It is back to work for the Ravens' Harbaugh

Thu Feb 7, 2013 5:55pm EST
 
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By Steve Ginsburg

OWINGS MILLS, Maryland (Reuters) - Just days after winning the Super Bowl and being hailed as a hero by several hundred thousand fans, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is already preparing for next season.

"We talk to our team about, 'We've got to improve,'" Harbaugh told reporters on Thursday. "We have to get better next year as a football team, just like we always do.

"That's going to be our goal. (Guard) Jah Reid's in the weight room right now lifting as we speak, so that's what we're going to be about going forward."

Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome and team owner Steve Bisciotti, though still euphoric over Sunday's 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, are formulating a gameplan to sign their key free agents.

Six starters, including Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and starting outside linebacker Paul Kruger are eligible to flee to the highest bidder.

The top priority will be keeping Flacco, the soft-spoken quarterback who threw for 11 touchdowns and no interceptions during the Ravens' improbable postseason run.

He emphatically silenced his critics who said he was not demonstrative enough to be an effective leader.

Bisciotti compared Flacco to another reserved quarterback, Eli Manning of the New York Giants, who has won more Super Bowls than his more effusive brother Peyton.   Continued...

 
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (L) celebrates as team owner Steve Bisciotti holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman