Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that “pressure is mounting” inside the Ravens’ organization on HC John Harbaugh, who is likely in a “playoffs or bust” year.
Rapoport says that a midseason coaching change isn’t the expectation for the Ravens. However, he adds that it can’t be ruled out either, as a bad loss to the Steelers could force the team to consider making a change as the team heads into the bye week.
According to Rapoport, some members of the Ravens still have strong feelings for Harbaugh, but they’re also well aware of the fact that the team hasn’t made the playoffs since 2014.
Another factor complicating the situation is that they’re transitioning to a new GM in Eric DeCosta, who didn’t hire Harbaugh.
Harbaugh was given a one-year extension that keeps him under team control through the 2019 season, but this was to prevent him from being a lame-duck coach.
Harbaugh, 56, began his NFL coaching career with the Eagles in 1998 as their special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach. He spent 10 years in Philadelphia before he was hired as the Ravens’ head coach in 2008.
During his nine years with the team, Harbaugh has led them to a record of 98-70 (58.3 percent), which includes six playoff appearances and one Super Bowl championship in 2012.
We’ll have more regarding Harbaugh as the news is available.