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[News] John Harbaugh Expects Stronger Second Half

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John Harbaugh said he’s excited by the conversations and judgments made during the bye.

[url=http://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/article-1/John-Harbaugh-Expects-Stronger-Second-Half/265d7d17-685a-4fb4-868a-b2142604d50f]View the full article[/url]
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No question there are across the board problems. But it all starts with coaching and every week we look out-coached. Not sure how you fix that...
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Players have suggested that momentum is a large factor in the road woes....

First off momentum is made, not experienced. It's only in the head. Go out every play just like it was the game winning play and momentum (whatever that is for each individual) will come.

Also...there is NO SUCH THING as a road game when you are a Raven! Every single second of every game, millions of screaming purple faces, losing our minds, are with you where ever you go! Remember that always, and every game is a home game!

Let's go guys! GO RAVENS!
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[color=#555555][font=Arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(225, 227, 228)]"The Ravens have frequently relied more on [/background][/size][/font][/color][url="http://www.baltimoreravens.com/team/roster/ray-rice/9d941a20-0c76-412d-85fd-165a029d59e6/"]Ray Rice[img]http://www.baltimoreravens.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif[/img][/url][color=#555555][font=Arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(225, 227, 228)] and their run game down the stretch"[/background][/size][/font][/color]

[color=#555555][font=Arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(225, 227, 228)]Well that's good cause he should be fresh and ready to go cause we haven't used him so far this season....Run Rice Run!!!! [/background][/size][/font][/color]
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Ok let's see, because we need serious improvement to stop things from going backwards.
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The most glaring problem is our Offense has no systematic approach toward attacking the opposing defenses! By the second series, onward, we're throwing low-percentage deep passes! Then, the 3-and-outs begin,....

The young defensive players are not "setting the edges" to force the run back into our pursuit! Suggs will change this on one end, but,....

"We have gotten better every single year in the second half of the season since we've been here," Harbaugh said. "That's been something that has been a strength for the Ravens. I expect it to be a strength for us going forward." - Harbaugh!

Not this year, Coach,... our Defense is not as good and our Offense is anemic because of the love of sexy pass plays instead of fundamental football - taking what the defense gives and stopping the run!
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How about the offense staying on the field the MAJORITY of the time, giving Ray Rice the ball way more often, and using the no-huddle when able to do so, not as a last resort.
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Both of our lines need to improve. Our offense should be able to run the ball down the opponent's throat, and keep Flacco from running for his life or checking down. And our defense should be able to shove the ball back down the opponent's throat and make their QB run for his life. Once the lines dictate what is going to happen, the rest will follow...
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Problem with our offence is it is no secret what we are going to do. Everybody on every team knows
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The reason nobody gets open is they are able to predict the routes. nobody getting any separation. We need a better play caller
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Mystigo, while I somewhat agree with your assessment of the "young players" and setting the edge, I have to say Kruger actually has done pretty well, the reason why it seems as if the edge isn't getting set is cause they break off big runs is cause when they are forced backed to the inside no one is there cause the O-line is making it to the 2nd level and our backers are blocked leaving our safety's to make the stop and what they are doing is just trying to pop ppl and not wrapping up...
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Of course he expects a "better second half." What's he gonna say: "I expect things to stay the same come the second of the season."

I'm tired of coach talk. Just get out there and play Raven football!!
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Harbaugh, you're either part of the problem or part of the solution. If McKinnie is not at LT and Oher at RT in Cleveland, you're part of the problem. This has become a no-brainer. Cam needs to go. That's a no-brainer. Other than that you need to admit to yourself that we no longer have the personnel that we had in past years. These players, especially with recent injuries, are not as good as players we had in the past. That is why you cannot, realistically, assume that we will close out the season like we have in the past. Wake up and smell the coffee.
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Since there is no one problem with the D or O, I don't see a trade coming. Also, I see a lot of criticism of Cam on the blog. Maybe he deserves it maybe not but there is not going to be any changes this year and the really good OC's get head coaching jobs. If Cam if fired, who is out there?
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Reason they cant find only one issue is because its the staff ,i have seen this before and it was corrected its cam cameron and its Pees and maybe Harbaugh ,its clearly our scouting as well considering we have not had great drafts we swung and missed on Burflict who absolutely reminds me of a young Bart scott and i said that way before that draft ,we messed up when we knew Ray lewis was hard to replace ,so we Sit and wait to take Hightower and Ne beat us to that ,Hightower is no Ray lewis ,but he certainly will be a good LB when Ray retires and could have been one of those faces of the new ravens Cromartie another guy i really wanted we passed on him also meaning Cary williams prob isnt even on the team right now and im def ok with that lol ,but the only ones to Fault is management and personal not the players ,as Ray says every player has a strength some have more then others you have to utilize those strengths and neither Cam or Pees is and Harbaugh is sitting on his hands watching puzzled.
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Hey Coach, I feel the same way and those of whom feel different can paint me up again, it dont bother me anyway! Some people just want too much too soon! Marshal Yanda said it best "Embrace the Grind"! They are tweaking the Offense, Winning and in first place of the division with the chance to create some space! That texan game mite have done the Ravens some good! They got knocked down and they are gonna get up and kick some Butt! My Squad is "Relentless"!
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I think everyone can agree more running the ball is needed, but this is especially the case on the road. But we need to maintain some balance and still have the deep balls to lossen up for the run. Balance is the key, a balanced offense will keep the other deffenses off-balance which is what you want. As for the Defense need to get off the field on 3rd down, 3rd down conversions are killing and lengthening drives and disparity in time of possession.
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Blah blah blah Harbaugh. Yada yada or whatever. We shall see starting this week. As for me, love my Ravens, but I see tough times ahead. Also, I don't think we make the playoffs this year and then Harbaugh will be talking of rebuilding through the draft, which we have not done well in the last few years. As I said, we shall see. I'm not buying into it.
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Anyone else think Flacco puts too much pressure on himself by always saying how good he is? I mean, the press sets him up for it because they know he will give them a headline but you never hear this kind of talk from Manning, Rodgers, ect... I have to wonder if his agent has given him some bad advice to talk himself up in a contract year but it only seems to make him play worse. Better to be humble and over achieve I think.
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We have to get stronger, we are as weak as a team can be. We still can't run with the big boys & won;t be able to until he gets rid of Cameron & Pees.
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You can talk about running Rice until the cows come home but if the opponents are stacking 8 men in the box it will be an exercise in futility. It will just be run, run, pass and punt.There must be better play calling and some imagination employed so we always have our opponents defense expecting the unexpected.
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Show me one coach who will say, no I think we will suck in the second half and atually regress instead of progress. The title should be Coaching Duh for $100.
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... and once again: we're packed to the rafters with optimistic situation reposrts and forecasts. It's backing these up with the performance I'd love to see at last.

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Coach Softie speaks and says NOTHING!!! Maybe he needs to watch his old boss's latest presser (Andy Reid). Not a lot of "coach speak" there. If Haraball doesnt reconize the downward slope this teams been skidding down this season (lets face it 3 of those W's could/should be L's)then maybe a losing record this year will clear his vision.
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i see us losing once to the steelers, chargers, giants and broncos if we continue to be inconsistent on offense and our defense does not improve at least with its pass rush with all these solid qb's coming up. the skins game is not a lock either. so we could possibly finish 10-6. not sure if that will be enough to grab a wildcard spot. get your you know what in gear ravens!! we as fans need to do our part for the home games and that is be louder than ever.
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we need the 3 headed monster style running game. pierce and leach must be more involved along with either allen, berry or rainey. if our running game can dominate like in flaccos 1st 2 seasons than our passing game will explode with a now more experienced flacco with better receivers and te's. the steelers look poised to run down teams throats the rest of the season and they know our run defense has been weak. lets fix this
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I'm all about free speech, but wow, people on this forum sound like ESPN analysts. I think you guys have watched to much negative press on the Ravens in the past couple weeks.

To think that Joe had one MISERABLE game, probably the most miserable of his career, and then stack that on top of season-changing injuries on defense. Of course the first thing people run and go blame is the coaches, DANG.

The coaches didnt injure those players, they're still adjusting to the personel they didnt think they'd be using until a few years down the line.

My prediction is we still make it to the playoffs IF Joe doesnt string performances like Houston together. And I'm not a Fair Weather FAN, so i'm predicting he will NOT string performances together like Houston
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