John Harbaugh's Bold Move Bonded Ravens

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John Harbaugh's Bold Move Bonded Ravens
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The Ravens didn't look much like a Super Bowl team three months ago. If not for coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens wouldn't have been much of a team at all. After getting routed by 30 points in Houston, the most lopsided loss of the Harbaugh era, the Ravens returned from their bye week only to be greeted with the last announcement they wanted to hear. Harbaugh informed everyone they would be practicing in full pads. As grumbles filled the team meeting room, safeties Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard spoke out against Harbaugh's decision. Most coaches, maybe even Harbaugh five years ago, would have told the players to sit down, be quiet and get prepared for a physical practice. Instead, Harbaugh wanted to have a discussion. The players talked about how he treated them, and Harbaugh listened.

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