Former Baltimore Ravens security Bernard Pollard tweeted out on Monday that coach John Harbaugh’s ego “destroyed” the group.

Former Baltimore Ravens security Bernard Pollard tweeted out on Monday that coach John Harbaugh’s ego “destroyed” the group.

On Monday, Baltimore Ravens weblog Baltimore Beatdown retweeted an previous tweet of Pollard’s from December of 2016:

After Baltimore Beatdown retweeted the tweet, Pollard responded, doubling-down on his place and saying that Harbaugh’s ego has “destroyed” the group and that Harbaugh is and has by no means been a good coach.

To counsel that Harbaugh is all the motive that the Baltimore Ravens haven’t had a lot success since their Tremendous Bowl-winning yr of 2012 is a bit reductive. There was a mess of points which have confronted this group and led to them being 35-38 since 2012.

The truth that the Ravens gained the Tremendous Bowl in 2012 required plenty of success. That’s to not downplay the unimaginable effort exerted by the group to win that championship, but it surely does imply that it’s not simply repeatable.

That roster was growing old, it’s continued to age, and Ozzie Newsome appears to have misplaced his contact within the NFL Draft (to an extent).

After that Tremendous Bowl yr, Ray Lewis retired, Ed Reed was within the twilight of his profession, and Joe Flacco signed an enormous, $120 million contract that has since made it troublesome for the group to hold onto key gamers like Anquan Boldin, Pernell McPhee, and Paul Kruger.

And to speak about this yr particularly, the group has been riddled with accidents, particularly on the offensive line which has three gamers, together with All-Professional Marshal Yanda, on the IR.

Not solely that, however the group’s offense has been terrible. The speeding assault has had some life breathed again into due to Alex Collins, however the passing offense has been one of many worst within the league, averaging 166 yards per sport, second-worst within the NFL, forward of solely the Chicago Bears.

In truth, choose a passing metric, it’s all dangerous. Passer score? The group is twenty ninth within the NFL at 79.6. Interceptions? Fourth-most within the league with 10. Yards per try? Useless final at 5.3. Complete passing yards? Second-to-last with 1,491.

And regardless of the accidents on the offensive line, the Baltimore Ravens are tied for seventeenth in complete sacks given up, which isn’t dangerous and means that the struggling passing offense is extra on Flacco’s shoulders (and doubtless a good bit on offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s) than the offensive line’s.

Flacco is aware of this too, as he informed ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, “You possibly can’t play an excessive amount of worse than we’ve been enjoying.”

It’s extremely unlikely that the Baltimore Ravens have succeeded regardless of John Harbaugh, and way more possible that he has, on the very least, contributed to their success.

To Pollard’s credit score although, he acknowledged this, not inserting all of the blame on Harbaugh’s shoulders:

If the Ravens miss the playoffs this season, there isn’t any doubt that Harbaugh might be within the sizzling seat (deservedly so) and that he might even probably be on the lookout for a brand new job. And there may be additionally little question in my thoughts that Harbaugh bears a number of the blame for the Ravens poor play.

However there are many causes to level to for the Ravens poor season this yr and definitely for his or her poor play since their Tremendous Bowl-winning yr. It’s not all on John Harbaugh, there’s loads of blame to go round.

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