Leading the AFC North for the first time since Week 6, the Ravens (9-6) can claim the division Sunday for the first time since 2012 with a win at home Sunday in their regular-season finale over the Cleveland Browns (7-7-1) or a loss by the Steelers (8-6-1) to the visiting Cincinnati Bengals (6-9).
The announcement that John Harbaugh will be back as Ravens head coach came at 7 p.m. and apparently caught a number of coaches and team officials off guard. Maybe it would have been better if owner Steve Bisciotti would have tweeted it out.
It is the unwritten rule that almost everyone seems to accept as fact: If John Harbaugh’s Ravens do not make the playoffs, he will be fired as head coach. That might be true, but with a caveat: If the Ravens get into the playoffs and lose ugly in the first round, Harbaugh could be fired, too.
The celebration will also feature a video commemorating the “Greatest Game Ever Played,” in which Unitas rallied the Colts to an overtime victory over the New York Giants for the team’s first NFL championship.
On Saturday, Ravens safety Eric Weddle will match up with one of his best friends in Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. That's just one of many colliding narratives in the life of the recent Pro Bowl selection.
Making a change is never easy on the player. It’s even worse on the coach whose job it is to put the players on the field that gives his team the best chance of winning. It’s a difficult decision because of the relationships that we form with each player.