John Harbaugh wants home playoff games in Baltimore and he knows how to get them. Simply win more games than anyone else and you are in. Do it enough and you get to play at home the entire way.
Yes, we want home playoff games. We definitely [want] multiple home playoff games. That’s what we’re looking for, and it doesn’t matter what division we’re playing against – outside the division or whatever. If we win more games than anybody else, we’ll get them all at home. That’s the goal.
Part of that stems from just maintaining a roster and a mentality of playing like a Raven. John Harbaugh talked a bit about the standard that this team has to have being such an illustrious franchise.
Right, and that goes back … It’s 20 years here. It’s our 20-year anniversary. [Former Ravens OLB] Jarret Johnson is out here [as a personnel intern]. I mentioned to Jarret Johnson last night [that] we’ve had some – pardon my French – we’ve had some bad-ass teams around here, and that’s what these guys have to understand what the standard is.
All of us should have heard the term "play like a Raven" by now, but few understand truly what that means. It isnt just a saying that implies that a player is tough, but a phrase that encompasses everything from on the field accomplishments to off the field stuff. Players that might not achieve the greatest accolades personally, but understand their role in the team, and give it their all on every play while helping the community and being happy to be a Baltimore Ravens define what it truly means to "play like a Raven."
Harbaugh is the one that sets the tone for the players and the rest of the organization. From a coach perspective, Harbaugh focuses on readying his players not only for their on-field efforts, but for being good young men. We've seen it in his disappointment in players that have failed the organization and themselves, much like Ray Rice did. Much like a father to his children, his goal is not only that they have fun and do well in their formative years, but go on to live happy, productive lives afterwards.
For Harbaugh, the Ravens' organization and the fans themselves; that standard is sacred.