The Baltimore Ravens for off to a hot 3-1 start to their 2018 season and have since cooled off including a loss in the AFC North to a mediocre Browns team that recently fired their head and offensive coordinators Hue Jackson and Todd Haley.
The Ravens today lost to another AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers and are looking at a 4-5 record which makes them 3rd in the division. The Ravens have the number 1 ranked defense and have also improved tremendously on offense and were expected to be playoff participants this year. Their record and regression offensively have led to speculation about head coach John Harbaugh job security.
According to Ian Rapaport,
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 4, 2018
The Ravens have brought in wideout’s John Brown and Michael Crabtree to give Flacco weapons on the outside but the team appears to be underperforming. According to CBS Sports, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was close to making a decision on Harbaugh at the end of the 2017 season but decided against it.
Things have been so bad lately that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti actually thought about firing Harbaugh at the end of last season.
“It was certainly a consideration, but not one that I was inclined to make this year,” Bisciotti said back in February. “Certainly, it was a thought.”
However, Bisciotti decided to give Harbaugh another season to turn things around.
“I was very proud of the way John kept fighting, held the team together when we were losing in the middle of the year,” Bisciotti said.
We’ll see if the Ravens owner feels the same way after today’s loss. The Ravens will face the Bengals next week who may be without star wide receive AJ Green who is dealing with a foot injury. Who could possibly be in line for the job if Harbaugh is relieved of his duties. The candidates will likely include other coaches who could potentially be looking for work, including Packers Mike McCarthy, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, or someone from the Ravens current staff could be considered.