Ravens Harbaugh Says Steelers Should’ve Known Better Than To Expect A Win

The Baltimore Ravens won’t be going to the playoffs this season but thanks to them beating the Pittsburgh Steelers twice this season, their AFC North rival might not make the playoffs either.

After the Ravens 20-17 Sunday home win over the Steelers, head coach John Harbaugh addressed his team in the locker room and reveled in the victory in a very predicable manner.

“Here’s a team that hadn’t lost in December in like 12 or 15 games,” Harbaugh told his team. “That’s a team that came in here and expected to win, but you know what, they should’ve known better. They should’ve known better because they’re coming to play the Ravens. And that’s who the Ravens are.”

After making that address, Harbaugh looked straight into the camera and let the team media know they could use that footage.

“You can put that out all you want,” Harbaugh said.

The Steelers hadn’t lost two regular season games to the Ravens twice in one year since 2011 when they finished 12-4. Both losses this year were very disgusting with the second one coming against a Ravens team that was quarterbacked by Ryan Mallett, who was signed off of the street less than two weeks ago. Additionally, the Ravens main wide receivers on Sunday were Kamar Aiken, Chris Givens, and Chris Matthews. How many of those three players were drafted in your fantasy league this year?

Hey, can you blame Harbaugh for being cocky after this one? The Steelers were favored by 10-points ahead of Sunday’s road game and they laid a tremendous egg. Perhaps they should’ve known better than to expect a win.

  • BJ

    I don’t know which coach I’ve despised more. Billick or Harbaugh. The man’s arrogance has reached new heights.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    Harbaugh is a clown. He thinks about Pittsburgh even when they don’t play us, so boasting about a victory like this is laughable. What he said was true, the Stiller’s overlooked them, but that makes his comments stupid. You are bragging that a better team lost to you because they didn’t try hard…brilliant!

  • AndyR34

    Just face it…Crybaugh is a better coach than Dumlin…just plain has his number. Dumlin will never be better than 1-1 vs. the Ratbirds in any season as long as Dumlin is HC.

  • Paddy

    Harbaugh owns Tomlin, he just gets his team better prepared. I even give him more credit doing it with a terrible secondary, a makeshift o-line, practice players at RB and Mallett at QB. Not sure Belichick could do all that.

  • SteelersDepot

    Dumlin? how old are you?

  • MK

    Can’t argue with what he said.. Steelers thought they would win by just stepping on the field. I question if Ben even looked at film on Raven’s defense because he looked so confused out there.

  • still lit

    Harbaugh owns Tomlin and I agree with everything Harbaugh says. And I would trade Tomlin for Harbaugh in a heartbeat.

  • still lit

    Tomlin is not dumb, but I don’t believe for a second that Harbaugh is not the better coach. Indeed, what does Tomlin do? I don’t think that question is particularly funny anymore.

  • Stevie D

    Give the Ravens credit………….. Steelers have no one blame but themselves.

  • Orlysteel

    This made his season he had nothing to brag about the whole year, this was his super bowl, misery loves company.

  • BradleyT

    Can’t stand this guy… But he’s right.

  • %%^& Him

  • Really of course you would go ahead. Really

  • MK

    Everyone in the picture besides Harbough looks like they are uninterested and couldn’t care less about the win.

  • pittfan

    Wow, wake up to a new day and there is still an L in the W/L column. It MUST be real.
    I think this teams past might be its biggest burden.
    Well we still have a shot, I say we take it

  • PittsburghSports

    Actually if we won this game their records would’ve been even, but now Tomlin is 8-10 against Harbaugh in the reg season and 1-1 in the playoffs. I don’t think you can ask anything better out of your biggest rivalry, although a win yesterday wouldn’t have caused this sickening feeling today.

  • PittsburghSports

    Shush. You sound foolish.

  • still lit

    All time, yes. Lately? No. Since 2010 Harbaugh is 9-5 vs Tomlin. Trendning in the wrong direction.

  • still lit

    Well, I do think Harbaugh is a better coach, so why wouldn’t I? Harbaugh is 9-5 against Tomlin since 2010 with arguably less overall talent. The point is, I’m being sincere, not emotional.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Harbaugh is 10-9 against Tomlin and he owns him? St. Louis won at Seattle and and Carolina laid an egg. It happens. Our corner situation is a train wreck. You want to blame somebody, blame Ben . He looked like he wasn’t prepared at all.

  • still lit

    Psh.

  • 6 ring circus

    Especially the old guy. Who said wisdom comes with age?

  • Stevie D

    Blame isn’t just on BIG BEN. The defense let Ryan Mallet come over the streets with less than two weeks of preparation look like Tom Brady. I remember one play when was 2 down and 22………..WOW pick up with no problem.

  • 6 ring circus

    Harbaugh’s the epitome of a guy continually eating sour grapes. But, as they say, if you don’t want Cam dabbing in your endzone, keep him outta there. You get the analogy…

  • lol So the Steelers should have fired Cowher because he couldn’t beat Jeff Fisher. You want him as well?

  • Nolrog

    He’s right. Steelers booked that W before they even played the game. They should know better, especially against the Rats. They always play us tough and relish in beating us. Yesterday was their Super Bowl. They may win 5 games all year, but they beat us twice so their season is a success.

  • WilliamSekinger

    People need to dig deeper into this question. The real question is why does this team continually think they can step on a football field and expect the other team to bow down? This isn’t a new problem, it has happened every year for as long as I can remember. It goes beyond looking past the occasional opponent.

  • still lit

    You think Jeff Fisher is a better coach than Harbaugh? That’s hardly a forceful analogy.

  • EdJHJr

    Harbaughler should think of planning on winning against some other teams too

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Bend over and take it…he is exactly right and if no one likes his comments then play to win the damn game. This was sad from what the Ravens brought to the table

  • still lit

    19 on IR and they are rebuilding. The W-L record for the Ravens this year does not tell of his ability as a coach.

  • EdJHJr

    And Mr. Not living in his fears should fear making stupid 1st q. decisions. He went for the loss in the first quarter and made it. Congrats

  • c t s

    This loss is squarely on tomlin. It wouldn’t be if this is a rare occurance, but it’s been a trend since he got here. His teams in pivotal points of the season against inferior talent, they treat it like a freaking bye-week. They never get up for these games. They don’t even get off the team bus. It’s a disgrace and it’s pitiful. I am usually a big tomlin supporter and defender n objectively speaking, he does do a good job of getting everything out of his players and at times in big games against top talent, he gets them to play up to the talent. But there’s no excuse to let these type of losses, happen multiple times EVERY YEAR! This is hands down THEE worst loss of Tomlinson tenure and the one that if I was the Rooneys, would be cause to call coach into the office and have a real hard honest chat. I’m close to wanting tomlin gone myself.

  • still lit

    Meh. I place more blame on Ben than Tomlin. Those two interceptions were horrendous and resulted in 10 points for the Ravens.

  • c t s

    As much as it pains me to say it, harbaugh is leaps and bounds a better coach than tomlin is.

  • Where is he going to be after next week? Where were they before everyone got hurt 0-4

  • How’s that going for Denver went from a Superbowl contender to barely being in the playoff’s. Fire him go ahead, be careful what you wish for.

  • He throw those two which should have been 3 picks as well?

  • c t s

    Their team is like ours after the 2010 sb, old depleted of talent and rebuilding. They started out with only 1 wr with nfl talent n it was a old man. Trust me, next year, if tomlin is still here simply spewing the same rhetoric and clichés as opposed to coaching his team to a win, we’ll only get teased a championship just to lose to the titans or jags. I’m not sold on them winning this week to Cleveland.

  • Axe Skot

    What a tool.

  • george

    This was a very bad Baltimore team that beat the Steelers. On a day when the Steelers all knew they needed a win. No excuse…biggest rivalry or not.

  • c t s

    Something obviously has to change. They do this every year since he’s been here. I think we really need to evaluate what exactly does tomlin do well? Cuz don’t give the motivator factor, cuz where was that yesterday. Face it, tomlin is black Barry Switzer except cooler that’s why he goes unquestioned.

  • c t s

    Tomlin=black Barry Switzer. It’s time to face fact. He won with cowhers squad, and has his job because of Ben. This coming from a tomlin supporter but I’m also a realist. Fact is fact, guy can’t get his team prepared against inferior talent. It’s become his calling card.

  • still lit

    After next week, he will be in the same place as Tomlin: watching the playoffs on his couch.

  • 6 ring circus

    Can we keep race out of the discussion? Not sure what that has to do with it, except your prejudices and fears. As far as winning with another coaches players, that’s nonsense.

  • SteelersDepot

    why does skin color matter?

  • c t s

    I’m black and I’m telling the truth that no one wants to hear. He’s a catch phrase machine. Just like Barry was. Barry won with jimmy Johnson’s team, just like how mike did with bills team. It’s cold it’s harsh but that’s how facts are.

  • RickM

    This guote comes from a guy who opted for a 2-point possession several years ago when the Ravens were ahead of the Steelers 31-7. I wouldn’t want this guy as my Head Coach in a million years. He has absolutely no class.

  • Heywood Jablome

    I tell you who I undoubtedly would trade Tomlin for – Bruce Arians. The guy is one hell of a head coach. Who knew? If I ever find a Delorian and get it up to 88 mph, I’m going back to 2012 to convince the Steelers to get rid of Tomlin and promote Arians to head coach.

  • c t s

    It doesn’t really n I probably could’ve done without saying that but in my eyes that exactly how I view tomlin now. He’s the new Barry Switzer.

  • Craig M

    We were out coached, in preparation, play calling, motivation and adjustments. Harbaugh’s only mistake was making that comment- it will come back to haunt him.

  • hojo

    Unquestioned? by whom? the fans? have you read the comments on this blog for the last 5 years?

  • alevin16

    I just feel like venting so please do not crucify me.

    I am not a Tomlin supporter nor a Tomlin hater. He is the coach and that is that. All this talk about winning with other coach’s players, to me does ring true to a degree. Chuck Noll’s last seasons (90 and 91) the team did not make the playoffs, but in Cowher’s first year with basically the same players they zoomed into the playoffs.

    I think Tomlin is a good coach but maybe that is the problem. He is just good. Sort of like Carlos Emmons. He was a pretty good linebacker, but no all-pro. Maybe to have this team go further or even just not collapse against bad teams they need someone that will go beyond good.

    I am not calling for any firings, I am not claiming I could do better. Tomlin has had some great moments and some head scratchers.

    Just my two cents and it probably isn’t even worth that much.

    Go Bills win one for Rex! 😀

  • Craig M

    It’s like the KC of old, they built their team around the concept of beating the best in their own division, figuring that the idea was not the SB so much as being tops in your own backyard.

  • Craig M

    Got to agree w/ you in that his record shows he tends to coach down to poorer quality teams, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why- wish someone would ask him that question just to see/ hear his response. P,S. Think your analogy to Switzer is off base, the guy has no rhythm. 🙂

  • Nick Huffman

    #Jagoffofthecentury! biggest douche in football!

  • 6 ring circus

    Like I said, your own prejudices and fears…

  • Willie John

    I don’t think you remember much about what happened with Barry Switzer and why he basically got run out of Dallas. If you did, you’d probably not make comparisons to Tomlin.

  • BJ

    Something Tomlin and the whole Steelers organization have that the Ravens and Harbaugh don’t: Class. I know plenty enough Ravens fans who agree (at least on the Harbaugh part).

  • cencalsteeler

    Have to laugh at all the Harbaugh hating here. He did is job and quite admirably, too. If the shoe was on the other foot and we knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs with a depleted team, I’d bet we’d all be cheering Tomlins locker room speech. Give Harbaugh and the Ravens their due. As much as it pains me, you have to tip your cap to them.

  • RickM

    Traitor 🙂 There is something called winning with class and John Harbaugh wouldn’t know what that was if he tripped over it. He’s also the whiniest coach in the NFL. He’s all yours! LOL.

  • cencalsteeler

    Ha! Rick, I’d like to ruffle your feathers a little more. If, (though this won’t happen), and I say if the Steelers were to go in a different direction and cut ties with Tomlin. Wait, are you sitting down? I’d give strong consideration to bringing in Jim Harbaugh. Imagine the rivalry elevates even higher!! Now, I know Jim will probably not win any personality contests, but I’m ok with that, because it’s Lombardi’s that we need. He can add to the trophy case and that is all that matters, whether you like him or not. There is no denying he is a proven winner and I’d set his whining aside to maintain a winning program.

  • mark black

    cocky for 5-10

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I honestly thought they were going for a top pick, but oh well. Shame on me….

  • RickM

    🙂 I actually totally agree with you and would take Jim Harbaugh in a millisecond. But how do we fix the defensive drafting? Other than Heyward and Tuitt, it has been extremely sub-par dating all the way back to 2007.

  • Vic

    I’m a die hard steelers fan and I have to agree, this team will never be great with Mike dumblin

  • Dorian James

    I agree with Harbaugh, after losing our last 2 meetings we should have known better. I’m really getting sick of losing to the f’ing Ravens

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Not just losing to them. Losing to INFERIOR Ravens teams. Even with Leftwich under center a few years ago, the Steelers still lost to an inferior squad.

  • John A Stewart

    Ben is a very good Jock and not a student of the game still glad we have him.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    All the Steelers players SAID the right things ahead of this game. Tomlin SAID all the right things ahead of this game. (“We know what’s at stake,” “We’re not overlooking this game,” “We don’t need extra motivation,” blah blah.) But like it or not, this was a playoff game. Not a “road to the playoffs” game, it was a playoff game. And I didn’t see ANYONE treating it that way. All I heard was a bunch of “taking care of business” rhetoric as though slow and steady was going to win the race.

    Ugh. How about putting the pedal to the floor? How about beating bad teams badly? How about trouncing an inferior RIVAL opponent and playing to WIN? How about not giving unnecessary bulletin-board material to a depleted, loser team having a dumpster-fire season? How about not sending a Christmas gift to Baltimore while putting coal in every faithful Steeler fan’s stocking?

    I’ll say it again: Tomlin needs to answer for this loss personally. No canned responses. None of this “They made the significant plays; we didn’t” crap. Not “We’ll learn from this and move on,” “Such is life in the NFL” nonsense. Not this time. This was a total failure. A failure that may well cost the Steelers everything they’ve worked for—everything that Steeler Nation hoped for. And fans deserve more than old adages when we have been faithfully and patiently following all season.

    The Steelers faithful deserve an apology.

  • John A Stewart

    Bad coaching as well 1st and goal on 1 yard line and you go shotgun

  • John A Stewart

    Thanks

  • vasteeler

    I think any organization in the league would without any hesitation

  • John A Stewart

    Tomlin might be another George Siefert

  • treeher

    All I see Tomlin do on game day is cheerleading. Steelers don’t have cheerleaders.

  • John A Stewart

    He might be a good coach but not at this level everybody in the Steeler nation know Blake and Allen should not be in the field and Im not a coach.

  • alevin16

    I agree, that is one of the head scratchers that makes me wonder. I am just hoping that there is something they are seeing which we aren’t (but for the life of me I cannot imagine what), sort of like keeping Vick in and only taking him out after an injury.

  • cencalsteeler

    Well, if you get rid of Tomlin, you take him out of the equation as far as him having his input. We all know DB’s and the Tampa 2 are his specialties, so I guarantee you his hand is in the mix as to what we currently see on display now. During training camp, if you recall, he was coaching up the secondary quite a bit. He bought his time with LeBeau out of respect, and now this is his D. There is no more finger pointing to go around any more…..this is his cast. I knew we were in trouble in week 1 when you trott out a cast of defensive players who never played together in preseason. Players were bubblewrapped and Gronk and Brady and Bellichick pretty much embarrassed our staff and exposed how unprepared they were. Remember, week 1 counts, too. Tomlin seems to be on cruise control early on and trys to turn things up in the second half of the season. He backs the team in the corner and were forced with must win or another team needs a win for us to get in. Not a good approach, imo.

  • Steve Johnson

    I’ve never liked this Son-of? But you know, he can talk, his team was ready to play. Face it, the Ravens are a much better physical team than the Steelers. The Steelers Defense? A finess Defense, athletic N fast. Physical? That DL got bounced right off of the line of scrimmage probably about 85% of the snaps yesterday. A team takes on the personality of their Head Coach.

  • PaeperCup

    Maybe the reason they are 5-10 is because they prepared all season for the Steelers and chose not to focus on the other teams…I’m gonna keep telling myself that.

  • Dorian James

    This is the thing I hate most about Tomlin teams, they can’t beat bad teams. It’s got to be some sort of record to lose to soooooo many poor football teams.

  • Dorian James

    Can someone find out what Mike Tomlin’s record is against teams with under three wins

  • francesco

    Best way to answer back…get in the playoffs somehow…win the Super bowl and win next year the two games against the Ravens 40-0!
    That will shut up baby crying to the refs Harbagh

  • Steve Johnson

    C’Mon Man! No need to throw in Race. I agree that Tomlin does have many shortcomings, but let’s keep race clearly out of it.

  • Steve Johnson

    It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, race should be a non-factor, it’s completely irrelevant, we all know that he’s black.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Not even a little bit of a Harbaugh fan but he is a good coach and I agree with him. The Steelers came in expecting to win and I don’t blame them for that. All reasonable evidence suggests that would should crush the Ravens. You can’t not think that in this situation whether you are a player or a fan.

    They got more than they bargained for though.

  • Gilgalad

    That’s definitely true. I agree with still lit, in that Harbaugh is probably a better coach (not saying Tomlin’s bad). But man, Harbaugh seems like a jerk. I don’t know. Maybe I wouldn’t think so if he was our coach. Maybe I would.

  • Adam Stang

    Knee jerk reactions… It’s common after a loss like this. But come on. There is some just criticism for a coaching staff to go down twice to a team as bad as the 2015 Ravens. There is also a lot of just praise for a coaching staff who won games with Michael Vick and Landry Jones behind the wheel. Losing to sub .500 teams has proven to be an issue. But let’s step back and look at what Tomlin has accomplished this year as well.

    If anything, I feel like this trend is a player-mentality issue. You can’t convince me the coaches are approaching “trap” games any differently than others. Players need to show up.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yes. Arians is OK as an OC, but brilliant as a head coach. Who knew? The Steelers should have known. I love the way he handles things. You get every emotion from him, including confidence, but kindness as well. He inspires his players and coaches to do their best. Yet he is not at all arrogant towards others like some other donkey coaches nwe knew well. Arians is much better than I thought when he was nwith the Steelers.

  • Edo M

    How does Harbaugh know what the Steelers were ‘thinking’? he’s all knowing i guess.. what a load of arrogant crap from a coach w. no class who takes whining to the ultimate level. congrats on your version of the super bowl harbaugh by beating a horribly coached steelers team on sunday

  • RickM

    Total kudos for not letting your Steelers’ glasses cloud your thought process. You nailed your evaluation. He seems incredibly in-tune with what his team needs and he also has an excellent handle on personnel issues. I remember laughing when he said that he could win with Carson Palmer, and I couldn’t have been more wrong.

  • Steeler-Drew

    It would be nice if he said “I need to do a better job of preparing this team” but in his press conference he attributed the loss mainly to losing the turnover battle. I understand what you are saying and also agree but for a man who can never admit his mistakes publicly he is definitely not going to apologize.

  • steelburg

    What about him going out and getting Lamar Woodley did that help his roster? Truth is every coach has issues. Tomlin’s issues are more noticeable to all of use on this sight because we dame near follow his every move about football on and off the field. It’s like that because this sight informs us. If you were a Cardinals fan and the Steelers beat you earlier this year with the 3rd string QB you would have been saying the samething about Arians that you are saying about Tomlin now. If you go look at the schedule The Cardinals struggled this year with a few below average teams.

  • Steve

    Tomlin has lost to teams that are not very good. Noll didn’t have problems having his team ready for poor playing teams, but this is a trait of Tomlin’s that he needs to be addressed. Last year we lost to the Raiders that were terrible and the list goes on. After beating Cincy and Denver got to keep on a roll, which Tomlin cannot produce.

  • Steve

    Ravens scouted the Steelers and knew tendencys. Their coaches and scouts did a very good job. We were out coached, which Tomlin needs to rectify.

  • Steve

    Guess that’s why Arian’s came into Pittsburgh and got smoked this year 25-13. Remember all too often him being predictable on his play calling and little inovations. Did not like how the Rooney’s handled Arian’s departure but do not miss him as OC.

  • Steve

    Bill has no WR and still moves the ball. He will outcoach just about every HC in the NFL. Never have been a fan but do know great coaching when I see it. He bring up new coaches within yearly and don’t have to go out and get great coaches, he makes them.

  • Steve

    You are right all too often. Don’t see MT over with the coaches getting strategy’s or ideas to combat what is going on the field.

  • RASTA

    Of course…we would’ve friggin won the game if the Ravens had a winning record!!

    …but I am completely disgusted between the bottom feeders we lost to last year (bucs, jets ,saints, etc.), and the sh*tpile of teams we lost to this year as well….disgusted is all I can really say….no playoff wins for 5 years for the first time in my entire 45 year old life!?!….disgusted by the total look of incompetence against sub-300 teams time and time again…..I apologize for the mini-rant…Go Ryan!

    Go Steelers!

  • RASTA

    Aren’t Seattle and Carolina already in the playoffs? Thought so…so not really the same situation at all…nice try tho.

    Go Steelers!

  • justafanlikeyou

    Can’t stand Harbaugh. Unfortunately he’s right. The Steelers were not prepared to play Sunday