The chaotic CD-Day is over and the Baltimore Ravens' roster of 53 is set. With a straight face and calm, cool demeanor, Head Coach John Harbaugh addressed the media with this reassuring message to tuck our loose-fitting thoughts back into our pants. Dockers, in his brother's case.
"Played a late game, got back at four in the morning and we put in two really good practices since then. Practiced 10-12 hours after we got back. We had a great practice yesterday, came back today and had a great practice again today. I’m really proud of the football team; proud of the way they work. Just a bunch of blue-collar guys that get after it and work hard every day. And we’re ready, we are ready for the season. So I’m excited about it.
...We got Tuesday to work on Cincinnati. I think we’re in tremendous shape. We are in great shape as a football team and that allows us to go out and practice the way we do. And when you come out to practice the way you do, that allows you to get better every single day and maximize the time you get on the field. I expect them to come back on Tuesday popping out of their skin, ready to go. And I know they’re excited to get to work.
I like our team a lot. I would go so far as to say that I love our team. ... I believe in this football team. There’s no question in my mind that . But now you got to go do it, reputations aren’t built on what you say you’re going to do. They’re built on what you do."
Three takeaways from the speech:
1. The excited Head Coach is proud of the work that his team has put in and believes that the squadron is ready for the season. Seven wide receivers will wreak havoc on defenses once the ground game is established.
2. The team is in tremendous shape. The average age of the newly-updated roster is 26. The Ravens' averaged 26.5 when they won the Super Bowl in 2012.
3. Reputations aren't built on what you say, but what you do. That's not footballspeak.
Harbaugh is ready. Are you?