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Ravens coach John Harbaugh says he does not feel greater sense that his job is at risk

With the Ravens sitting at home instead of participating in the AFC playoffs for the third year in a row, criticism aimed at coach John Harbaugh has been growing in volume from segments of the fan base.

But Harbaugh, who just finished his 10th year as the team’s head coach and signed an agreement in August that extends his contract through the 2019 season, said he is not more worried about his job security than he was before.

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Asked Thursday morning during his end-of-season news conference if there is an added sense of urgency regarding his standing with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, Harbaugh replied, “Not for me because it couldn’t be any greater. It couldn’t be any greater now than it was last year or last week or four years ago or eight years ago or 10 years ago or 20 years ago when I was coaching special teams for the first time in Philadelphia. That sense of urgency is on full blast every single day, and if it’s not, you can’t make it in this business. So it continues. All these things that you go through, I think it steels you, it makes you tougher, it makes you more experienced. It makes you better, it fuels you.”

This three-year run of missing the postseason is the longest in Harbaugh’s tenure with the Ravens, who have gone 22-26 during that stretch. Still, Harbaugh, only the third head coach in the organization’s history, is the franchise leader in coaching wins (104) and guided the team to victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

But Harbaugh said he has a great relationship with Bisciotti, calling him “a great friend and a great mentor.”

“Our relationship is built on the fact I think he makes me better every single day as a leader,” Harbaugh said. “I think we’ve become real close over the years, just as friends. So when you get to a point like that, when you have that kind of relationship, you can talk about everything. You can drill deep on every area, and you can be honest with each other. He allows me to say, ‘Hey, Steve, no, think about this way.’ And certainly, he [might say,] ‘John, rethink that. Look at this from another perspective and see what you think.’ That’s the great thing about our relationship. He wants to be successful. He wants to win.”

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