John Harbaugh reacts to uncertainty over his job security
John Harbaugh has been firmly placed on the hot seat as the Baltimore Ravens have lost three straight games to drop to 4-5. The longtime Ravens head coach recognizes why his job may be in jeopardy and admits it’s simply part of the business.
“I understand that’s part of it — and probably not surprised, because you have to win games in this league,” Harbaugh said Tuesday, via ESPN. “That’s the bottom line.”
The Ravens limp into their Week 10 bye looking in complete disarray in the wake of a 23-16 loss to the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Harbaugh has made the unconventional decision to not have the Ravens practice during the bye, suggesting it may be the best thing for the reeling team.
“I know that we’re better off resting at this point,” Harbaugh said of the Ravens, who had 10 players on the injury report for the Steelers game. “I think our guys have been hard at work, at it through a long training camp, and it will be good for us to get an opportunity to get off our feet and get our legs back. So I’m looking forward to that.”
Harbaugh has not led the Ravens to the postseason since 2014. The organization appears to be in the early stages of a reorganization of sorts, one presumably spearheaded by the transition from Joe Flacco to Lamar Jackson, although Harbaugh has expressed no desire to make that switch anytime soon.
A lot of football of course is left to be played this season, but it will be interesting to see what direction the Ravens would go in from an organizational perspective if Harbaugh cannot stop the bleeding and get the team back to winning.
Further, the case can be made that a postseason berth might be the only way Harbaugh definitively saves his job at this point.