Ravens 2013 player season review
Sun reporters Jeff Zrebiec, Aaron Wilson and Matt Vensel looked back at the 2013 season and assessed the performance of each player and some of the coaching staff.
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John Harbaugh, head coach( Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / September 15, 2013 )
Season in review: The season started with news that the sixth-year coach had agreed to a four-year contract extension and ended with a 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, keeping Harbaugh's team out of the playoffs for the first time in his tenure. Harbaugh and his staff were unable to fix problems that persisted all year, mainly a mistake-prone offense and a defense that couldn't get off the field late in games. Harbaugh's decision to hire run game coordinator Juan Castillo also was understandably second-guessed as the run game sagged to a franchise-low output.
Stat that stands out: 112 ¿ The number of penalties committed by the Ravens, tied for the sixth most in the NFL.
Outlook for 2014 and beyond: Harbaugh's future in Baltimore was secured with the contract extension that makes him one of the highest paid head coaches in the NFL. But this is a big offseason for him as he has several key coaching hires to make. Gary Kubiak was hired as offensive coordinator as the Ravens attempt to spark an offense that sputtered in 2013.