|11-28-2012, 03:07 PM||#1|
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John Harbaugh Reportedly Nearly Had Ravens Mutiny
NFL coaches face daily challenges the public never sees. For Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, one of his most pivotal moments of the season came in a closed-door team meeting way back on Halloween as the team was returning from a bye, fresh off their 43-13 pasting at the hands of the Houston Texans. Harbaugh told the team they were practicing in full pads and the players nearly revolted.
"It was practically a mutiny," one Ravens player told Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports in a terrific piece. "It came very close to getting out of control. But the way Coach Harbaugh handled it was amazing. He let people have their say, and he listened, and he explained himself, and pretty soon it was like a big group-therapy session. In the end, a lot of positive things were said. We didn't practice in pads, but we came out of there stronger as a group."
Several players, including safeties Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, openly challenged Harbaugh and the meeting soon turned into a back-and-forth session where players griped about Harbaugh's perceived shortcomings.
"I've never seen a head coach handle anything like that as well as he did," one Ravens assistant said. "There were some things said where we were like, Damn."
Some of the complaints from Harbaugh's players: His mood swings and treatment of players. The team's no-huddle offense was brought up.
"I wasn't threatened by it," Harbaugh told Silver. "That's the main thing. And, you know, they had some good points, and I had some good points. Other guys stood up and said some great things. To me, it embodied everything that you should have on a team."
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