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John Harbaugh promises Ravens will do “whatever it takes” to improve results

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The Ravens traded tackle Bryant McKinnie to the Dolphins on Monday, a couple of weeks after trading for Eugene Monroe and installing him at the left tackle spot previously held by McKinnine.

Those two trades may not be the end of the changes to the Ravens. Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that the team will be considering all options for getting better during their bye week and that could mean shuffling personnel, schemes or both before they return to the field.

“We’ll do whatever it takes,” Harbaugh said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “We’ll trade guys, we’ll cut guys, we’ll sign guys, we’ll coach guys, we’ll change schemes. It doesn’t matter. We have to find a way to get better. That’s the business we’re in. We’ve got the men for the job. I like our guys but that’s what we’ve got to continue to work on. This week’s a chance to really focus on that.”

Harbaugh pointed to the special teams units as a place where the Ravens have to improve and that changing the players is one possibility about how to do that. This year’s trades show the Ravens are willing to shake things up during the season, something they also did last year when they fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in the final weeks of the regular season.

Nothing that dramatic may be in the cards this year, but it doesn’t sound like they’re ruing out too much in Baltimore.

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  1. steelerben says: Oct 22, 2013 9:50 AM

    Sounds like Baltimore has hit the panic switch after losing to Pittsburgh. I can’t really say that I blame them considering that Cincy is taking a commanding lead in the division while Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh are all bunched up fighting for second place.

    Going into the bye is the perfect time to make any personel or scheme changes since you will have two weeks to install them.

  2. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Oct 22, 2013 9:53 AM

    “John Harbaugh promises Ravens will do “whatever it takes” to improve results”

    Like severely overpay an average QB?

  3. fbothharbaughs says: Oct 22, 2013 9:56 AM

    In Ozzie we trust?

  4. ravensfan8780 says: Oct 22, 2013 9:57 AM

    Hey John you want to do whatever it takes to fix the mistakes how about not making play calls that have really put your team in a position not to win, 3 of the losses have been by 3 points and in every one of those games you’ve made a terrible decision which put points on the board for the other team. Luckily the Dolphins are so terrible that the decision you made there the Ravens could overcome. You can point at the players but you’ve done just as much harm with your river boat gambler style of play calling.

  5. bmorelikeme says: Oct 22, 2013 9:59 AM

    Offensive line has to improve. The pass blocking wasn’t awful against Pitt, but the Run Blocking is getting no push for Rice/Pierce. That’s creating alot of 3rd and 8+ situations which will make any offense stall.

    Fix the line and the wins will come, otherwise it’s going to be a long season.

  6. braven4evr says: Oct 22, 2013 10:02 AM

    cutting players… what about cutting coaches? Castio comes to mind.

  7. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 22, 2013 10:03 AM

    Let’s see – no more proven players to trade, and no more money on the cap for the next 6 years at least. I expect we’ll see more williamsburg trips, champagne, and Flacco speeches to motivate them, but nothing of real substance.

  8. dcapettini says: Oct 22, 2013 10:03 AM

    John, “whatever it takes” includes getting rid of coaches that give the games away by making incredibly stupid decisions, i.e. onside kick that draws 2 penalties, 4th down runs when the 3 previous runs to the same spot failed, and always running inside the tackles on second down, no matter what happens on 1st down.

    Get rid of Caldwell and put Harbaugh on a short leash. That is what it will take. When a casual fan such as myself can predict the next play 90% of the time, there is something very wrong.

  9. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 22, 2013 10:06 AM

    “Nothing that dramatic may be in the cards this year, but it doesn’t sound like they’re ruing out too much in Baltimore.”

    I have a feeling you’re going to be ruing the day you wrote that last sentence.

  10. yyyass says: Oct 22, 2013 10:09 AM

    Make that everything except fire incompetent and/or overwhelmed coaches and coordinators. This team is never ready to go at kickoff. Juan Castillo, the failed Philly coach has destroyed an O line that took them to the Super Bowl. Ravens fans are discovering firsthand what Indy fans already knew about Jim Caldwell – he rode Peyton Manning’s coattails. Under his coordination the Ravens offense is a simplistic, predictable, ineffective joke. Texas high schools teams operate at a more complex level. And Joe Flacco shows NO Manning-like tendencies WHATSOEVER, considering how much credit Caldwell gets for his supposed mentorship and development. On top of all that, Harbaugh is consistently making boneheaded game-losing decisions every week now, but he won’t punish himself like he likes to do to the players.

  11. jimiinpa says: Oct 22, 2013 10:13 AM

    Getting rid of ” Stonehands Dickson ‘ would be a start

  12. ravensterps says: Oct 22, 2013 10:25 AM

    Fire Juan Castillo.

  13. 52goat20goat says: Oct 22, 2013 10:27 AM

    Doesn’t sound like panic to me at all, to me it sounds like a realist not willing to sit around and wait for guys to magically play better or magically coach better. I’m betting they figure it out

  14. skinsfolife says: Oct 22, 2013 10:27 AM

    He’s john Harbaugh not Bill Belichick, and Flacco isn’t Brady. This team needs pro bowlers to succeed. Harbaugh made big mistakes along with Fozzie this off season. Harbaugh thinks he is bigger than the team and baltimore is going to suffer because of this.

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 22, 2013 10:36 AM

    Sounds like the Baltimore version of unleashing something like Tomlin did last year.

    I said it before you are missing two important things from last year, actually make that three…..Boldin to bailout JBJ….veteran leadership in slash and Reed….and 4/29 luck. Still a lot of football left and Cincy is a very young and inexperienced team under pressure. Don’t worry about the steelers we are still rebuilding.

  16. tsuscrumhalf says: Oct 22, 2013 10:42 AM

    This team is a work in progress & is not far away from winning most games. Fix a few things & win the division. Still play Cincy 2x & Pgh 1x. Win those 3 & win the division.

    For those who say it’s the Flacco contract, please read more about the salary cap & look up his cap numbers on the 1st 3 seasons of the deal. It’s a very cap friendly 3 year deal. He’ll be released or renegotiated in year 4. Relatively low numbers for a durable efficient QB.

  17. skinsfolife says: Oct 22, 2013 10:42 AM

    John Harbaugh is not Belichick and flacco is not Brady. Harbaugh thinks he is bigger than the team and Fozzie is not making sound personnel decisions. The ravens are going to go down hill quick without pro bowl receivers and Harbaugh thinking he is as good a coach as his brother.

  18. baltimoresnativeson says: Oct 22, 2013 10:44 AM

    Losing 3 games by a combined 10 points, 2 of them on the road is no time to make sweeping changes.

    Stay the course. This is an average team that could become a good team near season’s end.

    Sincerely, World champs.

  19. daysend564 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:44 AM

    ANYTHING, except get Ray Rice the ball more

  20. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    Apparently that includes cheating on a Mia field goal attempt.

  21. Gordon says: Oct 22, 2013 10:59 AM

    More deer antler spray is needed. These guys are lacking that velvet touch.

  22. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 22, 2013 11:00 AM

    The sky has fallen.

  23. edgarh21 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:06 AM

    Would that “everything” include making Flacco take a pay cut? So they can get some quality defenders.

    Does it include trading for Anquan Boldin

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 22, 2013 11:07 AM

    “It’s a very cap friendly 3 year deal. He’ll be released or renegotiated in year 4.”
    ———————————————
    From what I’ve read, he’s only against the cap 7-8 M a year for the next 3 years. He was guarranteed $50M, so that would mean if they release him after yr 3, they’d take a $25M cap hit in year 4, or roughly 1/5 of the total cap for the team. You homers who say this is a cap friendly deal are in denial. It’s a financial crippler.

  25. steelerfanjo says: Oct 22, 2013 11:09 AM

    Bring Back Ray… then we can watch ESPN again.

  26. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 22, 2013 11:09 AM

    daysend564 says:
    Oct 22, 2013 10:44 AM
    ANYTHING, except get Ray Rice the ball more
    _________________________

    LOL, yeah, so he can keep averaging 2 YPC.

    HAHA

  27. steelerfanjo says: Oct 22, 2013 11:09 AM

    Which Harbaugh cries more… Jim or John? The Kleenex twins.

  28. 44mpo says: Oct 22, 2013 11:28 AM

    I want to see the Ravens win a nother Superbowl this year if for no other reason than to show Ray Lewis was an overblown bag of gas!

  29. 23rdusernameused says: Oct 22, 2013 11:31 AM

    You can start John, with taking away about 15Mil per year from Joe, 5 INT vs the backup Bills 2ndary, Flacco!! He’s a 5-6Mil QB at best!

    years of futility coming all b/c of THAT contract!! Think Ozzy’s a genius now???!?!?!

    LOL

  30. leogirl22 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:32 AM

    It’s also the coaching mistakes made by the head coach!

  31. Steeley McBeam says: Oct 22, 2013 11:33 AM

    Ravens are crumbling and I LOVE IT!!!!

  32. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 22, 2013 11:54 AM

    Then trade Joe Flacco instead of overpaying him!! That’s how you win, not by giving money away.

  33. lovefootball4life says: Oct 22, 2013 12:44 PM

    Finally Harbaugh! My issue has been no one seemed to be getting angry. We need players and coaches getting pissed off. Even Brady, who I don’t like but respect his skills, shows emotion with inept receiver play. He wants to win, badly, and is pissed off. Ravens need to get angry. Losing last week to an even more inept team may finally be the trigger.

  34. lovefootball4life says: Oct 22, 2013 1:06 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Oct 22, 2013 11:07 AM

    “It’s a very cap friendly 3 year deal. He’ll be released or renegotiated in year 4.”
    ———————————————
    From what I’ve read, he’s only against the cap 7-8 M a year for the next 3 years. He was guarranteed $50M, so that would mean if they release him after yr 3, they’d take a $25M cap hit in year 4, or roughly 1/5 of the total cap for the team. You homers who say this is a cap friendly deal are in denial. It’s a financial crippler.
    ————————————–
    And when the Steelers release Ben after this year they will hold his $17M cap and when the Saints release Brees and Cowboys release Romo in two years (when their cap hit really kicks in) they’ll be holding $26M and $24 respectively. Or when Atlanta releases Matt Ryan in three years when his cap number gets big they’ll hold his $26M.

    ….or as history has shown a franchise will renegotiate, extend the term and bring the cap back down. Steelers have done this, it even got a cute name “The Bank of Big Ben”.

    So its not being a “homer” its understanding the business of football.

  35. earpaniac says: Oct 22, 2013 1:15 PM

    I’m not really surprised by this. With the people they lost after last year, you had to expect a big downturn this year. I don’t mean 2-14 or anything, just I wouldn’t be shocked if they didn’t make the playoffs.

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 22, 2013 1:17 PM

    So its not being a “homer” its understanding the business of football.

    Actually, it’s a homer who thinks he knows football. Nothing wrong with being a homer, but you have to admit it and carry the baggage that goes with it, ie. your opinion is valued as such. As far as losing to an inept team….isn’t it the same one you were so cavalierly making fun of last week? Have some more crow and wash it down with some IC light …..you can’t handle the strong stuff.

  37. lovefootball4life says: Oct 22, 2013 1:54 PM

    Hey nofool, don’t take it so personally. Yeah I was goofing with the team last week…with crown because it was fun his style isn’t vindictive like yours. Yeah the Steelers beat the Ravens. Ravens couldn’t do it. No one played well. If it takes losing to a rival to get emotional then hopefully it worked.

  38. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 22, 2013 1:56 PM

    lf4l, of course it can be renegotiated. My point is that because it is so cap-friendly these first 3 years, they almost cannot release him. And I can’t speak about Brees’ deal (though comical you compare Flacco to Ben/Brees, given this is a conversation about skill and value, Romo I’ll give you), but the big difference is that the $17M they’ll owe Ben is all they’ll owe. Flacco will be negotiating while still being owed $70M, forcing another l/t deal or the big financial hit.

    Steelers will pay Ben $17M on a 1-yr deal and it’ll be a bargain for them. Ravens on the other hand…..

  39. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 22, 2013 2:13 PM

    Hey nofool, don’t take it so personally. Yeah I was goofing with the team last week…with crown because it was fun his style isn’t vindictive like yours. Yeah the Steelers beat the Ravens. Ravens couldn’t do it. No one played well. If it takes losing to a rival to get emotional then hopefully it worked.

    Don’t flatter yourself as there is nothing you could say I would take with anything but a grain of salt. Funny how Ray it is to pass off your golfing, but my being vindictive is so awful . I guess I get it…Raven rules which I am sure you helped write. Please don’t whine so much it would make your posts more palpable. Have a great day.

  40. lovefootball4life says: Oct 22, 2013 2:21 PM

    Crown I was just picking guys with recent or similar contracts. Yes his guaranteed money would be dead money after year three but there are options bonuses I don’t really get. Which pushes the cap so high. The point I was trying to make with the other examples is his contract, while admittedly is large, isn’t unusual.

  41. lovefootball4life says: Oct 22, 2013 2:29 PM

    Nofool my golf game has been suffering lately. Lol. Guessing you got caught by auto correct. This isn’t new coming from me but the difference is you don’t insult the Ravens you insult the person behind the post. That in my opinion is wrong.

  42. steelerben says: Oct 22, 2013 2:36 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Oct 22, 2013 1:17 PM
    So its not being a “homer” its understanding the business of football.

    Actually, it’s a homer who thinks he knows football. Nothing wrong with being a homer, but you have to admit it and carry the baggage that goes with it, ie. your opinion is valued as such. As far as losing to an inept team….isn’t it the same one you were so cavalierly making fun of last week? Have some more crow and wash it down with some IC light …..you can’t handle the strong stuff.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    A homer is actually someone that views the home team through rose colored glasses, regardless of their level of football knowledge. For example, on ESPN1080 in Washington, DC
    Chris Cooley recently joined the afternoon program. He has a wealth of football knowledge both on the field and on the business end of things. He is a homer, however, because he is unable to recognize that the Skins are not as good a team as they were last season and still picks them to win every game. Knowing a ton or virtually nothing about the game does not effect you being a homer. It isn’t a wordplay based upon sitting on your couch and making calls from “home” it is about being unreasonably in favor of the “home” team.

  43. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 22, 2013 2:49 PM

    OK lf4l, I’ll buy that. But I don’t think any QB comparisons should include the Elite Four – Ben, Manning, Brees, and Brady, in that order. (now that’s what I call a homer statement)

  44. scoobies05 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:43 PM

    bottom line is all of these mega million qb deals are cap cripplers at some point. and i guess something to examine is how teams do after these deals are done. flacco, rodgers, and ryan just signed theirs so too soon to tell. has denver or indy won it all with peyton’s deals. has pitt won with ben havin a big deal. what about brees and the saints. only one i can think of is the giants and eli. right now, atlanta baltimore and pitt are struggling. so it will be interesting to see how these deals look going forward

  45. scoobies05 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:45 PM

    and crown…elite 4 is brady peyton rodgers and brees. ben is very good, but hes not with those guys

  46. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 22, 2013 4:13 PM

    scoobies05 | Oct 22, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT
    and crown…elite 4 is brady peyton rodgers and brees. ben is very good, but hes not with those guys

    Have to agree with you Scoobs Ben is not elite but he has had a fair amount of success. Labels are not as important as Lombardi’s , but if you like debating go for it crown.

  47. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 22, 2013 4:37 PM

    I agree scoobs that time will tell on a lot of these signings. Ben signed his $100M deal prior to the 08 season. So I guess $100M gets you: a SB win(2008), another appearance(2010), and two more SB wins(2013 & 14). Good value if you ask me.

  48. platt22 says: Oct 22, 2013 4:40 PM

    ray rice to the cowboys!!

  49. jacktheraven says: Oct 22, 2013 7:08 PM

    Last year Ravens won the close, ( 3 pts. or less) games. This year, 3 of their 4 losses were 3 pts. or less. There’s not a lot of changes that need to be made. If they can find a way to win the closes games, they’ll be fine.

  50. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 22, 2013 8:31 PM

    jacktheraven | Oct 22, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT
    Last year Ravens won the close, ( 3 pts. or less) games. This year, 3 of their 4 losses were 3 pts. or less. There’s not a lot of changes that need to be made. If they can find a way to win the closes games, they’ll be fine.

    Yup Jack, we steelers fans said that last year and you dogged us bad and now you want to say that…. Irony and karma are bitche-.

  51. peikid says: Oct 22, 2013 10:09 PM

    Too much money spent on one player…ie Flacco…means too many holes to win when it really counts.

  52. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 22, 2013 10:34 PM

    Anything John? You’ll do anything?

    Like maybe invent a time machine to go back to last year and not overpay Flacco this time around?

    Other than that, not sure what you can do.

  53. winorlose6burgh says: Oct 22, 2013 11:20 PM

    Over paid joe!

  54. jacktheraven says: Oct 23, 2013 8:49 AM

    Sorry nofool. It wasn’t me. I didn’t ” dog” anyone. Wouldn’t want to sound foolish.

  55. europoljuice says: Oct 23, 2013 4:48 PM

    If HARBAUGH was really worried and wanted to make a serious change. Then he would fire castillo there O fence line coach,…and get someone who has a better blocking scheme. They did better but still suck! It’s like being the ulgy kid in class and then they bring someone in who is slightly ulgly-er… Your a (2) and he’s a (1). We need a O LINE BADLY!!! That will bring everything together. With out that. We are doomed!! MAKE A CHANGE NOW!!
    Watch KC, Watch the Sea Hawks,…Watch the Colts…Watch the teams that are good!!!

  56. dontstabmeray says: Oct 25, 2013 6:29 PM

    If he’s a man of his word, he will trade Flacco and his hilarious contract for an unsalted peanut. Come on, even Ravens fan have to admit that contract is a joke. Good news is that you can cut him and draft someone in the top 10 this year! Cheers!

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