Wake-up caw: Harbaugh talks new contract
September, 10, 2013
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
The Baltimore Ravens aren't the only playoff team off to a slow start. With the Redskins losing Monday night, last season's division winners were 4-4 in Week 1. Here's your Wake-up caw ...
- In his first comments about his new contract, John Harbaugh called it an honor to coach the Ravens. “I’m just very excited about it and ready to move on and prove that decision was the right one,” Harbaugh said, via the team's official website. His last new contract, which came in February 2011, averaged $4 million per season and put him on the fringe of the top-10 highest paid coaches. This latest one reportedly will pay him nearly $7 million per year. Only three coaches make more than $7 million: the Patriots’ Bill Belichick, Saints’ Sean Payton and Chiefs’ Andy Reid.
- Defensive lineman Arthur Jones received positive news about his illness, which The Baltimore Sun described as a virus near his heart. But coach John Harbaugh doesn't know if Jones will be available for Sunday's game. "Good news, it seems to have cleared up," Harbaugh said. "He should be good, and we'll just have to see how ready he is to play this week. That will obviously be the issue football-wise. I can't make a prediction on that right now."
- The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston believes Anquan Boldin is a better fit for the 49ers. "Because of Colin Kaepernick's running ability, most teams play zone against him and that helps Boldin," Preston wrote. "He is able to find the holes and creases in zones as he did Sunday against the Packers. Here in Baltimore with Joe Flacco as quarterback, the Ravens would probably see more man-to-man defense because Flacco isn't a scrambler. When most teams pressed up on Boldin last season, especially big cornerbacks, he couldn't get separation."
- Cornerback Corey Graham said the Ravens lost sleep over their season-opening performance, but not their confidence. “We have to play better," Graham said, via Comcast SportsNet. "We know what we’ve got to do, and that was unacceptable. When you lose guys like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, obviously it’s big, but I feel like we definitely have the guys to get it done. We’ve just got to get on the same page, find a way to go out there and win games.” Graham, in particular, had a brutal game. According to Pro Football Focus, Graham graded out as the third-worst corner in Week 1 (only Darius Slay and Cortland Finnegan were worse).
- Harbaugh indicated wide receiver Jacoby Jones and offensive tackle Michael Oher are "day-to-day, week-to-week." Jones' knee injury is reportedly more of a concern than Oher's ankle injury. Jones is expected to miss four to six weeks. “We’ll see how that goes with Jacoby,” Harbaugh said, via the team's website. “He has a sprain. It’s not a serious-type thing. But we’ll just have to see how that goes."