This week the Ravens were sanctioned by the NFL for holding overly intense up-tempo off season workouts. The League stated in part that the Ravens had violated policy by requiring the players to stay long hours and conduct themselves at season level performance standards during voluntary workout sessions. Clearly this is not Spy-gate material, but its enough fodder for fans of opposing teams to sling at the Baltimore faithful.
Let’s put it out there right now, all 32 teams are guilty of this violation. With the current state of competition in the NFL you have to do what it takes. You also have to be lucky enough to not get caught. The Ravens broke a rule, OK, so what? Their conduct does not trouble nearly as much as the reason why the team was caught pushing the limits.
The Ravens were ratted out by their own players. That is immensely disturbing news.
What does that mean to me? That means dissension is growing in the ranks, and dissension breeds contempt. Clearly the players have begun to grow weary of the task master approach Harbaugh has been using, and it is beginning to show through. Now, does this translate into poor performance on the field? It’s hard to say but probably not. Little scuffles like this between front office staff and player personnel happen all the time. It’s just very rare to see the team openly revolt to the League itself.
Harbaugh needs to get his team back under control and bring everyone onto the same page. If he doesn’t he’s going to find a locker-room full of players that have all but tuned him out, and if that happens, well just ask Brian Billick how that worked out for him.