I’ve been extremely critical of John Harbaugh during his four year tenure as the Ravens head coach. I’ve criticized his clock management, leadership, in-game decisions and his approach with the media numerous times here on BSR.
It’s not because I don’t like the guy, it’s because I think he took over a Super Bowl caliber team that has lost in two AFC Championships and two AFC Divisional playoff match ups.
While there are plenty of actual football related criticisms of Harbs, I can’t disagree or bash him for his comments about the Patriots and Saints.
Harbaugh told 98 Rock, “What happens, even the thing in New England, no matter whether those things had any impact on whether they won their championships or not, they got asterisks now.” “It’s been stained,” he said.
And he is 100 percent correct. It’s not an opinion from Harbaugh, it’s fact.
This isn’t some looney conspiracy that he’s chasing, the NFL punishment’s of both New Orleans and New England support Harbaugh’s statement.
But because the national media got ahold of Harbaugh’s comments, he was forced to apologize to the guys that have actually done wrong in the league, Bill Belichick and Sean Payton, and will be painted in a negative light for calling out cheaters. Figure that one out.
“I could have been more clear that I was referring to those viewpoint,” Harbaugh said in his apology this afternoon. “I totally believe that the Patriot and Saint coaches and players earned those championships. Bill (Belichick) and Sean (Payton) both know that.”
The funny part of this whole thing is that Belichick recommended Harbaugh to Steve Bisciotti for the coaching opening in 2008. But, you won’t hear that today will you?
“There has been some distortion about what I said.”
By the way, did anyone mentioned the great charity event that Harbaugh was on the radio attempting to promote this morning? Lost in the shuffle of this mayhem was the fact that the Ravens and O.J. Brigance are supporting the annual Fiesta 5K run for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins this weekend.
Somehow that’s been overlooked, and it’s a shame.