Just a few short weeks ago, some had the Ravens figured as a potential AFC Super Bowl representative. But after three straight losses, talk of a Super Bowl has faded and turned to who might be fired in Baltimore.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday Harbaugh’s future was in doubt as he’s under a “playoffs or bust” directive. The Ravens sit at 4-5 with three straight losses to the Saints, Panthers and Steelers, plus a loss to the Browns.
The Ravens front office wasn’t even sure it wanted to bring Harbaugh back after the 2017 season since Harbaugh wasn’t the hire of new Ravens GM Eric DeCosta.
Baltimore is also reportedly frustrated with the lack of development of Lamar Jackson, who was drafted in the first round as the heir apparent to Joe Flacco. This could mean trouble for Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who might be the first domino to fall.
“I haven’t seen that,” Harbaugh told reporters regarding him being on the hot seat after the Steelers loss. “I’ve never been someone worried about losing a job. I feel very good about the way this team has been coached for the last 11 years.”
Harbaugh does have a 98-71 coaching record and has won a Super Bowl in Baltimore. Harbaugh may find out like Hue Jackson did in Cleveland that the record is irrelevant; it’s all about the 1st round rookie quarterback.