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Harbaughs don’t like coverage of practice fights

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The NFL calls itself the ultimate reality show.  But plenty of the people in the NFL continue to prefer to select which portion of reality people actually notice and discuss.

When it comes to practice fights, which tend to break up the monotony of training camp both for the players and anyone else paying attention, some would prefer that the media not mention them at all.  That group includes the Harbaugh brothers, coaches of a pair of teams that practiced together without incident on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, Ravens coach John and 49ers coach Jim complained about the media’s coverage of scuffles during camp.

“What’s interesting to me, and what’s a real indictment on you as the media, is the fact that [Ravens cornerback] Jimmy Smith was asked about it, and he said when he sees these things on TV, all he ever sees is fights,” John Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.  “What does that tell you?  How about a little self-check?  We’re probably going to have 99 percent all great, positive things.

“But if there is a little shoving match out here, I’m quite sure that that’s what will be on these cameras, and it’ll be countrywide, and that’ll be everybody’s take on how it went, right?  Because that’s how it is all the time.  We’re going to look for the positive.  You all can look for the negative, as usual.”

“I know that there will be many cameras assembled, gathered,” Jim Harbaugh said of the joint practices between the two teams.  “And I’m sure that’s what everybody’s going to be looking for, that moment where you can capture the negative.  We don’t anticipate that.”

That’s the way it will be, because the negative is interesting, especially if a head coach like Jim Harbaugh will kick players out of practice for fighting.  The negative suggests that there are issues or problems or dysfunction.  Pick up any newspaper and compare the positive stories to the negative ones.

Fights and scuffles and shoving matches generate natural interest among the audience.  The publications that will thrive over the long haul will give the audience not what the publication thinks the audience should want, but what the audience wants.

Besides, the media has to take what it can get.  With coaches who like to talk in circles and give non-answers on topics that don’t undermine strategic objectives if the coach were to opt for candor, it’s hard sometimes to generate content.

When it comes to the negative, the Ravens have been giving the media plenty this year to discuss — especially since the organization has chronically failed to perform any type of “self-check” regarding its decision to make excuses for a guy who knocked out his fiancée.

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56 Responses to “Harbaughs don’t like coverage of practice fights”
  1. unislaya says: Aug 10, 2014 8:16 PM

    Harbaughs only like coverage of real fights! Like when they get into them, personally, LOL

  2. steelersb says: Aug 10, 2014 8:17 PM

    Well, I don’t like coverage of the Harbaugh brothers,

  3. Coach John Harbaugh says: Aug 10, 2014 8:18 PM

    this is laughable.

    the fans could care less who’s scuffling with who. anyone who’s ever played football knows it means nothing. we want to know whos winning 1vs1’s, who is practicing the best, who is getting crushed. not who shoved who.

    #SELFCHECK

  4. charliebatch1 says: Aug 10, 2014 8:19 PM

    Typical Harbaughs… sigh

  5. opinevain says: Aug 10, 2014 8:20 PM

    Yea, its counterproductive to report fights in training camps then use it has a seam to discuss disfunction between teammates. If it happens during real games, itll be criticized too.

  6. krabballs says: Aug 10, 2014 8:21 PM

    When did they excuse Ray Rice’s behavior? They did what EVERY other team would have done.

  7. 12thman84 says: Aug 10, 2014 8:23 PM

    The Harbaughs complaining….who’d of thought?

    Go Hawks!

  8. mackcarrington says: Aug 10, 2014 8:24 PM

    Well, what do they expect, since players aren’t allowed to tackle in practice? They want to hit someone and sometimes all they can do is get chippy with a teammate.

  9. kylexitron says: Aug 10, 2014 8:25 PM

    The harbaughs must be amazing coaches. Only way to explain how they get thier teams to perform despite the fact that they spend 95% of thier time whining and complaining about something.

  10. 1rockyracoon says: Aug 10, 2014 8:45 PM

    The sports media cover every aspect if training camp. A vey small portion of that coverage are the “fights” between players. Do they ever stop whining?

  11. wiskybuck says: Aug 10, 2014 8:47 PM

    Who wants to watch patterns or drills? We all like to see them let out some steam. It’s not like anyone gets hurt with pads and helmets on.

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 10, 2014 8:48 PM

    Sarah Palin and other gun enthusiasts probably aren’t overly fond of the movie Bambi. They don’t represent the 99.999999% of the deer’s lifetime that are peaceful moments.

  13. mikeffloriobangedmymom says: Aug 10, 2014 8:49 PM

    Coach John Harbaugh says:
    Aug 10, 2014 8:18 PM
    this is laughable.

    the fans could care less who’s scuffling with who. anyone who’s ever played football knows it means nothing. we want to know whos winning 1vs1’s, who is practicing the best, who is getting crushed. not who shoved who.

    #SELFCHECK

    YOU tell em’ coach Florio seems mad because his team got called out

  14. 4thqtrsaint says: Aug 10, 2014 8:56 PM

    Why doesn’t the media start bringing cheese & crackers to these press conferences. There’s already plenty of whine.

  15. fissels says: Aug 10, 2014 8:57 PM

    Everything NFL is now over- publicized and over- analyzed. That’s why I’m on this site!

  16. coltzfan166 says: Aug 10, 2014 8:59 PM

    This just in: Harbaugh’s not happy with coverage of their unhappiness towards training camp fights.

  17. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 10, 2014 9:00 PM

    What are these two whining about now?

  18. pigskin28 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:08 PM

    Amazing how some people protect their Business tooth and nail but want to cast judgement on others who run their own business likewise….there’s a word for that…

  19. kjs7way says: Aug 10, 2014 9:12 PM

    Oh sniffle, sniffle…..snifflers

  20. floratiotime says: Aug 10, 2014 9:13 PM

    Harbaughs don’t like ……….

    Fill in the blank. There are very few wrong answers.

  21. corky2141 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:16 PM

    especially since the organization has chronically failed to perform any type of “self-check” regarding its decision to make excuses for a guy who knocked out his fiancée.” – BOOOM

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:21 PM

    A Harbaugh whining. What a surprise.

  23. filthymcnastyi says: Aug 10, 2014 9:43 PM

    Coach John Harbaugh says:
    Aug 10, 2014 8:18 PM
    this is laughable.

    the fans could care less who’s scuffling with who.
    =========
    Its “couldn’t”!!!! fans COULDN’T care less! smh

  24. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 10, 2014 9:56 PM

    Love the Harbaugh brothers, but really what is so exciting besides fights in training camp? I know covering players lolligagging and practicing in shoulder pads running at 1/2 speed is so exciting to cover.

    These players all day how hard they work in training camp. Maybe studying the play book yes but they don’t work hard. They all go thru the motions.

    I don’t think I’ve seen Tony Romo break a sweat in training camp eve.

  25. 6superbowls says: Aug 10, 2014 10:02 PM

    Preparing for the regular season with some preseason whine.

  26. eddiedbangedflorioswife says: Aug 10, 2014 10:07 PM

    Coaches wanting to highlight the positives instead of the negatives in camp..is that really a surprise?? And it was only a blanket statement..as there hasn’t been any fights in camp.

  27. hansenbrothers says: Aug 10, 2014 10:08 PM

    So was Rice punching out a woman the 1% negative?? Or part of the 99% positive??

  28. yourfavoriteteamstinks says: Aug 10, 2014 10:26 PM

    “The publications that will thrive over the long haul will give the audience not what the publication thinks the audience should want, but what the audience wants.”

    The publications THINK they know what we want. If they were right you would see more quality news coverage but the media has about 10% of its member doing their job the way the audience really wants.

  29. claymus1 says: Aug 10, 2014 10:27 PM

    The Harbaughs are absolutely right…AND…you the media don’t have the market cornered on what we want….It is kind of like witnessing a gruesome accident while going by on the freeway.Its not what ANYONE wants to see, it is just really hard not to look….You, the media have some choice in what content you deliver and It would be nice if a larger percentage of what you put out there was more positive in nature…Instead, you stir up trouble where there really is none…seems to be a tabloid world these days ,eh? RAISE THE BAR , media dudes.

  30. paythevig says: Aug 10, 2014 10:52 PM

    So funny when anyone who sees the headline, clicks to read the article, then logs into word press to comment that they don’t care about the Harbaugh’s.

  31. tebowbrokesteelers says: Aug 10, 2014 11:22 PM

    Haha

  32. ayyyjayyy says: Aug 10, 2014 11:35 PM

    Only people who get fascinated with fights in practice are those new to the nfl like the 2012th man.

  33. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 11, 2014 12:01 AM

    Gee, that’s weird that people are interested in things that happen 1% of the time rather than the same old thing that happens 99% of the time. What do they call that again? Oh yeah, “news.”

  34. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 11, 2014 12:38 AM

    Fights at practice during preseason are not anything very new nor are they a big deal. It’s the media nerds that have become obsessed with them.

  35. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 11, 2014 1:08 AM

    That coverage would actually be a relief.

    I’m terrified I’ll tune in to see these creepy brothers tickling each other & giggling uncontrollably.

    *shiver*

  36. lanman11 says: Aug 11, 2014 2:01 AM

    Wow. Can you imagine if Bill Belichick said something like this? Say what you want about Bill, but he doesn’t whine like that. When he complains, he always has a legit point.

  37. discosucs2005 says: Aug 11, 2014 2:03 AM

    Huge Niner fan, and huge Harbaugh fan, but if you kick players out of practice for fighting, you’re kind of acknowledging that it’s relevant to football activities, at which point it becomes news worthy. Also, bottom line, the game is about entertainment. Sure, it’s not like pro-wrestling, and the goal is to entertain through genuine competition and not just story lines, but the news aspect adds excitement for many, and it’s not going away.

  38. ronbobon says: Aug 11, 2014 3:13 AM

    The Harbaughs know wbat they are talking about as do the rest of us. The media are merchants of chaos. They sell bad news. BTW wbat’so with all this whining about the Harbaugh’s whining? They are doing their job(s) and doing it pretty damn well.

  39. RegisHawk says: Aug 11, 2014 4:20 AM

    Translation: Several fights at Ravens/49ers practice that the Harbaughs don’t want people to know about because it would affect their reputation.

  40. buzzbeaubank says: Aug 11, 2014 6:47 AM

    The Harbaughs get bad press for “whining” because the press hangs on their every word. Other coaches complain, but there’s no peep out of Florio’s staff because it doesn’t generate hits from those of you who supposedly “don’t care”, yet will always comment within 10 minutes of the article going up.

  41. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 11, 2014 6:49 AM

    lanman11 says:
    Aug 11, 2014 2:01 AM
    Wow. Can you imagine if Bill Belichick said something like this? Say what you want about Bill, but he doesn’t whine like that. When he complains, he always has a legit point.
    ————————————-
    Awww you poor little Belichick fan. LoL!!

  42. steelerdynasty2010 says: Aug 11, 2014 7:02 AM

    the harbaugh brothers whining to/through the media? i, for one, dont believe it. i bet they were misquoted…..those sneaky media members…always instigating

  43. dissed215 says: Aug 11, 2014 7:03 AM

    The Ravens didn’t excuse anyones behavior. The media just had to take a shot because they got butt hurt. More examples of the media trying to create the news instead of reporting it. Please, tell us all again how you’re disappointed in the NFL’s attempt to cherry-pick the information the public gets because it prevents you from cherry-picking the information the public gets.

  44. jimmyjames65 says: Aug 11, 2014 7:05 AM

    Wow! How many non-stories can the media create. So Ravens and 49ers practiced without incident.

  45. sidepull says: Aug 11, 2014 7:19 AM

    The blowhard brothers

  46. nvl004 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:29 AM

    Florio comes off a lil salty here. The media constantly critiques and second guesses the decisions the coaches make. But he gets defensive if a coach critiques how the media does their job.

  47. deceman20 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:29 AM

    Another mention of Ray Rice in a PFT article….by my count that’s the 9 millionth time

  48. holeinone09 says: Aug 11, 2014 9:01 AM

    “When it comes to the negative, the Ravens have been giving the media plenty this year to discuss — especially since the organization has chronically failed to perform any type of “self-check” regarding its decision to make excuses for a guy who knocked out his fiancée.”

    I agree with the sentiment of this comment. John Harbawl isn’t man enough to do something to make a statement. The Steelers cut Rainey. Maybe Harbawl is more worried about what music is being played over the PA system at the stadiums, right?

  49. gaperpants says: Aug 11, 2014 9:15 AM

    Whyyyyy?

  50. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 11, 2014 9:15 AM

    Sooooo…….
    You guys are whining about the Harbaughs whining.
    Pot meet kettle.

  51. r8rsfan says: Aug 11, 2014 9:42 AM

    Sounds like the Harbaughs called out the “pundits and scribes” again, and right on cue the media took offense.

  52. freedomofspeechyesway says: Aug 11, 2014 9:44 AM

    The Ravens made excuses for Ray Rice? I recall them saying they “stood behind him”, but I don’t really recall them actually making excuses for him? Can you list some of the specific excuses they made for him?

    It’s one thing to drag Ray Rice through the mud, but if you’re going to drag an organization through the mud by association, at least support the claim with a link to reports of said excuses.

  53. sbchampsagain says: Aug 11, 2014 9:45 AM

    “Steelers cut Rainey”

    Lets hope the accused woman beater Pouncey is next.

  54. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 11, 2014 11:51 AM

    I would like to point out the hypocrisy of indicting the media, whom you recently used as a platform to sway public opinion about your troubled player. They weren’t so bad then, were they?

    I think both Harbs can afford to hire a PR firm, they should pay someone to keep themselves away from the mic.

  55. si1m says: Aug 11, 2014 5:38 PM

    In this thread: people who would give their left nut to have Harbaugh coach their team, instead of the current overrated or soon-to-be-fired scrub currently there.

    Of course, when you’re winning constantly, you can say this stuff. When you are garbage, you have to tow the line at press conferences

  56. steelerdynasty2010 says: Aug 11, 2014 5:38 PM

    pointing out that they’re whining isnt the same as whining….but i like what you tried to do there

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