John Harbaugh on Monday boasted that he was happy that defensive tackle Haloti Ngata broke Ben Roethlisberger's nose on an uncalled cheap shot in the Ravens loss in Baltimore in December. Shock of shocks considering how much Ray Lewis bragged when Rashard Mendenhall got hurt in 2008.
Harbaugh at least qualified his statement by saying he was impressed that Roethlisberger played through the pain. That's nice and all, but it still doesn't take away from the fact that Harbaugh is praising an injury.
I get that the underlying message is that Harbaugh is pleased that his team was able to rough up the opposing quarterback, something any coach wants, but you don't cheer for injuries, even if the player is able to compete through them. And wasn't Harbaugh getting on his high horse just a few months back about how his players hit "the right way." That's far worse than the James Harrison comment earlier in the season that he tries to hurt people, but not injure them. Of course, the media leapt all over Harrison's statement since he was the new villain in the head shots freakout. Harbaugh's careless words will probably be mostly ignored.
When Willis McGahee got knocked out by Ryan Clark in the 2008 AFC Championship, did Clark dance around and brag to the media about the hit? Nope. Has Hines ever crowed publicly about doing the same to Ed Reed? Not so much. But the always posturing Ravens will never stop pathetically trying to prove to everyone how tough they are. Too bad it always seems to come in losing efforts.