Steve Bisciotti “certainly” thought about a coaching change

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Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti announced on Friday that 2018 will be General Manager Ozzie Newsome’s final year in that job and he said there was some thought given to having Newsome oversee a search for a new head coach before stepping down.

Bisciotti said he “certainly” thought about replacing John Harbaugh after the Ravens missed the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years. He said that he was proud of the way the team closed the year as they went 5-2 after the bye week to finish with a 9-7 record, but made it clear that he’s expecting a better outcome in 2018.

“I’m not going to give a playoff [or] bust edict to you all or my coach,” Bisciotti said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “He’s under as much pressure than probably he’s ever been in his life. I expect him to keep his chin up … and make the most of the season.”

Bisciotti rejected the idea that the franchise is at a “crossroad,” but it sounds like a new direction could be in the cards if another disappointing season coincides with the end of Newsome’s long run at the top of the personnel department.

39 responses to “Steve Bisciotti “certainly” thought about a coaching change

  1. If you can’t win in a division that contains the Browns and the Bengals, it doesn’t say much for Harbaugh’s coaching.

  2. The AFC North has become the softest division in the NFL. No wonder the Steelers look good in the regular season and implode in the playoffs

  3. Remember that time Belichick got him with the ineligible receiver trick, and Harbaugh threw such a fit that they changed the rule, and then he later got flagged for violating his own rule? That made me laugh. At one point the Ravens actually proposed that ineligible players wear a special jersey vest just so Harbaugh could sleep at night.

  4. “Remember that time Belichick got him with the ineligible receiver trick, and Harbaugh threw such a fit that they changed the rule, and then he later got flagged for violating his own rule? That made me laugh.

    At one point the Ravens actually proposed that ineligible players wear a special jersey vest just so Harbaugh could sleep at night.”
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    An amusing anecdote, except it didn’t happen that way. The Ravens did run the same play versus Oakland, but Harbaugh wan’t complaining about the NE play, he was complaining about the Patriots’ personnel: The Pats sent four offensive linemen out on the field, along with six players who usually would be considered eligible receivers. However, you’re only allowed five players as eligible receivers. Shane Vereen had to declare himself as ineligible, then line up in an ineligible spot. In contrast the Ravens sent out five linemen and five eligible receivers. Nobody had to declare they were eligible or ineligible. They just had to line up right and hope the Raiders didn’t notice. You can see both plays if you google “The Ravens stole the Patriots trick play John Harbaugh complained about last year”

    Also they did not get penalized, which you can confirm by looking at the game play by play on espn.

    But hey, #alternative facts are more fun.

  5. Remember that time Belichick got him with the ineligible receiver trick, and Harbaugh threw such a fit that they changed the rule, and then he later got flagged for violating his own rule?
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    Remember those 2 playoff games where Harbaugh took Belichick behind the woodshed?

  6. Karma for initiating the ball air pressure fraud, as well as his initiating the less talked about, but misguided investigation into the Patriots swapping out footballs for their kicker, which turned out to be an NFL employee stealing official NFL footballs and swapping in fakes, and then selling the real NFL footballs on eBay. He deserves what he’s getting, and the NFL should have made a much larger public announcement and apology about this criminal activity within their own ranks so they could clear up the wrongful soiling and slandering of the image of their star franchise, but we know how that goes.

  7. I wonder how hard it would be for a coach with 1 losing season in a decade, 10 playoff wins in a decade, 6 playoff appearances, a .653 winning percentage, and a Super Bowl ring to find a job? My guess is he’d be unemployed for about 3 minutes.

  8. Everything comes to and end. Sometimes a change of scenery is all that is needed. There will ne HC jobs for Harbaugh in the 2019 season, and if he is fired next year before other HCs get the axe he could even end up in a new city next year.

  9. The AFC North has become the softest division in the NFL. No wonder the Steelers look good in the regular season and implode in the playoffs.

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    Sounds like the Packers to me.

  10. 9-7 against that soft schedule wasn’t that good. And yes, 5-2 down the stretch but those two losses were awful. Couldn’t man up against the Steelers and then imploded when it counted against the Bungles. That loss was a fireable offence all on its own.

  11. Plenty of blame to go around. Ravens have an expensive but average QB. Yes, Joe won a Super Bowl, but that seems long ago. Ozzie has missed on plenty of high draft picks. Add injuries and Ozzie’s poor contract extensions to the equation and you have no post-season fun. It’s not a Harbaugh’s fault.

  12. Harbaugh seems to be a good coach for the most part. The 1 SB win, overall record combined with his age = another job easily if he’s gone next year. But how he escapes blame for crap offenses for years is beyond comprehension. Firing the OC every other year or sooner and blaming Flacco gives him a lot of shade to hide in. Anyone who thinks Flacco is the worst turd around might be forgetting what awful offenses he’s been in, below average skill players he’s had & constant change in offensive coaches. Point most of the blame at outgoing Ozzie and Harbaugh.

  13. aarons444 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Remember those 2 playoff games where Harbaugh took Belichick behind the woodshed?
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    Barely – wasn’t the last Baltimore victory vs NE in 2012? And I guess you could credit Harbaugh, but really it was the Ray Lewis-Ed Reed led defense that won that game. Both those guys are loooooong gone though.

    Overall, Belichick is 6-3 vs Harbaugh coached teams, so if that’s something to gloat about it just shows you how dominant the Patriots have been.

  14. The Ravens probably won their last SB ever under this idiotic owner, who thinks that the Ravens’ decline is due to bad coaching. The truth is that the Ravens have lost a lot of talent since winning their last SB, and Ozzie has not done a good job replacing them through the draft. Teams that have won super bowls recently, with the exception of New England, have declined sharply due to the salary cap and free agency. Look at the Giants, Packers, Saints and Broncos. None of them has gone back to the SB since winning it all and all of them have missed the playoffs for at least one season since. Even the Seahawks are on the decline after losing good players year after year. They have also missed the playoffs just like the other SB winning teams.

  15. Wow I’m surprised by the amount of hate for Harbaugh. To me the fact that he coached that team to 9-7 is very impressive, honestly of all the teams in the AFCN, they might be the least talented. If we had him over Marvin Lewis we would probably win 11- 12 games a year.

  16. lanman11 says:

    Karma for initiating the ball air pressure fraud,
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    The Deflator agrees.

  17. John Harbaugh in exchange for Mike McCarthy.
    Sounds like both organizations could benefit
    with a re-boot and a fresh start.

    They both run similar systems, so that’s a plus.

  18. Not going anywhere unless Flacco restructures his contract. Otherwise, if Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph are there at 16, the Ravens should bite on one of them.

  19. joshhatesthesteelers says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Wow I’m surprised by the amount of hate for Harbaugh.
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    It’s not hate for Harbaugh – it is amazement that people here continue to give Harbaugh credit for what was obviously success they had when HOFs Lewis and Reed led the team.

    And yet every year are told how great a coach Harbaugh is, and how no one wants to play them in the playoffs, etc. I guess no one noticed that they haven’t done squat in 5 years?

  20. nhpats says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    The AFC North has become the softest division in the NFL. No wonder the Steelers look good in the regular season and implode in the playoffs
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    Hilarious to hear NE fan, whose AFC East division hasn’t had a QB to face in its division for over 20 years, suggesting another division has it easy. Really!

  21. Clearly, Flacco isn’t elite, I guess the owner is the last to know. I’m no Harbaugh apologist but HE should leave for a different job.

  22. Wow I’m surprised by the amount of hate for Harbaugh. To me the fact that he coached that team to 9-7 is very impressive, honestly of all the teams in the AFCN, they might be the least talented. If we had him over Marvin Lewis we would probably win 11- 12 games a year

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    There 9 wins were against:
    DeShone Kizer (x2)
    Andy Dalton
    EJ Manuel
    Matt Moore
    Brett Hundley
    Tom Savage
    Matthew Stafford
    Jacoby Brissett

    They could have very very easily been 4-12.

  23. peyton42 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 3:21 pm
    I wonder how hard it would be for a coach with 1 losing season in a decade, 10 playoff wins in a decade, 6 playoff appearances, a .653 winning percentage, and a Super Bowl ring to find a job? My guess is he’d be unemployed for about

    Tampa will be a landing spot next year. We would take him.

  24. aarons444 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    The AFC North has become the softest division in the NFL.
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    It’s been that way for a number of years now. Sure, fans of teams in the AFC North love to reflect on wins compiled years ago, but the fact is that Cleveland and Cincinnati have been a disaster in recent years, and anytime Pittsburgh or Baltimore manage to win the division they get bounced out of the playoffs by real competition.

  25. Qzzie does need to step down and let Eric take over. Guess I’mm going to have to change my name.

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