OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh deferred to the Super Bowl-winning coach up north on Thursday when he was asked about the outside perception that a team faces more pressure when it fails to reach the playoffs in consecutive seasons.
"Look at what Coach [Bill] Belichick said," Harbaugh said. "That's my answer because it was spot on."
On Wednesday, Belichick gave a lengthy answer, especially by his standards, on how there is constant pressure in the NFL.
“If you’re looking for vacation weeks and weeks off where we play some Division 4 team, you know, that doesn’t happen in this league," Belichick said. "There’s stress every week."
Ravens players have been getting asked about whether there is increased pressure entering this season as Baltimore has missed the postseason in three of the past four seasons since winning the Super Bowl after the 2012 season. The last time the Ravens had a winning record was 2014.
Harbaugh, though, remains one of the most successful coaches in the NFL. He is the sixth winningest active coach (95-64 record) and has the second-highest winning percentage in the playoffs among active coaches (.667), only behind Belichick.
"I've had urgency since I was a little kid," Harbaugh said. "I would say that about all of our players and all of our coaches. You have a sense of urgency about everything you do every single day. If I was going to school and I decided I wanted to get a good grade, I was working on it. If I decided I wanted to make the basketball team, I was working at it. If you want to be good at anything or great at anything, you'd better be working at it no matter what you do."
The Ravens are one of seven teams with at least six playoff berths in the past nine seasons. But Baltimore is among the 14 teams to miss the playoffs the last two years.
"Maybe the outside world looks at it differently than what NFL players and coaches do," Harbaugh said. "But I highly doubt that. I think most successful people understand that you'd better be urgent every single day about what you do."
Harbaugh could also soon use another Belichick line: "On to Cincinnati." The Ravens open the regular season on Sept. 10 on the road against the Bengals.