Harbaugh Reveals The Life Of An NFL Coach
In an enlightening (and well-done) NFL Network round-table discussion, John Harbaugh, Rex Ryan (Jets), Tom Coughlin (Giants) and Bruce Arians (Cardinals) drew back the curtain on life as an NFL head coach.
That's seven Super Bowl rings and 80 years of NFL coaching experience talking. You can't get better insight into the high-profile job that only 32 men in the world hold.
Along with the other three men, Harbs showed more intimate and human side of his job. It's a far different image from what fans are used to seeing of a head coach, typically talking at a press conference to a critical media or barking out commands from the sidelines to his players.
Harbaugh opened up about his family, health, scheduling and player relationships in the four-part video series below.
Perhaps the most emotional Harbaugh became was when he talked about when his then 11-year-old daughter, Alison, gave HIM encouragement just prior to kickoff at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
The national anthem had just concluded, and Harbaugh and his daughter embraced one final time. As father remembers it, she looked up him and said, "Daddy, we can do this."
As Harbaugh recalled the story, he exhaled quickly and leaned forward as if he had been punched in the gut. He grabbed his neck and said with wide eyes, "I mean, I got a lump in my throat."
"Your kids are a part of this thing, whether you like it or not. They know," Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh cherishes his relationship with his daughter and reserves Friday nights for her and his wife, Ingrid. The parents often attend Alison's sports practices and games, and keep it simple by stopping by Chipotle for dinner on their way home.
"I can't wait to get home to see her," Harbaugh said.
Despite the excitement to see the family, Harbaugh joked about how quickly he learns his place during the offseason. He may be the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, but he's not the head coach of the house.
"All I know is that when the season is over, and they finally get us back, and we start getting involved in the daily routine, I always get scolded. 'Hey, we have a routine, you can come along if you want, but don't mess up my schedule.'"
There are several other gems in the four-part video series. Check it out below (mobile users tap "View in Browser at the top of the page to watch).
Staff And Scheduling
Could Rice And Taliaferro Miss Games?
With news breaking yesterday that Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro had been arrested and charged with destruction of property and being drunk in public over the weekend, fans are concerned about whether the team could be without two backs to start the season due to suspension.
The fourth-round selection received the misdemeanor charges in his hometown of Williamsburg, Va., where a police officer overheard loud cursing from a group getting out of a cab Saturday morning. Per a source of ESPN's Jamison Hensley, Taliaferro admitted to accidentally breaking the taxi cab window and has paid for damages.
"Both charges against Taliaferro are misdemeanors but nevertheless, pretty poor decision making 2 weeks after draft," tweeted The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.
"We're aware of the situation and have discussed it with Lorenzo," the Ravens said in a statement to media. "He will have his due process and the opportunity to talk about what happened."
Combine the incident with Ray Rice, who will likely be suspended by the league for his involvement in a domestic violence dispute in February, and Baltimore Beatdown's Jason Butt believes there is potential both running backs could be absent Week 1.
The Sun's Aaron Wilson says that's not likely.
"For those asking, Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro isn't expected to face discipline from the NFL for his misdemeanor charges," Wilson wrote.
Is Seamster The Next Undrafted Gem?
Bart Scott. Jameel McClain. Marlon Brown. Justin Tucker. … Sammy Seamster?
The list of Ravens undrafted gems is impressive, and CSNBaltimore.com's Clifton Brown says to "keep an eye" on the cornerback out of Middle Tennessee to be the next added to it.
"Seamster has good size (6-2, 200) for an NFL corner, and he ran a solid 4.42 time in the 40 at his pro day workout," Brown wrote. "But the numbers that might be more important to Seamster are four and zero: Four is the number of returning cornerbacks the Ravens have in camp, and zero is the number of cornerbacks the Ravens drafted.
"It's a thin position to be sure right now, which is one reason the Ravens appealed to Seamster. As an undrafted player, he had his choice of several competing offers and chose the Ravens. Seamster faces plenty of competition, as the Ravens brought in three other undrafted cornerbacks as well."
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