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Ravens looking at sleep patterns to optimize schedule

US Open Tennis AP

As we’ve seen with the Bengals joining the iPad revolution and the Giants using GPS in creative ways, NFL teams are finding new ways to use science and technology to help them get better on the field.

Add the Ravens to the list. Baltimore is spending some time this offseason looking at sleep studies performed by the U.S. military. The idea is to see if there are ways to tweak the weekly schedule so that players are performing at optimal levels. Garrett Downing of the team’s website writes that one possibility might be to move Tuesday’s day off to Monday in order to get players the most rest possible on the night after a game.

“We’re turning over every stone, looking at everything in our program, to find any way to get better … It’s just about getting better, any little way we can,” coach John Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh’s far from the only guy who feels that way. We mentioned the Bengals and Giants up top and there will be more and more stories about teams looking in new places to gain advantages over the opposition.

The Ravens are also looking at the best way to handle West Coast trips. Figuring out the best way to handle cross-country travel has become something of a shared trait in the Harbaugh clan. Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers spent a week in Youngstown, Ohio last year to minimize the impact of back-to-back trips across the country. He’s planning on doing it again this season, although that specific suggestion won’t help his brother. The Ravens play in the Pacific time zone just once this season.

UPDATE 4:45 p.m. ET:  As pointed out in comments and on Twitter, the Niners give their players Mondays off.  What’s good for one brother could turn out to be good for the other as well.

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16 Responses to “Ravens looking at sleep patterns to optimize schedule”
  1. pickleman77 says: Jun 21, 2012 4:30 PM

    Epic photo for this story. Bravo! Love you guys.

  2. dcalifornian says: Jun 21, 2012 4:32 PM

    Seems like little brother Jim is ahead of John on this one….Jim instituted Mondays off–win or lose–last year, breaking with most of the NFL.

  3. benh999 says: Jun 21, 2012 4:48 PM

    Sergio Kindle?

  4. stlsteelerfan says: Jun 21, 2012 4:48 PM

    Harbaugh brothers are crazy and ridiculous. At least one of them (Jim) can coach.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 21, 2012 4:50 PM

    After extensive player studies, the peak of physical activity turned out to be between 2 and 4 AM on a Friday or Saturday night.

  6. cbass59 says: Jun 21, 2012 4:55 PM

    Maybe the Ravens should be looking at kicking and catching patterns (judging from last game).

  7. mwindle1973 says: Jun 21, 2012 4:57 PM

    The 49ers stay in Youngstown during the season? That’s crazy, if any of don’t know Youngstown, OH…I don’t even know how to put it. It’s a small town on the edge of Appalachia. IN fact I think it’s technically considered part of Appalachia. It was a booming town 100 years ago. Population peaked at 170,000 in 1930, it has declined ever since and now sits at under 70,000. It was a steel and coal driven economy. But the one thing they have in that area of Ohio, are a football field everywhere you look. It’s also odd to note that the 49ers CEO lives in Youngstown. Former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo, Jr. was born and raised in Youngstown. He worked for his father early on whose company was building the early shopping malls. The one in my town still stands, and is the only shopping mall in town. It was built around 1974 or so. He’s an interesting figure, he bought the 49ers in 1977 at the age of 31. Turned it into the dynasty of the 80′s and 90′s before leaving the game in after the 1999 season at the age of 54. Some owners were past 54 when they bought their first team, and this guy had 5 rings in 23 years and retired at 54.

  8. ihateravens says: Jun 21, 2012 5:39 PM

    Studies indicate that anyone with a single eye brow cannot sleep properly or quarterback a football team. This QB will never win a game on the West Coast or in a meaningful game.

    Baltimore is a 3rd rate city for this reason and a million more.

  9. mwindle1973 says: Jun 21, 2012 6:24 PM

    dcalifornian says: Jun 21, 2012 4:32 PM

    Seems like little brother Jim is ahead of John on this one….Jim instituted Mondays off–win or lose–last year, breaking with most of the NFL.

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    I agree with you on this…but it’s funny…Marvin Lewis has done this for many years in Cincy and the media always points to that as one of the reasons they have problems. They say he’s soft on the players. The players don’t say he’s soft. In fact TJ Houshmandzeh still makes statements about how much Lewis demands of his players. And he hasn’t played with the team for 4 years.

  10. sliceanddic3 says: Jun 21, 2012 6:55 PM

    @ihateravens Are you still mad about Flacco driving 92 yards on your not-aging pittsburgh D? (Assuming you’re a Steeler fan from your immaturity)

  11. Vegas Guy says: Jun 21, 2012 7:16 PM

    “Bengals joining the iPad revolution”

    I may never get over that…

    mwindle1973 is right. Marvin has given his players Monday off for as long as I can remember. And I’ve never thought the problem was that they were soft on the player.. I always think the players just don’t want to play there (because perks are better EVERYWHERE)

    Anyway… sorry to intrude Ravens fans

  12. mwindle1973 says: Jun 21, 2012 7:55 PM

    Yeah, Vegas Guy, that is exactly the problem. Lewis is a great coach and the players love him, and play hard for him. But it’s always been hard to draw good players to the team because of facilities and amenities and such. Lewis has finally got Brown to budge on some of this stuff. And I think that is part of why he is has not signed a deal yet. He knows to compete with the rest of the league you have to be on at least an equal footing. I don’t get it, Mike Brown’s father Paul who was owner/GM through 1990, was always ahead of other teams. Always ahead of the curve. Lewis is the best negotiator with Brown for us fans we could ever hope for. What other coach of his level is willing to waste his career being under-rated and under-appreciated, just to spend 10+ years trying to convince an owner/GM with the worst winning % in all of sports to change his ways. But he’s done a great job and brought Brown a long way. Brown has positive attributes of his own. He built the two AFC Champion rosters of 81 and 88. And his stamp was all over the last 2 drafts. So hopefully Lewis can continue to bring him along and the sign him for another 4-5 years.

  13. randallflagg52 says: Jun 22, 2012 2:12 AM

    mwindle1973 says:Jun 21, 2012 4:57 PM

    The 49ers stay in Youngstown during the season? That’s crazy, if any of don’t know Youngstown, OH…I don’t even know how to put it. It’s a small town on the edge of Appalachia. IN fact I think it’s technically considered part of Appalachia. It was a booming town 100 years ago. Population peaked at 170,000 in 1930, it has declined ever since and now sits at under 70,000. It was a steel and coal driven economy. But the one thing they have in that area of Ohio, are a football field everywhere you look. It’s also odd to note that the 49ers CEO lives in Youngstown. Former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo, Jr. was born and raised in Youngstown. He worked for his father early on whose company was building the early shopping malls. The one in my town still stands, and is the only shopping mall in town. It was built around 1974 or so. He’s an interesting figure, he bought the 49ers in 1977 at the age of 31. Turned it into the dynasty of the 80′s and 90′s before leaving the game in after the 1999 season at the age of 54. Some owners were past 54 when they bought their first team, and this guy had 5 rings in 23 years and retired at 54.

    ==================================

    Cool story bro…

  14. randallflagg52 says: Jun 22, 2012 4:19 AM

    And this is why the Ravens are one of the elite teams in the NFL today. Suck it Pittsburgh, with that usless “h” at the end of your city’s name. Usless “h” for a usless city.

  15. ericbleedspurple says: Jun 24, 2012 12:31 PM

    @sliceanddice3 you know ihateravens has got to be a Steelers fan. Who else would dedicate their name to the team they hate instead of representing their team but a dumb Steeler fan? LOL!!!!!!

  16. ericbleedspurple says: Jun 24, 2012 12:38 PM

    @stlssteelerfan John beat his brother when they went head to head. Oh he also swept the Steelers last year. By the way I believe he beat the Rams too.

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