good coaching, play calling, defense, hard-running game, and fine QB, that portend the possibility of great things to come.

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