Nobody is asking John Harbaugh about a Super Bowl hangover this offseason. Instead, people are asking Harbaugh if the Ravens can bounce back from an 8-8 season. Whenever someone mentions 8-8, Harbaugh wants his players to take offense.
“To me, (the media) just keep hammering it, keep hammering it – it’s good for us to hear it,” Harbaugh said. “Keep beating the crap out of us with it. It’s good for us. It’s OK. It motivates us.”
Nobody has to remind defensive end Chris Canty how disappointing 2013 was. Canty won a Super Bowl with the Giants, and thought the Ravens had a chance to repeat as champs when he signed as a free agent last year.
“8-8 is the worst season that I’ve had as a professional in the National Football League in 10 years,” Canty said.
When guard Marshal Yanda hears “8-8”, he takes the selective memory approach.
“Last year is done and over with,” Yanda said. “Two years ago was the Super Bowl. Last year we didn’t do as well, but either way we’re moving on. We’re looking forward to this year and just getting it right this year. No doubt about it.”
The Ravens have a month before training camp to recharge both mentally and physically. But whenever the Ravens hear “8-8”, Harbaugh hopes it keeps them from getting complacent.