Harbaugh, Patriots & asterisks

May, 1, 2012
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Ravens coach John Harbaugh was a guest this morning on “98 Rock” in Baltimore in what was a lighthearted interview to promote an ALS charity run for O.J Brigance.

One part of the interview (link here) had a link to New England, and it came when Harbaugh was asked about the Saints’ bounty scandal.

In so many words, Harbaugh was asked if there was a part of him that thought if someone could get away with bending the rules, in terms of gaining an edge, that it was something worth doing.

“In the end, everything is brought before the light of day, when it’s all said and done,” Harbaugh responded. “What happens, even the thing in New England, no matter whether those things had any impact on whether they won their championships or not, they got asterisks now. It’s been stained.

"To me, it’s never worth it. You have to figure out ways to use the rules to your advantage, you have to figure out ways to make the most of everything. We have new work rules here as far as what we can do and what we can’t do with our players, and we’re going to make the most of it. What we’re finding is, ‘Man, maybe we can do some things even better than we did before, because these rules make us focus more on some things that we didn’t focus on before. You just have to make them work for you. That’s what success is in the world. You have to find a way to do things better than somebody else. But if you’re cheating, in the end, you’re going to get discredited. It’s not worth it.”

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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