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Lombardi's Way What lies ahead for the Baltimore Ravens?

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It’s been said that coaches will focus on mistakes made in victory as part of an effort to keep improving. Conversely coaches have been known to find the silver lining in defeat to build a team back up.

Of course after the Ravens abysmal effort in Houston, we all know what approach John Harbaugh and his staff will take when they take the practice field on Tuesday and when they return next week following their bye.

“We’re building a football team that we hope will be a great team by the end of the season”, Harbaugh said at his presser today.

What exactly are they trying to build?

Hold that thought for a moment…

Harbaugh also mentioned that his staff will continue to work in the younger players and try to find the right combination of youth and vets and when they do, they’ll lock in on it. I think that goes for both sides of the ball.

Clearly the Ravens, despite entering week 8, are still very much a work in progress.

But this season has a different feel to it. As fans we learned to deal with a struggling offense because we knew the defense, like a big brother, would always be there to pick up the Trent Dilfers and Kyle Bollers.

Defense is blue collar and blue collar is Baltimore.

So we embrace its ruggedness and toughness and its physicality because it’s who we are as a town. It fits our community’s DNA.

We take pride in being one of the league’s best 12th men, arguably its best. We know how to disrupt opposing offenses and what to do on third down. And traditionally the Ravens defense fed off that energy like sharks in bloody waters.

Only this season the sharks are missing.

It’s just not the same and now, we’re left searching for an identity.

So who are the Ravens and what is Harbaugh looking to build?

How about a winner?

Firing Dean Pees now isn’t the answer.

As much as it pains me to say it, giving Cameron the pink slip now isn’t the answer.

Improvement in all areas is the answer. In every nook and cranny of the game, the Ravens need to move in a positive direction.

That will require the owner, the front office, the scouts, coaches, coaching assistants, the film crew, the players, the players wives or significant others – everybody has to buy in. NO EXCEPTIONS.

If it takes a little extra time on the practice field…you do it. A little more time in film study…you study. A little time in the weight room, bedroom, bathroom, showroom…whatever it takes, you do it under the guidance of a common goal.

The collective effort doesn’t have to be pretty. It doesn’t have to show up on highlight films. It doesn’t have to result in individual awards.

It only needs to produce a “W”.

As bad as the Ravens looked on Sunday, they are one game behind the best record in the conference. They have a 1½ game lead in the AFC North. They control their destiny.

Close your eyes and think about that for a moment.

Let it marinate.

And now imagine what might happen if Harbaugh has his way.

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