John Harbaugh on schedule: Our enemies hope our challenges bring us down

AP

The Ravens open the season in Denver on Sunday afternoon and they won’t be back in Baltimore for the first round of monday morning quarterbacking.

They’ll fly to California instead to prepare for their Week Two game in Oakland, a routine they’ll repeat in Weeks Six and Seven when they face the 49ers and Cardinals on the road in consecutive weeks. They also play in Pittsburgh on a Thursday night in Week Four, which makes for five road games in the first seven weeks of the year.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it is “certainly” a challenging slate, but added that every team has challenges over the course of the season and found some emphatic words to express that the Ravens can’t let their particular set stop them from succeeding.

“Our enemies are looking very favorably upon our challenges and they’re hoping our challenges will bring us down,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN.com. “We have to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

The Ravens’ enemies probably don’t look so favorably upon the four-week stretch immediately following the game against Arizona. Harbaugh and company will have three straight home games with a bye worked in, which is a pretty nice way to set up for the stretch run.

63 responses to “John Harbaugh on schedule: Our enemies hope our challenges bring us down

  1. Well John, let’s just hope your “enemies” don’t run any of those tricky plays on you, like reverses or flea flickers.

    Hate to see you have to run crying to the league again.

  2. Best coach in the NFL. Missed the playoffs only once in 7 years. Never a losing season. Won a Superbowl. Destroyed the Steelers January 3, 2015. LOL.

  3. .
    John Harbaugh on Super Bowl Sunday :

    “I heard all that, I couldn’t believe it when I heard it,” Harbaugh told Bob Costas.  “It’s ridiculous, it never happened, I’ve been, I never made any call, nobody in our organization made any call.  As a matter of fact, just to make sure I had all the facts, I called up Chuck Pagano and asked him, ‘Did anybody else in our organization tip you off about deflated footballs?’ and he said, ‘No way.’”

    John Harbaugh caught in a lie :

    Colts equipment manager Sean Sullivan sent an email to G.M. Ryan Grigson before the AFC Championship saying that the Ravens’ special teams coach, Jerry Rosburg, had called Colts head coach Chuck Pagano to warn him of potential problems with game balls. According to the email, the Ravens had problems in their own playoff loss to the Patriots the week before, and urged the Colts to be careful.

    “Two concerns came up as of yesterday on footballs at New England,” Sullivan wrote, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. “First off the special teams coordinator from the Baltimore Ravens called Coach Pagano and said that they had issues last week at the game that when they were kicking (Baltimore that is) they were given new footballs instead of the ones that were prepared correctly.”

    Harbaugh’s pants are fully engulfed
    .

  4. Why do the Ravens think they have enemies? What is exactly going on in the NFL these days that have so many people paranoid? This is no way for a successful organization to be run.

  5. The challenge that Harbaugh was unsuccessful in framing Brady is indeed a tough one to overcome

    Then he has to potentially face the reigning “AFC Finalists” too

  6. I sort of hope the league does put games in Mexico just so we can listen to him whine about the schedule in Spanish.

  7. The Ravens whined to the league about having to fly west 4 times, and lobbied to have them as two separate sets of back-to-back games, to minimize travel.

    Classic response by NFL. Make it week 1 & 2, which is one of the most important regroup weeks for teams/staffs of the year. And with the week 6 & 7 match up, the league is making them play on MNF Week 7, meaning they have to stay out west for an extra day.

    Good for the league for sticking it to these crybabies. Careful what you wish for.

  8. I hope New England and Baltimore are the 2 last standing in the AFC!!! Love those games!!!

  9. Stop whining John. The Steelers face the Seahawks (on the road), the Colts, the Bengals (on the road), the Broncos and the Ravens(on the road). All in consecutive weeks. Want something legitimate to whine about? Go see the NFL schedulers to get some clarity on that one.

  10. John Harbaugh would LOVE the responses on this thread. Everyone hates a winner.

    And to all those “conspiracy” losers, Harbaugh and the Ravens had nothing to do with the deflated football nonsense. The only conversations about footballs between some of the Colts and Ravens coaches were about the kicking footballs.

  11. heisthejuan says:
    Sep 9, 2015 9:32 AM

    The Ravens whined to the league about having to fly west 4 times, and lobbied to have them as two separate sets of back-to-back games, to minimize travel.

    Classic response by NFL. Make it week 1 & 2, which is one of the most important regroup weeks for teams/staffs of the year. And with the week 6 & 7 match up, the league is making them play on MNF Week 7, meaning they have to stay out west for an extra day.

    Good for the league for sticking it to these crybabies. Careful what you wish for.

    ***********************************

    Just wait until they start sticking it to the Patri*ts. It’s going to make what they did to the Raiders for all those years look like a trip to Disneyland by comparison.

  12. He’s already warming up his whining for the first game

    WAAAAA WAAAAA other teams want us to lose WAAAAAAAAAA

    What a coward and an idiot who loses his cool on the sidelines regularly.

  13. You guys act like he is the first coach to complain about their schedule. They all have.

    You all dump on every coach, accept the the who cheats…those brothers are excellent, proven coaches, who don’t have a TB12!

  14. Yet with all these brave Internet comments he will keep winning. Unless you’ve been under a rock, the experts think so too. Enjoy watching him from your parents couch while he’s on the sidelines in January and February.

  15. Enemies? Paranoid much? Take it easy there Kim Jong Harbaugh. What’s next, food tasters? It’s sports, you have competitors not enemies. Only lunatic fringe fans view the other teams as enemies and remember what Parcells said about that, “Start thinking like a fan and pretty soon you’ll be sitting with them”

  16. Harbaugh whines? His “whining” is nothing compared to whining that goes on here by rival fans after each win, always some excuse as to why they shouldn’t have won. Don’t believe me? Can back Monday morning and see all the whining that will be going on after the Ravens beat the Denver on Sunday.

  17. Stuff is confusing to Harbaugh. Heck, he and his defense could not even understand it when the refs told them “don’t cover 34. 34 is ineligible”.

  18. I know last time the Ravens faced Denver in wk 1 it sure wasn’t pretty. Outcome will be the same this go around as Manning will pick apart that awful, awful defense.

  19. Coach whiner is preparing his excuses for the losing season ahead. Funny he is complaining about his schedule but the team with the toughest schedule isn’t saying a word….yup you guessed it the Steelers.

    Some people have to do something to be hated. John has it easy….he just has to get out of bed in the morning.

  20. I do wonder sometimes what life was like back in the day at the Harbaugh clan. I imagine it went something like this:

    Thanksgiving Day. Jimmy and Johnny outside, rough housing. Older Johnny tackling younger Jimmy. Younger Jimmy crying and whining; older Johnny laughing and gloating. Then Older Johnny lets younger Jimmy up, and then younger Jimmy blindsides older Johnny, who then starts crying and whining. Then Papa Harbaugh comes outside, smacks both of them upside the head, makes them run laps, and goes inside and eats all the tiny marshmallows off the sweet potato pie, then gloats afterwards. Then Jimmy and Johnny come inside, all tired and sweaty, see that Papa Harbaugh has eaten all the tiny marshmallows off the sweet potato pie — AGAIN — then they both start crying and whining, only to be smacked upside the head and made to run more laps. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

  21. Steelers fans talking? Haha you got beat down on your own home field. You haven’t won anything in how long? Why exactly are you talking again? Go have a snickers drooly

    I can only laugh at those hating on Harbs – one of the best coaches in the league who only continues to win and get his team to perform when it matters most. Keep the hate flowing though!

    Cheers!

  22. the team with the toughest schedule isn’t saying a word….yup you guessed it the Steelers.

    Are they phoning in this loss or are the actually going to show up for the humiliation ?

  23. All the criticism of Harbaugh and yet he never ordered cronies to tape other teams’ signals nor did he run out onto the field to trip up kick returners. And the play he complained about is now banned because it’s inherently unfair. So hate on, because he’s not paying $500k or even $100k fines. He doesn’t have to walk out on the field covered in asterisks and he doesn’t have to give a post game hug to a QB who (I’m certain) he doesn’t want around his daughter.

  24. angrypurplebirds says: Sep 9, 2015 10:59 AM

    Harbaugh whines? His “whining” is nothing compared to whining that goes on here by rival fans after each win, always some excuse as to why they shouldn’t have won. Don’t believe me? Can back Monday morning and see all the whining that will be going on after the Ravens beat the Denver on Sunday.
    ——————————————

    You just described the Ravens fans from the loss to the Patriots in Jan to the present day. Just saying.

    Ravens fans think that if a team deploys a formation that the Ravens weren’t prepared for, that it is cheating, even if said formation is legal

  25. Harbaugh is playing mind games with half a deck of cards and doesn’t know the rules. Everything he says comes across as a whine…but hey he represents the city and fans to a T…..who is teaching who…..

  26. “Everything he says comes across as a whine…”

    No. Ya’ll just want to hear it that way because he is a rival coach. Let’s be honest here.

  27. It’s just a game. There shouldn’t be “enemies”.

    Though if one is to classify someone as an enemy, doing whatever it takes to beat you in a game seems to rank a little lower than doing whatever it takes to sabotage your career, slander you in the press, turn the public against you, and fabricate an elaborate fiction that is designed to tarnish your legacy and hobble your success in subsequent years.

    The Patriots have “enemies”. The Ravens just have rivals and fellow competitors. I hope Harbaugh understands that.

  28. As a Ravens fan i am not that optimistic about this years team. Maybe Sundays game against Denver will prove me wrong, i hope so.

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