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Roster change about results, not personality clashes

Street Talk Roster change about results, not personality clashes

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10+ Comments Ravenwoman says This is a fine article and one I totally agree with. The Ravens management operates without a lot of emotion and personal feelings which is the way a great fra

I have gone back and forth with listeners and texters and Facebook friends of my Mike Popovec 105.77 The Fan Facebook page on all the changes in Owings Mills. I like to keep an open mind and we have a healthy debate.

You could explain the reasons each player was either traded, released or not re-signed when it comes to Reed, Pollard and Boldin. Those would be age/salary cap, lack of pass defense and salary cap. If you think the decisions have to do strictly with Harbaugh and getting rid of vocal guys because of ego I would argue that it cannot be that simple.

Ozzie Newsome just doesn’t get rid of players because John does not like them.

Do you think if Ed Reed were at the peak of his career and five years younger that they would cut a future Hall of Famer because Harbaugh did not get a long with him?

I doubt it!

Instead they would have to work through it.

So for instance in the case of Bernard Pollard, if Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta really thought that Pollard could greatly help this team for the next couple of years, he would still be here. That is not to say that if there is a problem there and they think they can replace him with an equal or better player they might not do it but certainly not with a lesser player.

We saw players complain to Steve Bisciotti who ultimately dismissed Brian Billick with a few years and a good amount of money left on his contract. John Harbaugh is tough on players and may even be uneven when dealing with them at times but he has gotten results. You do not have that much success by being a bad coach.

Harbaugh is hardly perfect and has his flaws no doubt. However even if you believe the success is somehow all despite him (which really is tough to buy into but I’ll keep an open mind), I find it hard to believe that if things were so bad between the players and Harbaugh that Ozzie and Steve would enable such behavior. If things were so tenuous I am sure they would talk to him and maybe they have done so…

The changes that have been made are because that is the direction the front office and Harbaugh have collectively chosen to get better NOT WORSE.

Mind you even Ozzie admitted the Boldin trade was a real tough one. I don’t think they wanted to trade him but Boldin would not budge on the money and he earned that right especially given his playoff performance.

Steve Bisciotti has made a fortune in investing in people and advising them. He has even said that Harbaugh was much easier to work with from the get go because he did not have a Super Bowl on his resume like Billick and it was tough to tell Billick anything.

Well we saw where that got him.

And yes Harbaugh now has one now too but Bisciotti has already fired a coach with a ring so the precedent has been set.

It is John’s team now no doubt and some new players hearing Harbaugh’s message for the first time is not a bad thing either as compared to veterans with double digit years in the league.

Maybe I am drinking the purple Kool-Aid but I would like to think that five years from now we will see that all this backlash at John Harbaugh and the front office will prove those critics wrong.

You ought to hope for it too because that means the Ravens will continue to do what they have done for the last five years – WIN!

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Mike Popovec is Baltimore born and raised and has been an Os fan since he could throw a baseball, and a Ravens fan since inception in 1996. Mike has many fond baseball memories from his days in Catonsville Rec to being a part of the Calvert Hall baseball program as a manager. He remembers growing up going to a lot of Os games on 33rd Street at the old Memorial Stadium. Prior to rooting for the Ravens, he ironically rooted for the Cleveland Browns so it all worked out. He also rooted for the 49ERS and Joe Montana but there was NO question who he was rooting for in the Super Bowl. Mike was a four-year football player at Calvert Hall and went back and coached for three years as a Quarterbacks Coach and assistant Offensive Coordinator. He also has done Color Commentary on the radio and internet for the annual high school football rivalry games in Baltimore-City vs. Poly, Calvert Hall vs. Loyola and Maryland State Public School Football Championships. He also hosts the state's only High School Football Show on the Eastern Shore. Mike loves analysis especially as it relates to Xs and Os and player skills. Mike is on the air weekends at 105-7 The Fan in Baltimore. More from Mike Popovec
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Ravenwoman
Ravenwoman

This is a fine article and one I totally agree with. The Ravens management operates without a lot of emotion and personal feelings which is the way a great franchise is run. People are always looking for a scoop or underlying story when there isn't any. The dismantling of the defense has to do with aging players and lack of performance. This is the plan Ozzie, and Company devised over the past few months. If you are over 35, you're gone. If you are close to 30, have an over inflated cap number, you're cut. If you have outlived your value to the team, bye-bye. That's business, pure and simple. It's not about who likes who. Harbaugh even said himself he loved this team and they would always and forever be friends because of the Super Bowl. That doesn't mean going forward they would play together forever and ever. Change is good and winning is even better.

Mill
Mill

I still don't understand all the backlash from these moves. You'd think the Ravens had just broke up the 2000 defense. They broke up a 17th ranked unit, that had the worst game of any winning team in Superbowl history. Honestly, there wasn't a single facet of this team that was above average last year. They ranked 16th in offense, even though they picked it up in the playoffs. The fact that Harbaugh got this team to the playoffs and won it all is an astonishing coaching job. Q came up big in the playoffs but lets not pretend that he was in beastmode like that all the time. He was very much average at best during his three years in Baltimore. Q was talked about as a possible cap casualty, even before the season even started. Check some of the Ravens message boards. Most people knew last year would be his last season here because of his cap hit and most people agreed with it. Does 4 games really make that much of a difference? I think not.

Melvin
Melvin

Any notion that these decisions were made for any reason other than $ should be blocked and reported as spam! The Ravens just won a Super Bowl, and now are gettin more media attention than ever. This newfound celebrity comes at a cost. Over-dramatization of everything is part of that cost.

chitownravenfan
chitownravenfan

I couldn't have been prouder of John Harbaugh, through the playoffs and superbowl run. He on every level showed the epitome of class and professionalism and demonstrated a vast maturity level comparative to Jim. As for his coaching, I have witnessed several foopahs on the coaches behalf (not using timeouts, or bad challenges) but this year he was on top of his game. Consider, losing Pagano to the Colts and moving Pees up to be DC. Having to fire Cam Cameron (sooner would have been better but he eventually pulled the trigger) and elevating Caldwell near the end of the season to start their SB run. And to me, the best indication was during the SB when he totally outcoached the 49'ers on the punt/safety call he made. When they played the "Behind the Bench" with the audio of that play, it showed how engaged and intuitive he was grilling Rosburg on whether Sam Koch could take all the time off the clock. Seeing our guys tackle the defense to keep them away from Koch as long as they could was genius, considering the consequence would be time off the clock and a safety which we were conceding. Genius. My hats off to coach Harbaugh and look forward to more strategic wins as well as pure Raven Domination in the future.

jim
jim

the defense has been going down hill ever since harbaugh got here and he guided us to a super bowl win with the 17th overall ranked defense

Pete
Pete

drinking Kool aid is about the most overused word in sport

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason

We also won with a Ray Lewis and Ed Reed who were being paid fair market value. Coaches in previous years were getting HOF production out of them off of rookie or bargain contracts.

karlw
karlw

Folks ought to stop diminishing Harbaugh success. You don't go to 3 AFC championships and win a SB and never go one and done sliding by. And Harbaugh did it with an over the hill Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

jim
jim

year 2 with john and joe was a one and done in the playoffs and last year even 1 done

Hollywood
Hollywood

Year could NOT have been one and done if the Ravens have won at least ONE playoff game for the last 5 seasons!

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