Throughout his career (and especially in recent years), Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has operated essentially as an on-field coach.
Now that Lewis is retired as a player, the door is open as a coach. Not surprisingly, Lewis isn’t interested.
“All of the guys that have played here come back often. Talk to players, and they are always welcome,” Harbaugh said Thursday, via CSN Baltimore.com. “Of course, Ray would be no less than that. We have talked about it. He knows he is always welcome. He has not expressed an interest to coach. I have asked him, and he is not interested. But we have talked about it.”
Of course he’s not interested. It’s long hours and low pay. And it cuts against his desire to spend more time with his family, and also to get paid a lot more money for a lot less time at ESPN.
Ray also has said he wants to be an actor, which if he can make it to the “A” list pays a lot more than what he made for a full season of football.
Direct involvement in a football team has taken Ray Lewis as far as it ever will. Unless and until other opportunities dry up, there’s no reason for him to coach — even though he’d likely be very good at it.