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Ravens' Harbaugh not worried about job security after loss to Steelers

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Ravens' Harbaugh not worried about job security after loss to Steelers

As the Baltimore Ravens enter their bye week 4-5, sitting third in the AFC North and having now lost three in a row, their week off will be spent answering several tough questions.

One of the biggest and toughest ones has to do with their head coach of 11 years. 

John Harbaugh has led the Ravens to the playoffs six of his 10 full seasons, and of course in 2012, coached his team to winning Super Bowl XLVII. But the Ravens haven't seen the postseason since 2014, and with a loss against the Cincinnati Bengals come Week 11, the playoffs once again look to be in the rearview mirror.

The bye week could bring the end of an era. Or it could not.

After his teams 23-16 loss Sunday to the Steelers Sunday in what was considered a must-win game, Harbaugh was asked about the possibility of being relieved of his coaching duties sometime in the next week. 

"I've never been someone who's worried about keeping a job," Harbaugh said. "It's always been, for me, [about] doing the job. I've got a bunch of great coaches and a bunch of great players that bust their tails every day to do the best job they can. I feel really good about the way this team has been coached for the last 11 years, and for the last number of weeks we've been in the season. So, there are no regrets. Never been any regrets here with me."

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, in February at his annual State of the Ravens press conference, was asked why there were no coaching changes made after the Ravens' heartbreaking, last second Week 17 loss to the Bengals that knocked them out of the playoffs. 

"I’m not going to give a ‘playoff or bust’ edict to you all, or to my coach," Bisciotti said at the time. "He’s under as much pressure, probably, than he’s ever been in his life, and I expect him to keep his chin up and take his positivity and his talents and make the most of this season. I may as well replace him now if I’m going to tell him, ‘Make the playoffs or you’re out of town next year.’ That’s just not the way to run a business.”

Ravens players stood by Harbaugh, telling reporters after the loss that they didn't think there needed to be a personnel change.

"No, I don't. We have a lot of confidence in what we can do as a team," Joe Flacco said.

"There are a lot of teams out there that aren't quite in the position that they want to be in; we're just one of them. Obviously, the name of the game in this league is winning football games, and there is always going to be pressure internally and externally when you're not winning games like you want to. We understand that, and we just have to do more." 

When asked about the report of Harbaugh being on the hot seat, linebacker C.J. Mosley responded with, "Let's not worry about that."

The wound of a division loss, especially to the Steelers, is still very fresh. Both Harbaugh and players noted that their bye week will be spent getting mentally, and physically, back on track. And while Harbaugh's future could be in jeopardy, the head coach remains focused on his future with this team.

"We'll keep fighting, and that's what we'll do," he said. 

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Drew Brees draws criticism from sports world, including DMV athletes, over comments on kneeling during anthem

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Drew Brees draws criticism from sports world, including DMV athletes, over comments on kneeling during anthem

Comments from Drew Brees made in an interview with Yahoo Finance's Daniel Roberts about why he wouldn't support teammates kneeling during the national anthem when the NFL season started drew condemnation from throughout the sports world - including Wizards guard Troy Brown and Ravens' running back Mark Ingram.

"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said in the interview. 

"Is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution."

Brown responded:

The photo with Brees kneeling is from 2017 when the Saints as a team knelt before the anthem and then stood up as a team. The gesture came after 10 Saints players sat during the national anthem in response to a tweet from Donald Trump encouraging people to boycott the NFL over players kneeling during the anthem as a way to draw attention to racial inequality and police violence. The Saints were one of many teams at the time who responded to Trump's words with additional protests.

While Brees has expressed that he is uncomfortable with kneeling during the anthem previously, his words in the Yahoo interview came at a time when many in the NFL and outside of it are pointing to Colin Kaepernick's protests that began in 2016, which were meant to draw attention to the police brutality like that of a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes, sparking massive protests and unrest around the country today.

LeBron James and Brees' teammate Malcolm Jenkins were among the many other athletes who made strong statements against his comments.

(Warning, there's a curse word in the end of Jenkins' comments):

Ingram, Brees' former teammate, didn't call out Brees by name but did repost an Instagram photo from Aaron Rodgers, explaining why kneeling was never about disrespecting the flag. "THANK YOU for speaking truth for the oppresssed and unheard. THANK YOU for understanding the WHY," he wrote.

Ingram also retweeted this from Marques Colston:

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Former Raven Ed Reed on creating change in America: Everybody needs to be involved

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Former Raven Ed Reed on creating change in America: Everybody needs to be involved

Former Ravens defensive back Ed Reed joined The Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday and shared his thoughts on the current climate of America. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, many are rightfully demanding change.

Reed is among them, and the Hall of Famer shared his thoughts on what it will take for a real change to happen. To him, it begins by getting everyone involved.

“We have to have better communication. We have to address the elephant in the room as people … Everybody needs to speak on it. Everybody from all walks of life, all backgrounds, ethnicities, creed," Reed said.

Putting it in the context of sports, Reed likened it to being on a team. Not everyone is the same but when all participate and work toward a common goal, success typically follows.

"When you play sports, when you’re on a team with people from different walks of life, and you have to look after each other and count on each other, race and all that stuff goes out the window when you are in the locker room," Reed said. "When this world and country functions as a team does, and in order to win a championship and in order to be successful, you have to be on the same page.”  

Reed said the time for change in America is now, and by doing so, current and future generations will be able to have positive experiences in life. The future of the country includes Reed's own children and the numerous other lives he touches through he charitable acts. 

“A lot on the mind as always … but I have a son, I have my nieces, my nephews. I have a bunch of kids that my foundation helps out," Reed said of the current climate in America. "So, you have to think about the future. You can’t look at what’s happening now (in our country) and (be) thinking that it’s over."

"This is not the end, it’s a new beginning. Just thinking about these kids and their future," he added.

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