OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it was his decision to fire offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, not ordered by owner Steve Bisciotti or general manager Ozzie Newsome. Harbaugh was no longer convinced the offense would improve if Trestman stayed.
“I didn’t feel in my gut that going the way we were going, it was going to change,” Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. “I just think we need a different chemistry in there right now to get to where we need to go.
“It wasn’t an easy decision. It’s an opportunity to get better and do what’s right for the football team, but on a human level it’s a very difficult thing to do.
“It’s less about the record, it’s less about anything you see as far as play-calling, it’s more about direction. It’s a big-picture type of a feel thing. Are we heading in the right direction? Do I see us getting there, doing the things that we’re doing right now? As a coach, you got to assess that and make that call. At this level of football, everybody understands that.”
Harbaugh said he didn’t speak with quarterback Joe Flacco on Sunday night, before telling him Monday that Marty Mornhinweg had been elevated from quarterbacks coach to coordinator. Harbaugh trusts the chemistry that Mornhinweg and Flacco have already built.
“It is a week-to-week business, and you got to perform from one week to the next,” Harbaugh said. “I think I said this before, but three years is a career, and 10 years is a lifetime is about the way it works.”
For Trestman, his duration as offensive coordinator with the Ravens was just 21 games.
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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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