Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

December 27, 2018 at 1:43 am.

–Ravens head coach John Harbaugh did not have much to say about a report saying the team is looking to extend his contract.

On Dec. 21, the Ravens announced they will retain their coach heading into next season and plan to begin negotiations for a contract extension. Harbaugh’s current contract expires after next season.

When asked whether he has reflected on the team’s announcement, Harbaugh replied: “No, I haven’t.”

When pressed further, Harbaugh would not take the bait.

He said the team is simply focused on beating the Browns in the regular-season finale, winning an AFC North title for the first time since 2012 and snapping a three-year playoff drought.

“I think it’s a non-story,” Harbaugh said. “We’re just trying to win football games. We’ve kept it simple, kept it about football. Everybody is on a one-year deal. You’re on a one-week deal, as far as I’m concerned, in this league, players and coaches. That’s how we are. We get that.

“Players and coaches understand that. We don’t think too much about all of that. You try to go out and do your best the very next game, have the best day you can have, and that’s how we look at it. So, all that stuff is really not something that you dwell on or think about. There are a few other things to think about.”

–Rookie Mark Andrews has been consistent from start to finish this year. He lead all of the team’s tight ends with 30 receptions for 430 yards with three touchdowns.

Head coach John Harbaugh dismissed the notion that Andrews was able to overcome the so-called “rookie wall.”

“It’s a figment of your imagination or whoever thinks there is a rookie wall,” Harbaugh said. “The only walls in life are the ones we build ourselves. If there’s a wall, we’re climbing over it or getting around it, whatever. There’s no wall.

“You have a day. You get a good 10-hour sleep, you’re fresh and ready to go the next day. For an athlete – you need at least eight hours for a normal person – an athlete needs 10 hours of sleep: Get in bed, get ready to go and have a great day. Let’s go. That’s true for a rookie or a veteran. What difference does it make? That’s my theory; I’m sticking with it,” he said.

BY THE NUMBERS: 38 – A NFL-high 10-play drives by the Ravens’ offense, with 19 resulting in touchdowns, — also an NFL best.