Baltimore Ravnes head coach John Harbaugh told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports that his players almost turned on him before their bye week.
Harbaugh told his players that they would be practicing in pads after getting blown out and embarrassed by the Houston Texans. It didn’t go over well and things almost got really ugly.
Practicing in pads did not go over well with some of Baltimore’s other veterans, including safeties Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, and several of them openly challenged Harbaugh’s edict. Rather than squashing the mini-uprising, the coach welcomed the dialogue and solicited additional criticism. Soon, the meeting turned surreal, as the subject shifted to Harbaugh’s treatment of his players and perceived mood swings.
“It was practically a mutiny,” one Ravens player recalled, per Silver. “It came very close to getting out of control. But the way Coach Harbaugh handled it was amazing. He let people have their say, and he listened, and he explained himself, and pretty soon it was like a big group-therapy session. In the end, a lot of positive things were said. We didn’t practice in pads, but we came out of there stronger as a group.”
There’s no doubt in my mind that Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in the NFL and this is a prime example why. Most coaches would have handled this situatioon the wrong way and ended up losing their team.