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Harbaugh recalls 'shocking' rift among Ravens

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08:03 AM ET 07.27 | On the eve of 2012 training camp, what John Harbaugh sees matches his vision. Asked what would make him feel good when he looked at his players later that day, he said it would be the way they look back at him. No slouching, no distant eyes, no one dozing off, no one thinking they're too good -- or too famous -- for the guy next to him. "That's exactly what I'm most proud of, is the connection I'll feel in that room between coach and team," Harbaugh said. "When I first stood in front of that team, the rift was palpable, shockingly so. And now the connection is intense. The relationships are so strong, and they continue to need to be built and worked on. But that's what I'm most proud of."

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July 27, 2012  08:09 AM ET

Any team that makes the playoffs as consistently as the Ravens is doing something right.

July 27, 2012  08:10 AM ET

I'm proud that he's proud.

July 27, 2012  08:10 AM ET

And they do that in a division with the even-more-consistent Pittsburgh Steelers.

July 27, 2012  08:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm proud that he's proud.

Is this Ray Pride Week?

July 27, 2012  08:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Is this Ray Pride Week?

Charlie Pride... Ray Pride is later.

July 27, 2012  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Any team that makes the playoffs as consistently as the Ravens is doing something right.

I think the "rift" may have been based around the calling out of Joe Flacco by a few vets during the playoffs.

July 27, 2012  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Any team that makes the playoffs as consistently as the Ravens is doing something right.

+1

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July 27, 2012  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Is this Ray Pride Week?

Speaking of, the area that used to host them for training camp is having a Summer Football Day with active members of the Ravens and former members of Baltimore Colts. Ray is the headliner at $80 an autograph. Free autographs are included from a couple of rookies and, oh yeah, Curtis Painter.

July 27, 2012  09:20 AM ET

One Big Happy Family!!! Good Morning Boys!!!

July 27, 2012  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think the "rift" may have been based around the calling out of Joe Flacco by a few vets during the playoffs.

nah, read it again, he says:

"When I first stood in front of that team, the rift was palpable..."

So he's talking about after Billick was canned and he was hired...and he's 100% right, too, because the team had a huge rift back then. Ever since "cancerous" players like Chris MacAllister left and Harbs has taken over things have really improved in that locker room.

July 27, 2012  09:26 AM ET

This is called a "PR statement" that has no basis in reality....they just want the fans to think everything is hunky dory...

July 27, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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nah, read it again, he says:"When I first stood in front of that team, the rift was palpable..."So he's talking about after Billick was canned and he was hired...and he's 100% right, too, because the team had a huge rift back then. Ever since "cancerous" players like Chris MacAllister left and Harbs has taken over things have really improved in that locker room.

how can you be a fan if you are THAT deluded?

July 27, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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Speaking of, the area that used to host them for training camp is having a Summer Football Day with active members of the Ravens and former members of Baltimore Colts. Ray is the headliner at $80 an autograph. Free autographs are included from a couple of rookies and, oh yeah, Curtis Painter.

I hope Ray sits there all day at an empty table, and nobody buys his autograph. I know a lot of athletes do that, but my opinion of him just went down a lot.

How many millions does this guy make a year playing football? And he has to sell autographs?

Curtis Painter > Ray Lewis. Just don't take it out of context.

July 27, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Bereft of a rift, that is good..

July 27, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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I hope Ray sits there all day at an empty table, and nobody buys his autograph. I know a lot of athletes do that, but my opinion of him just went down a lot.How many millions does this guy make a year playing football? And he has to sell autographs?Curtis Painter > Ray Lewis. Just don't take it out of context.

Especially if you consider how much this community (Westminster, MD) has embraced the Ravens. They have so much pride for that team as if it were their own.

July 27, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Until Harbaugh hoists the Lombardi there will always be a rift...

July 27, 2012  10:09 AM ET

So...

This didn't happen by itself (no offense intended coach)...

Who's gone that made this happen?

July 27, 2012  10:53 AM ET

He has the most sense of the family.

 
July 27, 2012  10:57 AM ET

Let's not look a rift horse in the mouth.

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