Wake-up caw: Harbaugh tours Middle East

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is making his second trip to the Middle East just days after winning the NFL's Salute to Service award, according to the team's official website. The week-long visit will take him to Turkey and Afghanistan.

On Thursday, Harbaugh stopped at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, where service members asked him about past and current players as well as the upcoming season.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to have Harbaugh here,” Bryant Brown, a U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant, told the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System. “I have been a Ravens fan since I was a little kid, and they brought the franchise to Baltimore.”

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  • The University of Pittsburgh's Bobby Engram has been hired as the Ravens' wide receivers coach, the CoachingSearch.com reported. He is the second college assistant to go to the Ravens in the past two days, joining Wisconsin running back coach Thomas Hammock. This would likely finalize Harbaugh's staff for the 2014 season.

  • Former Ravens tight ends coach Wade Harman will join the Atlanta Falcons as an assistant offensive line coach, according to CoachingSearch.com. Harman was with the Ravens for 15 seasons and is the only coach in franchise history to be on both Super Bowl teams. He reunites with Falcons coach Mike Smith, who coached with the Ravens from 1999 to 2002.

  • The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel takes an interesting look where some current Ravens ranked coming out of high school. For the record, Flacco was a three-star prospect in 2003, according to Rivals.com. He was the 39th-ranked quarterback behind the likes of Chris Leak, Dennis Dixon and JaMarcus Russell.