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Harbaugh quelled near-mutiny in Baltimore

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07:59 AM ET 11.29 | Awaiting the Ravens on Halloween: the non-treat of practicing in full pads. 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 [John 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. "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."

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November 29, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Clearly, it was so intense that we're just hearing about it now

November 29, 2012  08:23 AM ET

Oh... So he's just as crazy as the other Harbaugh.

November 29, 2012  08:25 AM ET

So, did he roll over for the mutineers or what?

November 29, 2012  08:27 AM ET

It's hard to argue with a coach who has the team at the top of the only compettiive division in the AFC.

November 29, 2012  08:28 AM ET

If this were New Orleans, we could have Mutiny on the Bounty.

November 29, 2012  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

So, did he roll over for the mutineers or what?

Yeah, he's not so tough when they gang up on him

November 29, 2012  08:50 AM ET

Practicing in pads mid season seems highly unusual.

November 29, 2012  09:00 AM ET

The Harbaugh brothers take everything to the edge...just so they can look over and see how far the fall is. One day they're going to stop too late and they'll have a mess to clean up.

November 29, 2012  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It's hard to argue with a coach who has the team at the top of the only compettiive division in the AFC.

Yep... and if this type of communication is one way to keep them at the top of that division, then good for him.

November 29, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If this were New Orleans, we could have Mutiny on the Bounty.

LMAO!

November 29, 2012  09:58 AM ET

So the NFL has two sets of brothers coaching who are a few bricks short of a full load, the Harbaughs and the Ryans.
Wonder who will implode first? My money is on the Ryan in Dallas, who's defense truly sucks this season, followed by his brother in NY who's team can't win.
The Harbaughs will probably keep their jobs as long as they each keep winning.

November 29, 2012  10:10 AM ET
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The Harbaughs will probably keep their jobs as long as they each keep winning.

Also, every other coach in the league

November 29, 2012  10:10 AM ET

except Norv Turner

November 29, 2012  10:38 AM ET

Even "almost" good enough after a while is not good enough. The only thing worse than being a HC of a team with no chance of winning it all is being a HC of a team that their fans and owner think should win it all.

November 29, 2012  11:35 AM ET

You're missing the story. Read before commenting. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--john-harbaugh-kept-ravens-on-track-despi te--mutiny--at-practice-in-october--164505133.html

November 29, 2012  11:36 AM ET

You're missing the point. Read the entire article. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--john-harbaugh-kept-ravens-on-track-despi te--mutiny--at-practice-in-october--164505133.html

November 29, 2012  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If this were New Orleans, we could have Mutiny on the Bounty.

Groan

 
November 29, 2012  12:19 PM ET

Don't understand why this was an issue. The current CBA has a hard ceiling against the number of full pad practices that can be conducted during the regular season and a further limited amount at the end of the year. Harbaugh has every right to get his share in.

Maybe the argument is that Reed, Pollard and some of the older veterans should have been given the day off. The Steelers have always done this with their Wednesday practices for the vets to get an extra day of rest.

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