Harbaugh says he will do 'whatever it takes'

Harbaugh says he will do 'whatever it takes'
October 21, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Toward the end of John Harbaugh’s press conference Monday, he made it clear that he would not sit idly and watch the Ravens continue to slide.

Some of Harbaugh’s answers were brief, but when he talked about the team’s problems on special teams, Harbaugh said he would do “whatever it takes” to get the Ravens (3-4) back on track.

“We’ve got to play better on special teams, we’re going to find some guys that want to play special teams,” Harbaugh said. “We’re not going to have guys out there letting the ball run outside of them; that’s unheard of. We’re not going to run a surprise onside kick and not know what we’re doing. If it means changing people out, then that’s what we’ll do. We’re going to do whatever it takes. We’ll trade guys, we’ll cut guys, we’ll coach guys, we’ll change schemes – it doesn’t matter. We’re going to find a way to get better. That’s the business we’re in. We’ve got the men for the job, I like our guys. That’s what we’ll go to work on. This week is a chance to really focus on that.”

Having lost three of their last four, the Ravens have a bye this week, but will work Tuesday and Wednesday before Harbaugh gives the team four days off, which is required by the collective bargaining agreement.

Harbaugh did not guaranteed the coaches would get four days off.

“I’m not really commenting on the schedule for the coaches, because I really don’t know yet,” Harbaugh said. “We’re just going to have to see. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

This is the first time the Ravens will begin November below .500 during Harbaugh’s six-year tenure. Harbaugh believes the bye has come at a good time for the Ravens.

“It’s going to be an opportunity to improve,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got to find the things that we do best. We’ll have to win more games in the second half than we did last year – that’ll be the key.”