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John Harbaugh better check some of his assistant coaches before one of them gets him fired

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh needs to take more control.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Baltimore Ravens Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

No, I don’t believe Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh should be fired. Harbaugh has a record of 95-62 (including playoffs) and he currently has the most playoff wins in the NFL as a head coach since 2008 with 10. I believe Harbaugh is a very good head coach.

This isn’t coming from any inside info. But from the outside looking in on this topic, if Harbaugh is ever to be on the hot seat, it looks like the main reason will be due to the baffling decisions at times by his assistant coaches.

In 2012, former Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron almost cost the team a Super Bowl title. Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees has had his ups and downs over the last several seasons. Earlier this season, the Ravens fired offensive coordinator Marc Trestman due to horrific play calling and an offense that showed zero signs of improvement in the first five weeks of the season.

Now this brings us to current offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg who made a decision against the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday that Harbaugh called, “the worst play call of all-time” in reference to a Joe Flacco interception in the Eagles red zone during the fourth quarter that almost cost the Ravens the game. This should be a wake up call for Harbaugh even though the team is currently sitting at 8-6 with its playoff hopes very much alive.

Harbaugh needs to be in control of the offense more than usual to make sure that this team continues to create a balance in play selection between the running game and the passing game. It is stupid this late in the season to hear coaches and players talk about how they need to run the ball more. Well, who is stopping you guys from doing that?

Mornhinweg has a track record of being a pass-happy offensive coordinator and making him flip to balanced is something that Harbaugh is going to have to be in control of before this situation possibly puts Harbaugh on the hot seat down the road.

The offense is something that is going to have to be re-evaluated from top to bottom in the 2017 offseason. This team needs to find out what identity it wants going forward on offense heading into next season because this situation isn’t working. It isn’t working in a way that is sustainable for the long run because it doesn’t really look like the Ravens have a real plan going into games on a week to week basis.