Last night’s season ticket holder conference call with Steve Bisciotti included several nuggets of useful information, including a playful jab at the Haloti Ngata negotiations (“I’m having a hard time giving away $60 million”) and a bet that the Ravens will host a Monday Night Football game in 2012.
Unfortunately, Bisciotti also had to address some clown-in-purple who had the audacity to question (again, for probably about the 45th time) why the owner and his staff hired John Harbaugh instead of Rex Ryan.
What the hell is wrong with you people?
Have you watched the games over the last three years?
John Harbaugh showed up in 2008. The team went to the AFC Championship Game and if not for some goof hitting a Steelers coverage man 5 yards out of bounds, Baltimore might have gone to the Super Bowl in Harbaugh’s rookie season. In 2009, the Ravens again made the post-season and won their playoff opener before falling in Indianapolis. And then last year it was once again a playoff loss in Pittsburgh – after an ass kicking of the Chiefs in Kansas City the week before – that ended Baltimore’s season.
Memo to those of you who don’t really know football: Three playoff appearances in three years=pretty freakin’ good.
Oh, yeah, one more thing for the great unwashed to ponder. Let’s do it Jeopardy! style. Answer: They’re the only team in the NFL to have won a post-season game in each of the last three seasons. Question: Who are the Baltimore Ravens?
Bisciotti deserves applause for not calling that clown out last night.
“Mr. Bisciotti, can you explain once again why you hired John Harbaugh instead of Rex Ryan?”
Answer: “Sure, that’s easy. Rex is a good football man. But we were worried that at the worst possible moment, he’d refer to Hines Ward as a fairy or make some sort of stupid comment about Tom Brady being over-rated the week of the AFC Championship Game…so we went with the guy we trust, the guy we think will just coach our football team and not turn the organization into a daily soap opera called “How can the coach f**k up our team today?”
That’s what the owner SHOULD have said.
Instead, Bisciotti actually played along with the buffoon who asked the question and spent a few minutes explaining how they (the staffers involved in the hiring) just felt like “chemistry” was what separated Harbaugh from Ryan.
Rex Ryan did a good job in Baltimore when he was part of the coaching staff.
Had he NOT thrown Brian Billick under the bus (to Bisciotti, among others) during the final month of Billick’s tenure in 2007, perhaps the club would have thought more highly of Ryan during the hiring process in January of 2008.
But that’s a story for another day.
Yesterday’s story was about a fan who hasn’t paid much attention for the last three years.
The Ravens hired the right guy in 2008.
And if you don’t know that, you’re not really paying much attention.
Steve Bisciotti would like to tell you that himself, but he can’t, because he doesn’t want to hurt your feelings.
So I’ll do it for them.