The reality of the
“Heck yes,” his brother, Jim, the coach of
In front of the national media for the first time since the Ravens claimed their second Super Bowl championship with a 34-31 victory, Harbaugh was asked far more about what was lost over the last six weeks rather than what was gained.
“One thing we’re going to do is cherish and be proud of this championship forever,” said Harbaugh, speaking on Day Two of the
As Harbaugh was reminded Tuesday simply by the nature of the questions from reporters, the Ravens have plenty of work to do. They have already lost eight players that started games this past season, including the anchor of the offensive line (
"You can't feel sorry for yourself. Nobody's feeling sorry for you," Harbaugh said. "We have to move on to next year. We're disappointed about it. It's tough. We've had a lot of conversations … today about that part of it, the emotional part of it and balancing the emotional part with the business part. I don't think you can walk away from that. It's real. We've got friendships with these guys. Their families have been around. Our kids play together. We've been through a lot together. They were involved in every decision we made every single day. That's tough. That's something we're going to have to figure out going forward."
The Ravens are used to this by now. Every offseason seems to spur an exodus of valuable members of the team’s nucleus. However, this year, it may be a little tougher because of how much work and effort went into the team’s Super Bowl run. But as hard as it is, owner
"No team ever stays the same. We understand it," Harbaugh said. "It's mostly difficult because we had the success last year and we won a championship last year. You'd like to hold on to that, but you can't hold on to it. It's not the nature of it. We've had this kind of turnover really every year for the last five years to one degree or another, pretty much more than anybody in the league. We know how to deal with it and Ozzie does a great job with it."
Harbaugh also addressed a variety of other topics, including
** While there has been no indication that the Ravens have made any progress in re-signing Ed Reed, Harbaugh said he has his fingers crossed and remains "very hopeful" that a deal can be reached to bring the safety back for a 12th season in Baltimore.
"I think it's kind of a situation where we know Ed really well," Harbaugh said. "Ed and I are very close and I know he would tell you the same. We've had text conversations back and forth. I think he's enjoying the offseason. He had his healthiest year that he's had in the last few years. He was a great leader. Our relationship has just blossomed. It's been good, but this year with Ed especially, we really just got close."
Reed, 34, had a two-day visit with the
"We're still talking," Harbaugh said. "I don't think it's going to be anything that's real fast at this point. I guess it could change at any time, but we'll have to see."
** The Ravens have spoken to the representatives for free agent pass rushers
"We're never going to walk away from a good player, and there just happens to be some pass rushers available right now … so we're looking at them," he said.
The organization is largely focused on the draft, but Harbaugh said the Ravens “can be active in free agency to an extent” and they’d also like to lock up a couple of their younger players with contract extensions. Tight end
The Ravens maintain interest in free agent left tackle
Harbaugh said the team is looking for at least one more offensive lineman, possibly a center to compete with
** Long before many team and league executives and reporters descended on Phoenix, the two combatants in last month's Super Bowl and their families arrived at the Biltmore Hotel. The Harbaugh brothers had spoken since the Super Bowl, but this was the first opportunity for their families to spend extended time together.
"We had so much fun," John Harbaugh said. "We were here a couple days early. We had our kids here and we were just playing around and having a blast. … We've got a really strong relationship and it's only gotten stronger, and I feel like right now it's as strong as it's ever been."
John and Jim even raced down the slide at the hotel pool with their kids on their shoulders.