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John Harbaugh: ‘When you’re going through hell, keep going’

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In the wake of the Baltimore Ravens beginning the season 0-3 — the worst start in franchise history — head coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that the team is in a tough spot but also insisted there is no other choice but to move forward and try to recover.

“What’s the old saying, ‘When you’re going through hell, keep going,'” Harbaugh said Monday, via ESPN. “That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to keep going. We’re going to find a way out. We will come out of this the other way.”

The quote, attributable to statesman Winston Churchill, may sound encouraging, but it will take a lot more than motivational quips to turn around the Ravens’ season. But Harbaugh is relying upon how the team has lost all three games by a total of only 14 points as a sign that the team isn’t that far off from getting back on the winning side of the ledger.

“We’ve been in a whisker, a play of winning all three of these games,” Harbaugh said. “That doesn’t count for a hill of beans when it’s all said and done when you look back. But it does count for something going forward. We understand what kind of football team we’re capable of becoming.”

The odds are certainly stacked against the Ravens to recover sufficiently enough to be in the hunt for a postseason berth at season’s end — after all, only five teams in NFL history have accomplished that remarkable turnaround — but all is not is lost just yet.

The Ravens sit three games back in the AFC North behind the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals. Harbaugh has only missed the playoffs one time during his seven-year stint in Baltimore, but this season’s roster lack the talent and depth of past teams during his tenure.

But Chase Stuart of Football Perspective (via Eye on Football) pointed out the following scenario that should prove encouraging for the Ravens:

With a Thursday night game against the Ben Roethlisberger-less Pittsburgh Steelers coming up, it’s now or never for Harbaugh’s Ravens to emerge from the hellish situation they’ve put themselves in and begin the long trek back to the promised land of the postseason.