"John," a guy said, "some people would say this is dancing very close to the edge of chaos."
"No, that's ridiculous," Harbaugh said, giving the questioner his best death-stare. "It's ridiculous."
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Leaving the podium, the normally affable Harbaugh then hurried over to the reporter to re-emphasize — this time more personally — how ridiculous he thought the question was.
That's the kind of day it was at the Castle, where the Ravens seemed determined to show that all was still right in their world.
Of course, there was plenty of evidence to suggest it wasn't.
There was a banged-up defense missing superstars Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis, who may or may not play against the Broncos, depending on whether their arms fall off in practice this week if they make a tackle.
There was a woefully inconsistent offense to fix. And there was a veteran quarterback in Joe Flacco being blamed for everything short of causing the fiscal cliff.
Let's see, since that ugly 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins, Flacco has been ripped for making bad pre-snap reads, lacking pocket awareness and ball security, being afraid to throw over the middle, not showing enough emotion and not studying the still photos as much as other NFL quarterbacks do when he comes out of games.
I think he even got ripped for not staying in touch with his mom.
Wow. You wonder how he lasted this long in the NFL. To hear the critics tell it, he should be working at a Denny's instead of trying to play this game.
But that's what happens when a team like the Ravens, a team short-listed for the Super Bowl, takes it on the chin two games in a row. And it underscores how much pressure there is to win in the NFL — and the consequences when you fall short.
Think about it: you're Cam Cameron and your team is 9-4, still in the driver's seat to win the AFC North and go to the playoffs.
But a few hours after a heartbreaking loss down I-95, the head coach is calling your cell and telling you to swing by his office. And right away you know it's not to share a late-night pizza.
So now it's Jim Caldwell who's been asked to do CPR on an underperforming offense.
And it's Caldwell who's been tasked with getting more out of the no-huddle offense, which showed such promise earlier in the season before it was mostly a dud on the road. Yep, crowd noise made the no-huddle look like no-clue.