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Ravens move practice to Saints’ facilities

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh looks on during the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII football practice in New Orleans Reuters

The practice plan for Super Bowl week was for the 49ers to use the Saints’ facilities, and the Ravens to use Tulane’s facilities. But it hasn’t quite worked out.

After the Ravens tried to make do Wednesday on a baseball field at Tulane (whose football facilities are going through construction renovations), the Ravens have worked out an arrangement to use the Saints’ facilities today. Although Ravens coach John Harbaugh praised the people at Tulane for doing their best as a host, he later confirmed that the baseball field simply isn’t working for the Ravens, and they’ll use the Saints’ facilities, too.

Ordinarily it wouldn’t work for both teams to share practice facilities, but John Harbaugh called his brother, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, and worked it out so that both teams could get some time on the Saints’ practice field.

“This wouldn’t have worked out if the coaches didn’t know each other,” John Harbaugh told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

Some Ravens players said the turf at Tulane’s baseball field was too hard, and that the wide receivers and defensive backs felt it in their knees when running. So after the 49ers have cleared out of the Saints’ facility, the Ravens will take it over on Thursday afternoon.

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22 Responses to “Ravens move practice to Saints’ facilities”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Jan 31, 2013 12:37 PM

    Soon they’ll be releasing statements about how the NFL is against them … and they’re innocent of all charges.

  2. godofwine330 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:40 PM

    Isn’t it great that the two coaches “know each other”? Great job of Jim helping his brother out.

  3. webehighrollin says: Jan 31, 2013 12:45 PM

    Bet you Ray Lewis cried..

  4. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 31, 2013 12:47 PM

    Bill Bellick hopes he plays the 49ers if he ever makes another Super Bowl.

  5. cakemixa says: Jan 31, 2013 12:50 PM

    Wait a minute, the two head coaches are brothers?!

  6. threatlevelbob says: Jan 31, 2013 12:50 PM

    I wonder why there was such a discrepancy to begin with. Professional football indoor practice facility vs. outdoor college baseball field?

    Did they flip a coin or something?

  7. getyourownname says: Jan 31, 2013 12:54 PM

    Must have been a surprise to the Super Bowl organizers that one team preferred not to practice on an 80-yard baseball field. And they only wish they had been aware earlier that the game was being scheduled for NO.

  8. Stiller43 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:57 PM

    Ray Lewis would like to cite God as the reason they can move, and promptly cry about it.

  9. amanistumor says: Jan 31, 2013 12:58 PM

    check the facility for cameras John..

  10. coltzfan166 says: Jan 31, 2013 1:04 PM

    Are they going to practice bounties too?

  11. jimmyhaffa says: Jan 31, 2013 1:17 PM

    You have terrible practice fields to work with you say? Suuure I’ll give up our advantage! I know they are brothers, but any other coach would laugh and say good luck with that.

  12. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 31, 2013 1:17 PM

    Wow! Does Jim Harbaugh know what he’s playing for?

    I might have to roll with the Ravens in this game. Give an opponent an inch you’re bound to lose a mile.

  13. ajc33635 says: Jan 31, 2013 1:19 PM

    Objectively it was not a good situation but given the nature of the Raven’s fan base they will see it as yet another slight.

  14. kerryc21realty says: Jan 31, 2013 1:25 PM

    I don’t trust the brothers, something doesn’t sit right about them coaching against each other in the Super Bowl

  15. ken0west says: Jan 31, 2013 1:29 PM

    Why should one team have to practice on the JV field? I think this is a bigger issue than anyone will make of it. Any city that wants a SB should provide equal practice/meeting/whatever facilities to each team. If you cant do that don’t host.

  16. nineroutsider says: Jan 31, 2013 1:36 PM

    @ken0west – Exactly what I was about to write: does the league always provide such poor facilities to the visiting team? What a joke!

    Hope the 9ers don’t leave a playbook around; conversely, hope the Ravens leave theirs around.

  17. rayswhitesuit says: Jan 31, 2013 1:58 PM

    I love it: the Ravens now have their excuse for losing. Call it an NFL conspiracy, but the Ravens are the new Raiders.

  18. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 31, 2013 2:12 PM

    The whole notion of helping a team prepare to beat you is unthinkable. I don’t care who you are and how close you are to me. I’m not assisting you in any shape form or fashion to prepare to defeat me in an exhibition game let alone a Superbowl. You Better find a parking lot to practice on or something.

    You give an opponent an inch he’s bound to run off with a mile. All relentlessness is out the window. Might as well give Pastor Ray and his disciples their championship rings now.

    Hopefully these two brothers don’t ever face each other in the Superbowl again. In a Superbowl I want to see real competition and X’s and O’s warfare.Win and dominate at all cost.

  19. sb44champs says: Jan 31, 2013 2:36 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Jan 31, 2013 1:04 PM
    Are they going to practice bounties too?
    ============================
    Of course, a sour grapes Colts fan…
    Colts lost in SB44 and it had nothing to do with bounties so get over it already lol

  20. richiesaurus310 says: Jan 31, 2013 2:41 PM

    The saints are an nfc team so they hosted the niners. Thats how it works every year. Next year the jets will host the afc team and the giants will host the nfc team so this wont be an issue.

  21. sb44champs says: Jan 31, 2013 2:51 PM

    fuglyflorio says:
    Jan 31, 2013 12:37 PM
    Soon they’ll be releasing statements about how the NFL is against them … and they’re innocent of all charges.
    ======================
    Never let it die huh? Must have some kind of life or lack there of… lol

  22. gus1779 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:44 PM

    Fans commenting about how Jim shouldn’t have helped John and the Ravens out are pretty clueless. These are professionals. Coaches call other coaches asking for advice all the time. Coaches and players don’t have this perceived ra-ra hatred like a fan base would have against another team. It’s a fraternity and they understand that they are all in this together. That said, it’s not like they don’t still want to kick the other team’s ass come Sunday. And if I was going against a brother, I’d want everything to be equal so he couldn’t have any excuses after I did beat him.

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