OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh never wavered following Wednesday’s practice when answering questions about the Ravens’ role, or non-role in “Deflategate.” He insisted that the Ravens did not tip off the Colts to watch out for the footballs used by the Patriots in the AFC championship game.
The Ravens had already issued a statement during practice. But Harbaugh ducked no questions, and even asked for more. Harbaugh said any discussion between his staff and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano staff prior to the AFC Championship game had nothing to do with the Patriots allegedly tampering with footballs.
“Any conversation that was had with the Colts had nothing to do with deflated footballs, which is what we’ve been saying from the beginning,”Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh was asked the text from Ravens kicking consultant Randy Brown to Pagano. Several Ravens coaches are close to Pagano, who was once a member of Harbaugh’s staff in Baltimore.
“Those guys talk about that stuff (special teams issues) all the time,” Harbaugh said. “Kicking balls, field conditions, wind, the weather, that’s what those guys talk about. I’m not surprised they talked about that.
“We answered questions directly, honestly, straightforward from the start. And that’s the way we’re going to do it. I haven’t cared at all about deflated footballs, or whether they (the Patriots) did something wrong.”
Harbaugh said he called Pagano on Tuesday night after the report about the Ravens tipping off the Patriots started trending. According to Harbaugh, Pagano said the report was “totally false.”
“I talked to Chuck right away when it happened. He told me that he had not talked to Jerry about it. He said there was no talk about deflated footballs whatsoever.
“I’ll answer any questions you got about it. We’re not running from anything. We’ve been honest from the beginning."