EARLY BIRD: Harbaugh focused on opportunity

EARLY BIRD: Harbaugh focused on opportunity
November 19, 2013, 8:00 am
Share This Post

Flacco: 'We just gotta put the ball in the endzone'

EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, a day off from practice, and a chance to regroup after another loss.

Two-minute topic: Can the Ravens separate from a crowded AFC pack tied at 4-6?

Six teams in the AFC have a 4-6 record, including the Ravens. Some would call that mediocrity. Ravens coach John Harbaugh calls that opportunity. 

With the Ravens still in the playoff hunt despite their struggles, Harbaugh wants the Ravens focused on what they can still accomplish. That was part of the focus of his Monday press conference.

“What it goes to show you is how close it is, and what a razor thin margin it is in the National Football League,” Harbaugh said. “That’s what makes the National Football League great. We would all rather be sitting here talking about being atop the division, and chasing a home field advantage. That’s something that we were shooting for. We wanted to be in that position. We haven’t done the things we needed to do to be in that position. But we’re in the hunt. And we’re playing two teams in the next two weeks, at home, that are right there in the hunt with us.”

The Ravens’ next three games are at home against the Jets (5-5), the Steelers (4-6), and the Vikings (2-8). Sometimes, Harbaugh downplays the importance of a certain segment of the season. In this situation, he could not.

“I think it’s pretty obvious that it’s pretty important,” Harbaugh said. “We’re playing two teams that are in the wild card chase with us, and we’re chasing the Bengals for the division championship, and we’re still in both of that.”

More Ravens news: Report card-defense/special teams

3 & Out: Ravens fall to Bears