Chiefs coach Andy Reid has empathy for John Harbaugh, but will show no mercy Sunday afternoon.
Reid and Harbaugh are longtime friends, stemming from the 10 seasons that Harbaugh spent on Reid’s staff with the Eagles (1998-2007). Harbaugh is going through his first losing season in eight years as the Ravens’ head coach. But Reid said he would offer no words of wisdom for Harbaugh when the two coaches talk before the Chiefs and Ravens meet at M&T Bank Stadium.
“He doesn’t need any of my advice,” Reid said during a conference call. “He has done a great job, so I just have a lot of respect for John. I did when he worked with me, and I feel the same way now.”
While the Ravens (4-9) could not turn around their season after a slow start, the Chiefs (8-5) did. After a 1-5 start, the Chiefs have won seven straight to put themselves squarely in the AFC playoff picture. Even a season-ending knee injury to star running back Jamaal Charles has not slowed down the Chiefs. However, Reid sounded thankful that the Chiefs have not been hit by as many injuries as the Ravens.
“We’ve stayed, knock on wood, relatively healthy, which you have no control over those kind of things,” Reid said. “He (Harbaugh) is still coaching his tail off, and he has still got young players that he’s developing right now. So I think he’s doing a heck of a job. Sometimes you’re dealt a hand where you get injured at key positions, and that has happened.”
Reid has bounced back from losing seasons, and expects Harbaugh to do the same next year. But on Sunday, Reid and the Chiefs will try to make Harbaugh’s 2015 season even more miserable.
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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