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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think it's about respect as much as it is about trust. Trust is absolutely paramount in a top-down organization like this and you have to be able to trust that your lieutenants are going to be able committed to put the interests of the team ahead of their own if you're Harbaugh. Garrett has already given Ozzie and Bisciotti reason to believe they can't trust him, so it wouldn't be a surprise if they didn't want to deal with him again. Now, Garrett was looking out for himself when he leveraged our offer to get a raise from Jerry Jones, but that's the delicate balancing act that you have to play in any industry... you can't burn bridges with potential employers and not expect consequences.

None of us can really say for sure whether the Ravens would be inclined to give Garrett a shot, so this is all sort of just idle speculation. But I think it's important to recognize that this wouldn't come down to us being petty or sensitive. It's about preserving functionality. Now, it would be in Garrett's interest to perform well with us if he was our OC, obviously, but it's not crazy to think that there are ways in which the sort of behavior that led to him looking Ozzie and Bisciotti in the eye as they negotiated in good faith even though he knew he was wasting their time could be damaging in another role with this team. For example, you look at what led Billick to fire Jim Fassel as our offensive coordinator 6 years ago and you see some possible foreshadowing of issues that could arise if a guy like Garrett came in: Billick felt that Fassel was putting more time into networking around the league trying to get another head coaching job than he was into improving the Ravens offense, so he had to go. That's where the trust issue comes back into play. These are very real and legitimate factors to consider if Garrett becomes an offensive coordinator candidate this offseason. I don't think he should be eliminated off the bat, but at the same time, there will be good reason to consider his past dealings with this organization when considering his fit and role with the team.

And aside from all that, you'd have to wonder whether Garrett would even be willing to come here and work as an assistant for the Ravens after turning down the head coaching job years ago. Everyone has a different definition of pride, but I'd have to imagine that taking his cues from Harbaugh, a guy who he will see as the man who played 2nd fiddle to him when their collective higher-ups, Bisciotti and Ozzie and Cass, were initially evaluating head coaching candidates, might be a tough pill to swallow.
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