Face It, John Harbaugh Is On The Hot Seat

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The Baltimore Ravens are currently sitting at 7-6 after a 23-30 loss to the New England Patriots on Monday.

Although the game was close, Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh was criticized heavily by FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd. Cowherd went on to compare Harbaugh to the recently fired Jeff Fisher:

Harbaugh has had an 84-57 record with Baltimore in nine years with the team. However, Harbaugh record hasn’t been as good in the past few seasons after winning the Super Bowl in 2012. He has a losing, 30-31, record since 2013. To be frank, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Harbaugh.

He has amassed criticism of not being a good X’s and O’s head coach, nor being a great clock manager. Harbaugh has also hired many of his friends to coaching positions on the team, Juan Castillo, Cam Cameron, Marty Mornhinweg, etc. The nine-year head coach had also had his duties of picking his offensive coordinator taken away from him by owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome.

It was of note that Harbaugh was criticized by former Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, during the Monday Night Football broadcast, on Twitter.

Pollard appeared on the Vinny and Haynie Show on 105.7, where he spoke about his relationship with the Ravens head coach.

“When I said this team will never be the same, obviously… I won a Super Bowl with the team. I love the Ravens organization. Bisciotti is one of the best owners I’ve ever come across and Ozzie is one of the best GM’s I’ve ever come across. We just had a bond. Yeah, we had some rough times but at the same time we had more good than bad. I truly believe we could have had two or three Super Bowls.”

It is a sentiment that is felt by many Ravens fans who have had issues with the so-called “lack of leadership” on the team. After the 2012 season, Pollard (released), Ed Reed (free agency), Ray Lewis (retirement) and Anquan Boldin (trade) were no longer Ravens.

As of right now, the Ravens sit in second-place. Harbaugh knows that they have to win.

“Yes, absolutely, we know where we stand and the situation we are in. And that we basically have to win three games, you know, and (we’re) certainly fully capable of doing that,” he told reporters after Monday night’s 30-23 loss to the Patriots in New England. “That’s what we intend to do, but all the focus goes to the next game. That’s what I told the guys in the locker room, pack up the buses as quick as we can, get back to Baltimore and get to work on Philadelphia.”

Things also didn’t get better after Steve Smith Sr. had a temper tantrum on Thursday, after quarterback Joe Flacco airmailed a couple of passes over the 5’9 receiver’s head in practice.

“The reason I did it is because I wanted to,” Smith told ESPN.

Then he would begin to look at his phone, where he read reports about his tirade.

“According to you guys, you already know,” he said. “Why am I going to comment if you already know? … I don’t have to explain anything to you. I can choose to do what I want to.”

This goes back to Harbaugh, who seems to lack the respect of his veteran players. It has been a recurring theme, from the players back in 2012, to now with Smith. He has a losing record since his Super Bowl appearance. These are issues that a good coach would know how to solve and as of right now, Harbaugh can’t solve them.

About Kyle Andrews 90 Articles
Born in Norfolk, VA and raised Baltimore, MD. Currently a college student at the University of Baltimore and formerly the sports editor of McDaniel College. Also a former intern of PressBox Online in Baltimore.

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