John Harbaugh has “no doubt” offense can be very successful

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The Ravens have made in-season changes at offensive coordinator a couple of times under head coach John Harbaugh and some have wondered if Marty Mornhinweg might get dispatched as the team looks for an offensive approach that leads to consistent success.

Harbaugh was asked about that at his Monday press conference and called it a “fair question” before saying that he didn’t see the situation with the offense is as dire as others might think. Harbaugh said he sees “an identity to this offense” and is “excited” about what the team has to build on after a 4-5 start to the season.

“So, there’s no doubt in my mind that we can be a very successful offense throughout the rest of the season,” Harbaugh said. “We show enough flashes of it based on the tape, based on the way I see guys are playing, and who we’ve had and haven’t had out there, that I feel that we’re going to be able to do that. I have a lot of confidence in the coaching staff, I have a lot of confidence in the players, and I can see the way forward.”

If the Ravens are going to put something better together, work they do during their bye week will likely be an important part of the puzzle. They have time and expect to get running backs Terrance West and Danny Woodhead back when they return to action against the Packers in Week 11.

Should they make good on Harbaugh’s optimistic view, the Ravens could work their way into the playoff mix in the AFC. If they can’t, it will be harder to avoid a chance to the offensive coaching staff as the unit should be a major focus of attention in the offseason.

27 responses to “John Harbaugh has “no doubt” offense can be very successful

  1. Dude is delusional and deep into denial. That so-called offense is impotent, flaccid, if you will.

  2. If not, it’ll be because other teams have read and understood the rulebook, but I’ll throw a flag to Park Ave every time that happens.

    Just think Cyrbaugh, in 2012 when you just squeaked past Kaepernick for the SB, the Pats were by the AFCCG the league’s most banged-up team. Yes, both Pats and Ravens had 17 guys on IR, but in addition the Pats had 13 guys (most of them key) on the injury report. Many of them didn’t play or were severly limited, and more were lost in-game – whereas Ravens were healthy (one guy probable, who played fully). But for that luck you would not be coaching today – since the SB you’ve got a .460 (35-38) record.

  3. The Ravens are cooked -they have no receivers & no chance. Weddle is living in the 70’s if he thinks the defense can win games for this team.

  4. .
    “You are what your record says you are” :

    2017 4-5

    2016 8-8 second in AFC North

    2015 5-11 third in AFC North

    2014 10-6 third in AFC North

    2013 8-8 third in AFC North

    These guys are unworthy of an Indy style participation banner.
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  5. As a Ravens fan, it is obvious there is little chance this team goes .500 let alone a sniff at the playoffs, base don what we’ve seen so far.
    Could the return of West, Woodhead, Boyle and some others be the difference? One can dream right?

    So as a Ravens fan, I say “keep dreaming”.

  6. Harbaugh’s only know two things… #1. Media loves them. #2. THey are cry-babies. The Ravens are a joke of a franchise and no matter what happend, they always will be a joke. They put up a statue of Ray Lewis… think about that for minute. Who is next… Jamal Lewis, Donta Stallworth, Terrell Suggs and Ray Rice?

  7. streetyson says:
    November 7, 2017 at 7:32 am
    Just think Cyrbaugh, in 2012 when you just squeaked past Kaepernick for the SB, the Pats were by the AFCCG the league’s most banged-up team. Yes, both Pats and Ravens had 17 guys on IR, but in addition the Pats had 13 guys

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    Nobody cares about the Patriots.

  8. Another year, another coordinator going down due to Joe Flacco. How many people need to be the scape goat for this guys incompetence? They have fired multiple OC’s, the offensive line has been chastised, the running backs have been chastised, and the WRs have been chastised. The only constant in this whole situation has been Joe Flacco. The guy is bad, he has always been bad. He had a lucky super bowl run made up of busted coverages and moon balls and one of the worst mistakes the Ravens made was paying him that contract. Cut your losses, find a new QB. Its time.

  9. Harbaugh has worn out his welcome in Baltimore and I believe it is time for a change. No denying his record through the SB victory, but his retreaded statements are getting old and I do not think his players have a ton of respect for him. What have you done for us lately Harbs?

  10. Lots of Ravens haters on this post – its odd that people take time to hate a team rather than just enjoying a sport that may not be around much longer – that said I do agree that Harbs is delusional if he thinks this offense can be good this year – need to go get Kubiak as O Coord if he is really looking to return – 2014 with him was the best Flacco has played since Super Bowl year.

  11. Harbaugh is, and always has been, overrated. He inherited a defense with 2 surefire and another potential Hall of Famer. The front office drafted the last two productive offensive skill players worth anything (Flacco and Rice) his first year. After winning the Super Bowl by the skin of his teeth he cleared the locker room out of team guys that didn’t kowtow to him (Boldin, Pollard, to some extent Ed Reed). Then the Ray Rice debacle. Then a series of ho-hum OCs (besides Kubiak) and mediocre seasons.

    I’m a Ravens fan. This team needs a lot of things: almost an entire overhaul on offense, a new scouting department, a new training staff, a new logo, new uniforms, potentially a new GM and definitely a new HC. There is nothing more sad than a sports team clutching to past wins, scraping and clawing to keep a window open. It’s done. It’s over. The best thing they can do is start fresh. The defense is young and has talent. But it’s time for a new era.

    The only problem? The team is stuck with Flacco (and, by extension, probably Harbaugh) for another year. Settle in Ravens fans, there is still another year of this to come.

  12. Johnny Whinebaugh is cooked in Baltimore. Ozzie is next. Then again, I would almost prefer they stay, to keep watching their delusions in action for years to come.

  13. It’s time for the Ravens to “suggest” a retirement for Ozzie Newsome and promote Eric DeCosta to GM. They should then let DeCosta determine whether or not to keep Harbaugh. I personally would like to see them get someone like Frank Reich or Teryl Austin to replace Harbaugh, but it has to be DeCosta’s call.

    They also need to draft a QB next year, probably in the 1st round. They need a young QB on the roster with some experience so he can take over when Flacco is shown the door after next year. They need some offensive linemen and receivers too, but they may need to look at the free agent market, as well as the draft for those players. The only OL guys worth keeping are Stanley, Yanda, Lewis, Jensen (as a backup though) and the rookies Eluemunor and Siragusa. Maclin, Watson, Boyle and maybe Maxx Williams, are the only WRs/TEs worth keeping.

  14. streetyson says:
    November 7, 2017 at 7:32 am
    If not, it’ll be because other teams have read and understood the rulebook, but I’ll throw a flag to Park Ave every time that happens.

    Just think Cyrbaugh, in 2012 when you just squeaked past Kaepernick for the SB, the Pats were by the AFCCG the league’s most banged-up team. Yes, both Pats and Ravens had 17 guys on IR, but in addition the Pats had 13 guys (most of them key) on the injury report. Many of them didn’t play or were severly limited, and more were lost in-game – whereas Ravens were healthy (one guy probable, who played fully). But for that luck you would not be coaching today – since the SB you’ve got a .460 (35-38) record.

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    LOL

    I said it at the time, but when Ozzie didn’t budget for Flacco and waited out his rookie deal so he became a free agent after 2012, I knew it would have a devastating effect. I also knew it would trigger cap hells all over the league, and create a mediocre or at times, a BAD NFL product as a result.

    Part of BB’s brilliance as a GM is salary allocation and understanding the market. The Pats have never been in a cap hell and never will be.

    Ozzie Newsome has had the media brainwashed into thinking he is great along with a GM like Ted Thompson. Neither can hold BB’s jockstrap as a GM, however, and yet, you never hear the media compliment BB on his GM acumen, which makes me laugh.

    It’s the only bullet they can legitimately think they can use to go after BB. Meanwhile, they ignore disastrous GM moves by the very GMs they constantly fawn over, even when they’ve clearly screwed up.

  15. I’m a Ravens fan. This team needs a lot of things: almost an entire overhaul on offense, a new scouting department, a new training staff, a new logo, new uniforms, potentially a new GM and definitely a new HC. There is nothing more sad than a sports team clutching to past wins, scraping and clawing to keep a window open. It’s done. It’s over. The best thing they can do is start fresh. The defense is young and has talent. But it’s time for a new era.

    The only problem? The team is stuck with Flacco (and, by extension, probably Harbaugh) for another year. Settle in Ravens fans, there is still another year of this to come.

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    LOL!!!

    So, even YOU admit your logo and team uni is hideous. Thank you. It’s arguably the lamest and goofiest logo, uni and color scheme I have ever seen in sports.

  16. tylawspick6 says:
    November 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

    The Pats have never been in a cap hell and never will be.

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    Sure they will. It’ll happen with BB leaves shortly after TB retires and the Pats fade back into the same state of mediocre obsolescence that the team occupied basically up until 2000.

  17. “The only OL guys worth keeping are Stanley, Yanda, Lewis, Jensen (as a backup though) and the rookies Eluemunor and Siragusa. Maclin, Watson, Boyle and maybe Maxx Williams, are the only WRs/TEs worth keeping.”

    Yanda will be 34 next year. So, the replacement needs to be on the roster soon. Alex Lewis might be okay but he’s never healthy and still projects better as a RT. Jensen has that ginger temper and is always one dumb move from a penalty.

    Maclin is on a 2-year deal, so whatever. But Watson is about to retire, Boyle is a suspension concern and Maxx is a bust. This is the kind of mentality I’m talking about. The Harbaugh era Ravens got their Lombardi and sent off Ray Lewis in style. Perfect. But Ravens fans are spoiled. It’s time we accept that we’re on a downturn and start looking at a rebuild everywhere but the defense. It’s time.

  18. Here’s what I take from Harbaughs comments yesterday. He is willing to go down, but he’s going down with his guy Marty. Anyone who watches this team know’s there is no “offensive identity”. This team and its fan base knows what they have in Flacco, surround him with a good O Line and a run game and he can help win games. He is not in any position to elevate the offense to another level though.
    This team knew that, and they have done nothing on offense to help this team win since the super bowl year. And for all these people crying for DeCosta, all the bad drafts have been happening since he has been more involved. Are we sure he is the solution and not the problem?

  19. I hate when comments like this are blow up. He was asked a question. He said what any good coach/leader would say in public to members of the media.

  20. @johngavinjr

    With all the injuries, the O-Line is ranked 14th in the NFL as of today!
    Rushing we rank 10th
    Receivers are our problem, ranked at 31st
    And we’re stuck with our QB, so fix the receivers (TE and WR) and I think we’ll be way better off.

    Defense vs total pass yards, ranked 10th
    Defense vs total rush yards, ranked 30th Fix this.

    So 2 major holes: Offensive receiving and defensive rush.

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