John Harbaugh throws subtle shade at Patriots roster before Week 10
By Jerry Trotta
Ravens HC John Harbaugh took a subtle dig at the Patriots’ roster while previewing the team’s Week 10 matchup.
The New England Patriots’ narrowly avoiding a monumental upset against the New York Jets in Week 9 was viewed as a huge relief among the fanbase, and understandably so. At the same time, however, it only made their upcoming Sunday night matchup against Baltimore all the more daunting.
After all, for as often as the Ravens have looked average this season, they are still an immensely talented group and fans will remember that they handed the Patriots their first loss of 2019 in a Week 9 clash in Baltimore, which just so happened to be in primetime. On top of that, both teams have gone in opposite directions in more ways than one since then.
Baltimore has made a slew of additions on the defensive side of the ball, whereas New England lost a plethora of staters to free agency/player opt outs and didn’t do much of anything to replace them. It isn’t a stretch to say that Belichick is fielding the most flawed roster since he took over the head coaching reins back in 2000.
Why do we bring this up? Because Ravens head coach John Harbaugh went out of his way to heap praise on the Patriots’ coaching staff while abstaining from giving any semblance of a compliment to the players on Belichick’s roster.
This obviously wasn’t Harbaugh’s full quote as he was reported speaking highly of Patriots breakout wide receiver Jakobi Meyers later on in the interview. However, how often do you hear opposing coaches make it a point to laud another team’s coaching staff before star players ahead of a huge matchup?
The answer is hardly ever, and you better believe that Harbaugh, though he doesn’t necessarily have a reputation for being antagonistic, knew exactly what he was doing with this response. We totally understand that Belichick is a legend and the Ravens HC probably looks up to him, but why not wait until the end of your presser to address his greatness and the competence of his staff like the rest of the league’s coaches?
Are we offended by Harbaugh’s comments? Not in the slightest. Everybody who watches the NFL knows that the Patriots’ roster is one of the least talented in the league, so taking offense would just be hypocritical.
However, if we had the choice of opposing coaches coming outright and speaking about the holes of the roster as opposed to throwing subtle shade at it, we’d side with the former 100% of the time.