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Ravens send a message by keeping John Harbaugh in Baltimore for the foreseeable future

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Ravens send a message by keeping John Harbaugh in Baltimore for the foreseeable future

In what should be considered the opposite of a classic Friday news dump, the Ravens announced Friday evening that head coach John Harbaugh would be staying in Charm City for the foreseeable future.

Rumors had swirled midseason that the coach and organization were heading towards a mutual parting, but the statement released by the Ravens emphatically states their intention to keep Harbaugh around for the short term and long term.


This is great news for a franchise that thrives off stability and consistency. Harbaugh has been the head coach in Baltimore since 2008, joining the franchise at the same time as longtime starting quarterback Joe Flacco. He was, of course, the head coach during the Ravens’ 2013 run to the Super Bowl, the second such victory in franchise history.

With the changes being made around the organization, including Lamar Jackson taking over the starting QB role and Eric DeCosta set to assume Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome’s position as General Manager at the end of the season, it would have made some degree of sense to go with a new head coach as well.

Instead, this is a clear sign from owner Steve Bisciotti and the entire front office that not only do Harbaugh and DeCosta work well together and share a vision for the future of the organization, but that those in charge believe Harbaugh is capable of leading an entirely new generation of Ravens to the promised land.

Sometimes, a successful head coach stays in the same place too long and his message becomes stale. After multiple years of being on the outside looking in during the postseason, it’s possible ownership would have seen the same from Harbaugh. Doubling down on their Super Bowl-winning coach is a strong endorsement of both his past and present, but also his future, in addition to the future of the rest of the coaching staff.

The timing may seem curious, though longtime Ravens broadcaster Gerry Sandusky sees it as a calculated, psychological move.


The Ravens enter Week 16 likely needing to win out to make snap their postseason drought, a difficult move considering Saturday’s road matchup against the white hot Chargers. This announcement takes the pressure off the final two games this season as must-wins, allowing Harbaugh, his staff, and the entire team to focus solely on the task at hand.

The reaction online was overwhelmingly positive, from local and national writers alike.


There may have been some hot coaching candidates this offseason, but outside of Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, there isn't a clear future coaching star out there. The grass isn't always greener, and Harbaugh is widely considered one of the NFL’s upper echelon coaches.

This was the Ravens sending a message about their belief in Harbaugh, the staff, the players and the future, and it eliminates a potentially tough offseason debate. It’s a strong move, and a necessary one, even if the timing was unexpected. Harbaugh will be in Baltimore for a long time, and that’s music to the ears of Ravens fans everywhere.

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The internet had some fun with Tom Brady's golf struggles

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The internet had some fun with Tom Brady's golf struggles

On the football field, there is no denying that Tom Brady is one of the best to ever do it. On the golf course, it is a much different story, at least on Sunday.

Participating in 'The Match', a charity golf round that also featured Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Peyton Manning, Brady had some struggles with his golf swing. A few errant shots off the tee coupled with other less-successful moments made Brady look rather human on the green.

Though he is an all-time great at the quarterback position, he looked like every other struggling casual golfer who can't seem to get things right out there. Having those rough swings play out before a national audience, the internet, of course, had some fun Brady's expense.

His opponents and friends from the NFL world also had to chime in. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton now has the unfortunate luck of having to face off against Brady two times in 2020 after the quarterback made the move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, if Brady performs the way he has on the golf course, maybe Payton will feel a little better.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also threw a jab at Brady, asking if he wanted to try his luck against some less-talented golfers.

Of course, Brady did rebound and show that he can stroke the ball when he needs to. 

It's not very often that the internet can joke about Tom Brady failing at something, so it's no surprise that plenty of people got their jokes in on Sunday.

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Marlon Humphrey on Lamar Jackson: ‘He’s probably one of the most humble guys I’ve been around’

Marlon Humphrey on Lamar Jackson: ‘He’s probably one of the most humble guys I’ve been around’

Marlon Humphrey’s concerns about the NFL’s limited offseason are the same as everyone else’s: That the lack of an offseason program limits the growth a team can have together. 

He knows that because of the growth he saw from Lamar Jackson just a year ago.

Humphrey was a guest on an episode of ‘Late Night with Locks’ with Maryland head coach Mike Locksley on Friday night, where he talked about Jackson’s MVP season last year. 

“Lamar, man, I was just telling somebody the other day, the jump he made from OTAs to training camp last year, it was a crazy jump,” Humphrey recalled. “The stuff he does in a game, I’m just happy that’s in a game and I don’t have to guard that. He does some crazy stuff.”

He, like everyone else on the Ravens’ defense, saw firsthand Jackson’s growth from year-to-year. And he was one of the few people in the league who didn’t have to worry about Jackson in a game.

“There’s been a lot of times, in the NFL, you’re not truly thudding somebody all the time in practice,” Humphrey said. “There’s a lot of people that say they tackled Lamar and different things, but deep down, we all know that was not going to be a tackle in a game.”

But what stuck out to Humphrey most was Jackson’s off-the-field persona.

“I think the biggest thing Lamar does is just the way he goes about being in the building, being with his teammates,” Humphrey said. “Any time Lamar shows up to any event we invite him to, we all know everyone is going to go crazy for Lamar and he’s not going to be able to enjoy himself or anything. But he’s so humble enough to support his teammates when we have our different events here and there.”

He recalled a story where he, Tim Williams and Jaylen Hill were out to dinner immediately after joining the Ravens. They mentioned to the waitress that they played for the Ravens, and she didn’t believe him. 

Humphrey later said with a grin that not everyone in the city of Baltimore, even Ravens fans, can tell all the players apart sometimes.

“They don’t really know all the players, but they know they love the Ravens,” Humphrey said. “If you’re not Lamar Jackson, they don’t really know who you are ... but they really love the Ravens. When you say you play for the Ravens, they’re your best friend.”

Now, as Jackson and the Ravens have their sights set on a Super Bowl in the young quarterback’s second season as the starting quarterback, Humphrey is anxious to see, like everyone else, how Jackson grows even more.

“Last year, he tried to learn everybody’s name in the whole building,” Humphrey said. “That’s stuff that doesn’t get seen. He’s probably one of the most humble guys I’ve been around. It reminds me of a Jalen Hurts, just more energetic. I just can’t wait to see how he grows.”

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