Harbaugh: No change in message after offseason arrests

Harbaugh: No change in message after offseason arrests
June 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
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With the team's mandatory minicamp behind them, the Ravens now have roughly four weeks off before returning to the team's Owings Mills facility for training camp.

For players, coaches and staff, it's rare down time -- a time to rest up and recharge for the grind that begins in mid-July. But it also means players have a month of time on their hands, away from team activities, and that was not always productive this past offseason.

Four Ravens were arrested since the 2013 season ended, but despite that, coach John Harbaugh insisted on Thursday that his parting message to the team was no different than in year's past.

"It’s always the same high standard. We will always have the same high standard for our guys, and it’s the same message," he said.

Harbaugh spent more time than he would have liked this past offseason monitoring the police blotter, as running back Ray Rice (aggravated assault), receiver Deonte Thompson (drug possession), tackle Jah Reid (assault) and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (destruction of property) all ran afoul of the law.

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Harbaugh spent much of one news conference last month discussing the team's offseason missteps, saying at one point, "There have been a lot more phone calls this year than other years in the offseason to find out what the heck some guys are thinking at times."

As the players go their separate ways for the next month, the message undoubtedly has been hammered home that Harbaugh does not want any more of those phone calls.

"There is always an emphasis -- different types of emphasis -- on different things, and we’ve emphasized what we need to with our guys," Harbaugh said after the final minicamp workout Thursday. "We have good, really good guys. Football matters to them. The more it matters to you, the less inclined you are to do anything to jeopardize that.”