3 takeaways from the Ravens Week 12 win over the Cleveland Browns

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3. John Harbaugh is a Coach of the Year candidate

Are the Baltimore Ravens a great team? No, they are not. However, they are a good team that continues to find new ways to win games.

The saying “bad teams always find ways to lose” is well known throughout sports. However, the opposite can be true as well. In Week 12, the Ravens should’ve lost, but they persevered their way to victory.

Even with all the mistakes and injuries the Ravens have gone through, at the end of the day this team just figures out how to win ball games.

That is truly a testament to the team’s culture. Other teams across the league who have suffered the same injury bug as the Ravens aren’t doing as well.

John Harbaugh has full control of this locker room. Even when things look bad he makes sure that his players believe that they can still win.

Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in the league and players love to play for him. They tend to gravitate to his open honesty and aggressiveness.

However, ultimately it’s his belief in his players that separates Harbaugh from other coaches in the league. With the game on the line, he fully trusts Lamar Jackson and the offense to make winning plays.

Then, there’s Sunday night when he had full belief that his defense would stop Cleveland in its tracks on the final possession.

And finally, as a former special teams coordinator, of course he has ultimate faith in the greatest kicker of all-time in Justin Tucker.

However, in Week 3 against the Lions, not many coaches would’ve let Tucker attempt a 66-yarder to win the game.

With Lamar Jackson struggling right now, the Ravens have been in a ton of close ugly games. But the fact Harbaugh continues to emphasize his belief in his quarterback will help the former MVP to break out of his slump.

With all the adversity the Ravens have faced, they should be a losing team. However, John Harbaugh has done a fabulous job finding something new to motivate his team every week.

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This is one of his greatest coaching seasons and hopefully it ends with Harbaugh hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.