Sometimes, it's never a good thing to open your mouth, no matter what your intentions. For John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, this may end up being the case, as he gave a rather frank assessment of his thoughts on how history should perceive the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints; both of whom were caught in scandals that may have affected the outcome of games.
“In the end, everything is brought before the light of day, when it’s all said and done,” Harbaugh said when asked about the Saints scandal and cheating in general by the 98 Rock morning show crew. “What happens, even the thing in New England, no matter whether those things had any impact on whether they won their championships or not, they got asterisks now. It’s been stained.
"To me, it’s never worth it. You’ve got to figure out ways to use the rules to your advantage, you’ve got to figure out ways to make the most of everything. We’ve got new work rules here as far as what we can do and what we can’t do with our players, and we’re going to make the most of it. What we’re finding is, ‘Man, maybe we can do some things even better than we did before,’ because these rules make us focus more on some things that we didn’t focus on before. You just have to make them work for you. That’s what success is in the world. You have to find a way to do things better than somebody else. But if you’re cheating, in the end, you’re going to get discredited. It’s not worth it.”
Harbaugh was on the program to to promote the upcoming ALS charity run for O.J. Brigance, but seemed to get caught up in the scandal topic. When asked if during a game if he ever felt like the other team knew what play the Ravens were going to run, Harbaugh responded with a tentative yes.
“Yeah, I have, but if I say when, it’s going to be like Pro Football Talk is going to blow up and go crazy and I’m going to get accused of accusing somebody of something,” Harbaugh said.
That late bit of tact may have saved him from a world of trouble, but it might not have been enough to save his team from potential retaliation from a motivated team mentioned above. The Ravens host the Patriots on September 23rd, a night game that just got a little more sizzle thrown into the mix.
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