Baltimore Ravens: John Harbaugh

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens' win over the Miami Dolphins kept the team in the playoff hunt and John Harbaugh in an exclusive coaching club.

With the Ravens securing their eighth win Sunday, Harbaugh remains one of four coaches in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and not have a losing season. This elite list includes: Vince Lombardi, John Madden, Mike Tomlin and Harbaugh.

While there's a mutual respect with Tomlin, Harbaugh was awestruck when told that he shares an accomplishment with two Hall of Fame coaches in Lombardi and Madden.

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Nick Wass/AP PhotoJohn Harbaugh remains one of four coaches in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and not have a losing season.
"I can't believe it. That's amazing," Harbaugh said. "I've been blessed to get to know John Madden. We have a kind of relationship that he's mentoring a lot of us guys where I can call him up and talk to him anytime. Vince Lombardi is the icon of all our youth. Put it this way, there'd be no comparison question there. You can all safely say that."

In his seventh season, Harbaugh owns the fourth-best winning percentage (.648) among active NFL head coaches, compiling a 79-43 record. He is the only head coach in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first four and five seasons.

This season has been one of Harbaugh's best coaching jobs when you consider the amount of challenges the team has overcome. The Ravens (8-5) are a half-game out of first place in the AFC North despite the Ray Rice scandal, the suspension of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and eight starters (tight ends Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels, offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, guard Kelechi Osemele, defensive end Chris Canty, cornerbacks Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb and Asa Jackson) missing at least one game to injury.

Harbaugh's strength is to never dwell on the past and constantly look forward. When Ngata was suspended last week, Harbaugh simply announced the news at the start of the team meeting before saying, "OK, let’s go to work.”

Quarterback Joe Flacco was asked about why the Ravens can handle adversity so well and he pointed immediately to Harbaugh.

"It starts with John and his attitude that he brings to the team meeting room ... and it filters throughout the rest of us," Flacco said. "So, we are able to keep that levelheadedness and keep the same mentality no matter what's happened the previous week."

Flacco said Harbaugh provides the guidance on how to handle difficulties.

"I think he’s so comfortable and so confident in what he is doing that he can portray that to all of us and we can [follow his lead]," Flacco said. "Let’s just say adversity is losing a game. We all don’t feel good coming in here on Tuesday after a loss. But when you see your head coach get up there and, while he is fiery, he is still confident about getting back to work and going out there the next week … I think he’s been doing a really good job with that, and that’s with everything.”

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A look at who's rising and falling on the Baltimore Ravens heading into their Week 15 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars:

RISING

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Elvis Dumervil's sacks. The Ravens' new single-season sacks record holder has recorded nine sacks over his past five games, which is 1.5 more than anyone else in the NFL over that span. Dumervil is tied with Kansas City's Justin Houston for the league lead with 16 sacks. The difference is Dumervil has played 336 fewer snaps than Houston.

Joe Flacco's ability to extend drives. The Ravens put together drives of 10, 11 and 12 plays Sunday in Miami because of their quarterback's play on third downs. Over the past three games, Flacco's 127.2 passer rating on third down is best in the NFL. He has completed 76 percent of his passes on third downs during this stretch with three touchdowns.

Big runs in the fourth quarter. The Ravens pride themselves on being the most physical team in the NFL, and it's evident in how they wear down teams in the running game. Last Sunday, the Ravens broke three runs of 20 yards or longer in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins. For the season, the Ravens have produced 10 20-yard runs in the fourth quarter, which more than doubles every team in the league.

FALLING

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John Harbaugh's patience with special-teams penalties. The Ravens have committed four penalties on punt returns the past three games, which has moved them back inside their own 20-yard line three times. On Sunday, Danny Gorrer was flagged for holding on a return, pinning the Ravens inside their own 4. Coach John Harbaugh is getting tired of giving away valuable field position. "We work way too hard on technique and fundamentals to be having fouls on special teams," he said.

Ravens' tackling. The Ravens have reverted back to some bad habits, missing nine tackles in each of their past two games. Defensive back Matt Elam has missed three tackles the past two weeks and now has a total of 12 on the season, which ranks second on the Ravens. Rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley leads the Ravens with 13 missed tackles.

Steve Smith's hands. The veteran wide receiver has been failing to hold on to some critical catches, including one in the end zone last Sunday in Miami. Smith now has seven dropped passes on the season, which is tied for ninth-most in the NFL. The trend lately is for Smith to pull down the tough throws and drop the easy ones.
John Harbaugh handed out two game balls following the Baltimore Ravens' 28-13 win in Miami.

He gave one to quarterback Joe Flacco, who had a stellar game just days after his grandfather passed away. He delivered the other to strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki.

Not only did the Ravens win in 76-degree weather, but they got better in the warm temperature and wore down a Dolphins team that should've been used to such conditions. In the last three quarters, the Ravens outscored the Dolphins, 28-3.

Beating the heat is nothing new for the Ravens. Since Harbaugh took over as coach in 2008, the Ravens are 11-4 (.733) when the game-time temperature is above 75 degrees. No other NFL team has a better record.

It will be much different weather Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, where the temperature is expected to remain in the mid-40s.
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- John Harbaugh is at his best as a coach when his team faces adversity because he knows how to get the Baltimore Ravens in the right mindset.

Their 28-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins proved it again.

With last Sunday's fourth-quarter collapse and recent suspension of Haloti Ngata swirling around this team, nothing put the Ravens in a must-win mentality more than Harbaugh going for it on fourth down-and-1 in the third quarter from his own 34-yard line. Joe Flacco converted it with a quarterback sneak, and the Ravens were celebrating the go-ahead touchdown seven plays later.

The Ravens rallied to beat the Dolphins because of the momentum that came from Harbaugh's gamble. They're squarely back in the AFC playoff picture as a result of the confidence that his risky decision inspired.

Has there been a gutsier decision in Harbaugh's seven seasons as Ravens coach? Has there been a gutsier coaching call in Ravens history?

The Ravens were trailing 10-7 at that point. The prevailing thought was that the Ravens' playoff hopes would end if they lost.

As far as turning points go, this fourth down was it. In many ways, it was fourth down and the season.

"The game wasn’t going our way. We did something to make it go our way," wide receiver Kamar Aiken said. "It was all or nothing,”

Some will still say it was the wrong call. Others might call it a crazy one. Harbaugh, though, viewed it as an easy decision. Right after wide receiver Marlon Brown's third-down reception came up a yard short, Harbaugh was told by his assistants in the coaches' box that the metrics -- the statistics that calculate success rate and situations -- said the right call was to go for it.

"Still, in the end, it's about what your gut says," Harbaugh said.

The Ravens (8-5) are a half-game back of the first-place Cincinnati Bengals because they rallied from an early 10-point deficit and put together a 97-yard drive after Flacco threw an interception in the end zone.

The ultimate gut check was still Harbaugh's decision. With 10:48 left in the third quarter, none of the players had to ask Harbaugh what he was going to do on fourth down.

"He kind of has that go-for-it look," wide receiver Steve Smith said.

The Ravens have been the most aggressive team on fourth-and-1 this season, but they haven't been the most successful. Their 62.5-percent success rate (5-of-8) this season ranks 20th in the NFL.

Plus, the Ravens were stuffed by the Dolphins on two third-and-1 attempts in the first half. This was far from a sure bet.

"I didn't second-guess it," Harbaugh said. "I just wanted our guys to make it."

One of Harbaugh's strengths is that he isn't afraid to think outside of the box. His firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron about this time in December two years ago shows that.

How rare is it for a team to go for it on fourth down in their own territory in the third quarter? Tight end Owen Daniels, who is in his ninth season in the NFL, said he could count the number of times his teams have done it on one hand.

"It was there for us to take. That was the message that was sent to us," Daniels said. "They were putting it on [the offense]. Our defense is playing great, but we had to do something offensively to knock the door down."

Harbaugh loves sending messages to his players. He'll give them blue-collared shirts during training camp to promote their workmanlike attitude. He puts up signs throughout the facility like W.I.N. -- what's important now.

On Sunday, his latest message spoke volumes.

"We knew we had to be aggressive to win this football game," Flacco said. "The confidence that he had in us to stay on the field at that point was huge."
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- If you're wondering what Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh thought about the four-game suspension for Haloti Ngata, you're not going to get it from him.

Harbaugh's first comments about losing his Pro Bowl defensive tackle for the regular season were brief. He didn't even mention Ngata's name.

"My thoughts are my own. They are what they are," Harbaugh said after Friday's practice. "The important thing is preparing for this game. Getting this game right and doing what we have to do to win this game. That’s been my thoughts. That’s all we really have time for. Any other thought is not important."

The Ravens officially placed Ngata on the suspended list and filled his roster spot by promoting tight end Phillip Supernaw. To fill Ngata's spot on the field, the Ravens are expected to go with a rotation that could include Timmy Jernigan, DeAngelo Tyson and Terrence Cody.

"The guys are definitely ready to go," Harbaugh said. "We’re deep in that position. I’m excited to see all the guys play. Those young guys are going to get the opportunity to play."
The Baltimore Ravens' 34-33 loss to San Diego caused some to wonder whether the officials cost the Ravens another game with a flag late in the fourth quarter.

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A month ago, the Ravens fell to the Cincinnati Bengals after wide receiver Steve Smith was called for offensive pass interference, which overturned the go-ahead 80-yard touchdown with 32 seconds remaining. On Sunday, the Ravens allowed the winning touchdown one play after cornerback Anthony Levine was flagged for a pass interference penalty in the end zone with 46 seconds left.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh contends Levine was not given a chance to defend the pass and it was "not fair" to penalize him for trying to make a play on the ball.

"Players should be the guys determining the outcome of the game in a situation like that, without question," Harbaugh said after the game.

It was the first time that Levine was penalized in his three starts at cornerback this season.

"I was trying to knock the ball away," Levine said. "I was trying to knock the ball down and just trying not to lose him. The ball was up in the air, I went for it. I saw the ball, [and] I went for the ball. I wasn’t even playing him anymore -- I played the ball. [The referee] made the call, [and] I’ve got to learn from it."

Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira, who now works for Fox Sports, believes there is no controversy with the call: "Just now seeing the DPI in Baltimore -- that's about as clear interference as can be."

Just like he did in Cincinnati, Terrell Suggs questioned the timing of the flag more than the penalty itself.

"It’s a gutsy call to call in such a tight game with so much at stake," he said. "You don’t want to end the game on that play, but like I said, we know better than that. We know better than to leave it in the hands of the refs. We have to finish games, we have to compete, and we have to play better."

It’s difficult for the Ravens to complain about the officiating when looking at the entire game. The Ravens benefited from three pass interference penalties on the Chargers for a total of 56 yards. Each of those flags moved the Ravens into the red zone, where they converted them into 13 points.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson practiced for the first time since injuring his toe in October, and coach John Harbaugh is hopeful that Jackson will be ready to play in the team's Dec. 7 game at Miami.

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Jackson had started four games before he severely sprained his toe in a loss at Indianapolis in Week 5. He was put on the short-term injured reserve list, and this week was the first time he was eligible to return to practice.

With Jackson practicing Friday, it starts a 21-day window when the Ravens must decide to activate him to the 53-man roster or shut him down for the season. Harbaugh said it was an encouraging sign.

"It's good to see him out there," Harbaugh said. "It's good to know he's now basically been activated to prepare."

Getting back Jackson would be a boost for a Ravens secondary that lost its best cornerback, Jimmy Smith, for the season. But Jackson is considered the Ravens' third-worst player on defense this season, according to Pro Football Focus. In five games, he allowed 22 catches and missed five tackles.

"I'm not sure how he looked [Friday]. We didn't have him in to many of the main drills today," Harbaugh said. "So I'll have to watch the tape and talk to the some of the guys that worked with him in more of the individual drills."
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh took a playful jab at his team's lack of home Monday night games on Friday, when he was asked about the New Orleans Saints' prime-time winning streak.

"Getting to play on Monday night at home, is there something to that? I wouldn't really know," Harbaugh said with a smile. "I don't know much about that. We don't get those chances too often."

The Ravens have played only one "Monday Night Football" game at home in seven seasons under Harbaugh. When they play at New Orleans, it will mark the Ravens' eighth Monday night road game since 2008.

In the Ravens' weekly release, the number of road Monday night games were italicized and put in bold. So, it's obviously something the team wants to point out.

Asked if the Ravens have talked to the NFL about this trend, Harbaugh said, "I hope they have ... I think they have. It works out that way sometimes."

While the Ravens have had to travel for nearly all of their Monday night games, they have received favorable scheduling when it comes to Thursday night games. The Ravens have played at home on Thursday night for four straight seasons.

"Everybody has got their scheduling quirks," Harbaugh said. "There's no point in complaining about it."

Harbaugh added, "I'm not afraid of speaking my mind on it. But what difference does it make? We've got to go play Monday night in New Orleans. They haven't lost [a prime-time game] there since 2009. It's our job to do something about that."
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn't criticize the NFL's discipline of Chase Coffman after the Tennessee Titans' tight end was fined $30,000 for leveling a Ravens assistant coach.

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"It's really difficult to have a response to the level of punishment," Harbaugh said Monday. "I know the league, they have protocols and they have standards and histories and things like that they look really hard at. We don't really ever question that part of it. That's in their purview."

This doesn't come as a surprise. It does Harbaugh no good to take a shot at the NFL at this point. The league isn't going to change its punishment based on Harbaugh creating headlines. In fact, he could be subject to a fine from the NFL if he criticized the league. So, it was probably a smart financial move for Harbaugh to take the same "let's move forward" stance from last year, when Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin interfered with Jacoby Jones on a kickoff return.

But Harbaugh has to be seething about what transpired. One of his assistants was blindsided by a 6-foot-6, 250-pound player. Remember it was four years ago when Harbaugh was fined $15,000 for making contact with a line judge in the chest while demonstrating a hit on a quarterback. And Coffman received just $15,000 more for knocking a defenseless coach to the ground. There's just not a level playing field in the league's fines system.

"I was told that it wasn't intentional, so I'll take them at their word on that and we'll move forward," Harbaugh said.

Based on the video, it would be hard for the Ravens to truly believe it was an accident.
The first successful replay challenge this season by Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh came at a critical time in Sunday's 21-7 win against the Tennessee Titans.

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With the game tied at 7 in the second quarter, Harbaugh threw the red flag when the officials ruled that Titans tight end Delanie Walker had made a catch before rookie safety Terrence Brooks' hard hit.

If Harbaugh hadn't challenged, the Titans would've had a first down at their own 33-yard line (following the personal foul on Leon Washington). Instead, the Titans had to punt the ball.

Harbaugh credited Matt Weiss, the defensive quality control coach and linebackers assistant who is also his right-hand man in terms of studying the rules and challenges.

"I thought he did a great job of seeing that [play]," Harbaugh said. "He saw the bobble first on the first step, which gave us a chance to understand that it wasn’t a completed catch. Once we saw that, it was clear cut that it was going to be overturned. You never know, obviously, but we felt like that was pretty certainly going to be overturned."

Harbaugh had been unsuccessful on his first four challenges of the season, including the spot on Ben Roethlisberger's third-and-one quarterback sneak in Pittsburgh the previous week.

This had been Harbaugh's roughest season with replay challenges. In his first six seasons as the Ravens coach, he had challenged an NFL-best 28 plays reversed on a league-high 57 challenges. Last season, seven of his NFL-high 12 challenges were overturned in the Ravens' favor. That 58 percent success rate ranked 14th in the NFL.
There are plenty of instances in the first 10 weeks of the season that still bother the Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens were swept by the Cincinnati Bengals. They were routed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on national television. They failed to show up offensively in Indianapolis, down to the final dropped pass by Torrey Smith.

"We realize that we would like to be a lot better, but we’re just going to take it," linebacker Terrell Suggs said as the Ravens begin their bye week. "After 10 games, we’ve won six of them. We’ve lost four games to four teams with winning records. There’s a lot to be said about that."

Suggs is exactly right. There is something to be said about a team taking care of business. That's the reason why the Ravens (6-4) are in the thick of the AFC North race.

The Ravens are a half game out of first place in the division because they've beaten the lesser teams and the other teams have not.
  • The Cleveland Browns (6-3) lost to the last-place Jacksonville Jaguars by 18 points. It's the only win for the Jaguars this season.
  • The Bengals (5-3-1) tied the Carolina Panthers at home on Oct. 12. That's the last time the Panthers (3-6-1) didn't lose.
  • The Steelers (6-4) lost at home to Tampa Bay and at the New York Jets. The Buccaneers and Jets are a combined 1-16 against the rest of the league.

The combined record of the teams who have beaten the Ravens is 22-13-2 (.621). That's been an enduring trend under coach John Harbaugh -- beat the teams you're supposed to beat. Since Harbaugh took over as Ravens coach in 2008, the Ravens are 34-8 (.809) against teams with losing records, including Sunday's 21-7 win over the Tennessee Titans. The only coach with a better mark since 2008 is the Patriots' Bill Belichick, who is 37-7 (.840).

Of the Ravens' six remaining games, half are currently against teams with losing records: New Orleans Saints (4-5), Jaguars (1-9) and Houston Texans (4-5). The Ravens know they are going to need every win possible in the only division in football where every team has a winning record.

"I feel the same way I felt about it when the season opened -- it's the best division in football," Harbaugh said. "It's going to be a dogfight right to the end. We just need to do our part. We understand how good the other three teams are in our division and how well they're going to play down the stretch. That should just serve further notice to us in terms of how well we need to play."
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- There's a different tone surrounding the Baltimore Ravens as they reach the bye this season.

How can you tell? Just look at the time off given to the players.

A year ago, the Ravens hit their off week with a deflating loss in Pittsburgh, a disappointing 3-4 record and a two-game deficit in the AFC North race. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said nothing was off limits when it came to improving the team, and players were given the four days off that were required by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

This season, the Ravens (6-4) ended a two-game losing streak with a 21-7 win against the Tennessee Titans, moving them within a half game behind the first-place Cleveland Browns (6-3). After meeting with players Monday, Harbaugh decided to give his players six straight days off, from Tuesday through Sunday.

The Ravens will convene next Monday to start their preparations for a "Monday Night Football" game at New Orleans on Nov. 24.

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"You can't plan a bye. Do you like them early? Do you like them late?" Harbaugh said Monday. "I think for our team, right now, it's a good time for us to have it. We should come back fresh, strong and ready to go."

This is a timely bye for the Ravens, even though no starter is dealing with a major injury. The Ravens played two hard-hitting games on the road at Cincinnati and Pittsburgh before outlasting a Titans team that was coming off a bye. That could be the most physically demanding stretch of the Ravens' schedule this season.

"We have the opportunity to get some guys healthy, get rested up," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "When we come back, we have six games left and we're feeling very optimistic about them."

The Ravens' remaining six opponents have a combined record of 25-30 (.454), which is the easiest schedule of the four AFC North teams.

This bye is the latest one in terms of timing during the season for the Ravens since 2001, when their break wasn't until the second week of December. This year, only two teams (Pittsburgh and Carolina) have later byes than the Ravens.

Harbaugh was asked if the players' schedule would've been different if the Ravens had lost to Tennessee.

"I have no idea," he said. "It's a hypothetical. It didn't happen. So, it's not something that needed to be addressed."
CBS cameras captured (and mistakenly aired) Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh talking about how the Pittsburgh Steelers got their posterior kicked by the New York Jets.

The Ravens issued a release about how that postgame locker room footage wasn't supposed to be broadcast, and CBS issued a statement apologizing for putting it on the air.

Here's my announcement: What's the big deal?

It shouldn't be a surprise that there is bad blood between two of the NFL's biggest rivals. The Ravens totaled $45,000 in fines from their 43-23 Week 9 loss in Pittsburgh, which may be a bigger hint that they don't like the Steelers.

Harbaugh telling his players "that team beat us last week and then went and got their ass kicked this week," doesn't crack the top 20 on the list of classless transgressions in this rivalry. Remember, this is a series in which players reportedly had placed bounties, Ravens cornerback James Trapp stomped the abdomen of Plaxico Burress in 2002, and Steelers linebacker Joey Porter went out to the Ravens' bus after a 2003 game to challenge Ray Lewis to a fight.

Harbaugh merely took pleasure in his team's biggest AFC North rival losing. It's not as if he burned a Terrible Towel or stepped onto the field to get in the way of a Steelers player. (OK, bad example.)

Plus, when you put it in context, Harbaugh's intent is sending a message to his players and not delivering a shot at the Steelers. A week after his team was embarrassed in Pittsburgh, he was complimenting his players on taking care of business against a lesser opponent on the same day the Steelers could not.

At this point, Harbaugh should just own it. Back in 2000, Ravens coach Brian Billick was filmed in the locker room boasting about the team's win over the Titans. There were no statements or apologies in those days. Billick simply told his players to have his back, and Harbaugh should do the same.

The Ravens and Steelers won't play again this season unless they meet in the playoffs. If they do, you'll hear about how Harbaugh "disrespected" the Steelers. But my guess is Harbaugh hasn't bumped linebacker Terrell Suggs from being Public Enemy No. 1 in western Pennsylvania.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Coming off a game in which the Baltimore Ravens were blown out by their biggest rival, quarterback Joe Flacco acknowledged that moving onto the next game is easier said than done.

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Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY SportsJoe Flacco and the Steelers have a history of rebounding from bad losses under John Harbaugh.
"This is what we do, man. This is what we live for," Flacco said. "In this sport, you only get to play one a week. And it can be tough, but you have to be tough about it. You have to come in here and address what went wrong and move on. I wouldn't say it's the easiest thing to do, but it's something that we have to do. I think we're pretty good at doing it."

History shows the Ravens have been excellent at brushing off bad losses. In 2008, the Ravens lost by 20 points to the New York Giants one week and routed the Philadelphia Eagles by 29 points the next. Last season, the Ravens allowed Peyton Manning to tie an NFL record with seven touchdown passes and then beat the Cleveland Browns in the next game.

In six-plus seasons under John Harbaugh, the Ravens are 5-1 in games after being beaten by 20 or more points. The Ravens have another chance to prove how quickly they can rebound after falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 43-23, on Sunday night.

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said it's "very hard" to move on and players were "ticked off" about the loss in Pittsburgh for a couple of games.

"I remember in 2012, we went down to Houston and they put up 43 points," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "It happens in the NFL. You have to get over it, and you really have to address those issues, everything that happened in the game to make sure that those things don't rear [their] ugly head again in your season."

Harbaugh said his focus has moved to the Tennessee Titans (2-6) after watching them play. He called their defensive front as good as any in football and complimented their active secondary.

"Once you watch the tape, it sobers you in this league every single week because every single team is very good," he said.
PITTSBURGH -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Baltimore Ravens' 43-23 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Harbaugh believes Ravens will rebound: The Ravens suffered their largest margin of defeat of the season Sunday night. They were routed by 20 points after falling by a combined 17 points in their other three losses. "We'll bounce back," coach John Harbaugh said. "The NFL season is long for a reason. You can look back at every season, and history will prove that you can be blown out and bounce back. We've done it before. Plenty of NFL teams have done it before. Teams have done it this year in the National Football League. That's what we've got to do. There are still seven games left in the season. There's a lot of opportunities to win football games."

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Suggs wasn't trying to injure: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter on a hit on running back LeGarrette Blount. "He was running, and he was still up, and he was still moving the pile," Suggs said. "I assessed the play, and that was the only way I could get him down without him gaining more yards. I wasn't trying to get him hurt. I was just trying to get the big guy down."

Pride takes a hit: Cornerback Dominique Franks acknowledged that allowing six touchdown passes was an embarrassment. "To go out there, and they put 40-plus points on us, that's something we don't pride ourselves on," Franks said. "We made a lot of mistakes out there. They made the plays, and we didn't. We have to get better and not have this feeling again."

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