Harbaugh: Ravens strong in second half of season

Harbaugh: Ravens strong in second half of season
October 29, 2012, 3:30 pm
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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh watches his team warm up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Houston.

(Associated Press)

Coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens returned to work Monday, not allowing Hurricane Sandy to cut too badly into the team’s preparation for the game at Cleveland on Sunday.

The Ravens held an indoor workout at their Owings Mills facility in the morning, and Harbaugh said virtually everybody was able to juggle flights or otherwise make it back to Owings Mills after being given a few days off during the Ravens bye week.

Harbaugh also said the bye week afforded the coaches plenty of time for self-evaluation after the Ravens’ 43-13 loss at Houston.

“We really went to work. We really had some great conversations. I mean we had some great discussions, we had some great studies,” Harbaugh said in a conference call on Monday. “In the end, what you try to do is take good counsel, and then make wise, solid judgments about, ‘Hey, what makes us our best?’ as we go forward, and I’m really excited about that.”

Despite the rout at Houston-- the most lopsided of Harbaugh’s four-year tenure – the Ravens still stand 5-2 and in first place in the AFC North. And Harbaugh said if history is any indication, the Ravens’ best football is still ahead.

“We’ve gotten better every single year in the second half of the season since we’ve been here,” he said.

Over Harbaugh’s four full seasons, the Ravens were 21-11 in the first eight games, and 23-9 over the final eight games. The past two years, they went 6-2 in each half, but did indeed seem to get better as the season went on.  In those two seasons, the Ravens lost their ninth game and then closed the season with six wins in their final seven games.

“That’s something that’s been a strength for the Ravens,” Harbaugh said, “and I expect it to be a strength for us going forward.”

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