This is a golden age to be an angry football fan.
Instead of just booing at games, you can direct your anger towards your team on message boards, blogs, Twitter, and call-in radio shows. (We want all your hatred right here.) One of those fans called in to Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s show in Baltimore the other night and pushed some buttons.
Here’s what “Jim” had to say after criticizing rookie defensive tackle Terrence Cody: “Can you tell me why [defensive line coach] Clarence Brooks still has his job?” he demanded, via the Baltimore Sun. “If in five months, Terrence couldn’t be taught these basics of defensive play?”
Harbaugh initially tried to move on, but then re-visited the topic a minute later.
“I’m proud of this football team,” Harbaugh said. “I’m proud of our defense. I’m proud of our offense. We will fight our tails off to be the best team we can be every single week. If that’s not enough for you, find another team to cheer for. If you’re not proud of this team, then you don’t know football.”
The question was out of line, and we don’t think Harbaugh’s response was a big deal. Apparently a lot of Ravens fans disagreed, to the point where Harbaugh was forced to release a statement on the matter.
“I was directing my answer to the caller who suggested that one of the NFL’s best assistant coaches — and that’s not just our opinion — should be fired,” said in the statement via Kevin Cowherd of the Baltimore Sun. “I fully understand that fans will not agree with everything we do. And they have every right to voice their opinion. My comment was directed at the one caller, and not all fans.”
In this case, we’d say Harbaugh’s response was appropriate. Since when did jackasses deserve to be treated with such sensitivity?