John Harbaugh says little, implies plenty, about the Rams


As the Ravens try to pick up their third win of the season, they’ll be facing a Rams team that has become the subject of plenty of debate and discussion about whether it engages in dirty play.

On Wednesday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about the situation. What he said wasn’t nearly as significant as what he didn’t say.

Via Jamison Hensley of, Harbaugh was asked whether he talked to the team about the Rams’ reputation for dirty play.

“We address everything,” Harbaugh said. “We address everything we can think of to address. We’ll just leave it at that.”

The Rams were accused of dirty play in the aftermath of a Week Nine loss at Minnesota. It’s not an uncommon event in football, given that hitting other players is a fundamental part of the game — and that the guy who gets hit often doesn’t agree with the intention of the hit, especially if the hit results in an injury.

Regardless, it’s smart for Harbaugh to factor in “everything” when facing a team. And it’s even smarter not to mention before the game one or more potentially inflammatory subsets of “everything.”

36 responses to “John Harbaugh says little, implies plenty, about the Rams

  1. What Harbaugh means is, he showed the team the video of Jernigan poking Brady in the eye during their play off game in January. Then he showed them “highlights” of Suggs’ career. That way the Ravens players know what dirty plays are, so they can beat the Rams to the punch, so to speak

  2. spiffybiff says:
    Nov 19, 2015 11:22 AM
    Pot meet kettle
    Hate the Ravens but this comment makes absolutely no sense and has no substance behind it. Makes me wonder if you even know what it means.

    Ravens have never been known as a dirty team from what I can remember besides 1 or 2 hits by Bernard Pollard back in 2011.

  3. Given the whining and finger pointing after their losses, I am more interested in what John Harbaugh will say AFTER this week’s game.

  4. Do the Rams play dirty? Ask the Minnesota Vikings. And by the way, Gregg Williams needs to be banned from the league. He’s got a long history of coaching his defenses to play dirty.

  5. From the team that took out then rookie Michael Brockers in a pre-season game no less with an illegal, dirty high/low block and laughed about it not being called.

  6. more whining from coach whaaaaaaaabaugh.

    who’d have thought???

    have you been studying your rule book this year johnny?

    :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

  7. Hey all you football gurus.. They’re is a difference between being physical and playing dirty. But I’m sure you all know that..

    Here’s a dirty play.. AFC championship game 2012 – remember when Tom terrific was sliding and kicked Ed Reed in the junk? That’s dirty..

  8. steelerfanjo says:
    Nov 19, 2015 12:22 PM

    Its not up for debate because it isn’t factual. That’s why no one talks about it anymore.

  9. Cryin’ John Harbaugh ,”we address everything”,didn’t address legal formations before last years playoff loss to the Patriots..he addressed it after the game by whining and setting deflategate in motion… Then the fraud uses said formations this year.

  10. The Bounty Bowl!!! YES!!!!! Wish I could see it. I’m sure there’ll be a lot of highlights & fines to follow. Too bad they both can’t lose.

  11. I think both teams have a problem with how they play but I find the Rams situation much more puzzling. They have some good talent on both sides of the ball (although a real QB would help) and what they need more than anything, is a change of head coaches etc. , someone who will focus on the talent they have and less on playing dirty. Fischer has never really been known as a winning coach. Rams could use someone like John Fox etc.

  12. Rams are dirty. It’s not really even debatable. The real question is how can Jeff Fisher keep his job. For a team with all that talent they have underachieved every single year under Fisher. The game has passed him by. The guy just isn’t a very good coach. I guess he teaches them how to play for a beat past the whistle and take cheap shots on guys but that hasn’t translated to wins. How does this guy keep his job?

  13. Good grief. Aside the non-dirty hit on Bridgewater, can someone actually refer to an actual dirty hit by the Rams?

    Otherwise, this is just more food for the whiney baby Viking fans who while being fully behind a child beater, are aghast at the possibility that their QB did not slide soon enough.

  14. Why not tell it like it is ESPN and ask Harbaugh if he thinks the Ravens, with their history, are in a position to comment on the so called Big Bad Rams, the dirtiest team with the dirtiest Coach and dirtiest D-Coordinator in the whole world.

    Sounds like another ESPN bait and switch if you ask me. Always trying to create drama in sports. All Harbaugh says is “We address everything” and that is supposed to imply plenty?

    Guess it works though seeing all the haters crawl out from under there computer chairs licking their chops at another chance to bash a couple of coaches they hate.

  15. 12coltsfan12 says:
    Nov 19, 2015 12:15 PM
    more whining from coach whaaaaaaaabaugh.

    who’d have thought???

    have you been studying your rule book this year johnny?

    A colts fan calling another team cry babies? Now that is rich. =D

  16. Rams are dirty but Terrell Suggs went dirty 3 or 4 years ago. I remember last year he dove into the back of a Steelers knees when he was engaged with another Raven and in pre-season this year he dove at the knees of Sam Bradford. Karma is a…..

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