The Baltimore Ravens are the defending Super Bowl champions, but this is clearly a different team than the one that paraded through Baltimore as World Champions. Face of the franchise Ray Lewis retired, Ed Reed is in Houston, Dannell Ellerbe is in Miami, Anquan Boldin was traded to San Francisco.
But the media around still seems focused on repeating as Super Bowl champions. Head coach John Harbaugh thinks they should ‘get over it.’
“The only reason it’s hard (is) because people associated with the team can’t block it out,” Harbaugh told Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. “I would say to the media, ‘Just get over it.’ Life moves quickly. I think all of us are capable of doing more than one thing at once. It’s not like we have to forget the Super Bowl in order to move onto the next season. We’re capable of being proud of the accomplishment and moving on to the next thing. It’s not an either/or proposition. It seems like a pretty simple concept.”
When the Ravens secure their position in the hunt for another Super Bowl week is when it’d be appropriate to talk about.
“It’s not a relevant point, and it won’t be until the week of the Super Bowl if we’re in the game,” Harbaugh said. “Until that time, it’s a pointless conversation because we’re not playing the Super Bowl. We’re playing Tampa Bay in the preseason opener. So you could make it an issue if you want, but it’s not, and just because (the media) makes it an issue doesn’t mean we need to. We didn’t figure this out because we won a Super Bowl, how we’re going to approach it. That’s how we’ve approached it all along.”