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Life returning to normal for Ravens coach John Harbaugh

By Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun Published: March 5, 2013

”Those speaking engagements, I can't get to them all, so I'm not doing them, only a few. I could do 300 of them. The book deals started coming in the day after we won. What have I really done? Plus, I don't want to be telling other people how we do stuff. If I do write a book, I want to do it well. I have too much other stuff to do right now, and I will do it, but I have to earn it.“

Harbaugh is still hot.

His college alma mater, Miami (Ohio), plans to build a full-size bronze statue of Harbaugh outside Yager Stadium. The statue of Harbaugh will join the existing Cradle of Coaches statues of Earl ”Red“ Blaik, Paul Brown, Carm Cozza, Paul Dietzel, Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, John Pont and Bo Schembechler.

Like the book deal, Harbaugh was uncomfortable with the statue but went along with it after two Miami officials persuaded him at the scouting combine in Indianapolis about a week ago.

”It's not the statue, but to be recognized with that group of coaches is really neat,“ Harbaugh said.

Everything seems to have settled down now. Harbaugh did get a chance to sneak off to New York for a few days with his family to watch ”Spider-Man“ and walk around Central Park. He has started reading two books and will start playing golf again soon.

But for now, he is back in his office watching film of college players and potential free agents. Harbaugh won't reveal much, but it's safe to say the Ravens want to patch up the middle of their run defense, so the priorities in the offseason are finding a defensive tackle and linebacker. They'll also be looking for a rookie safety and a couple of veterans to fill out the offensive line.

As for the 2013 message, Harbaugh already has one prepared.

”Here's my theory: It's not going to be as simple as ‘Put it away, it's behind us, we're moving on,'“ said Harbaugh of winning the championship. ”I don't think that is realistic or fair. We are the 2012 defending champion. That team will walk together forever. That is something we should hold on to. It was a great accomplishment, we gave 100 percent and that's how we did it.

“We should be 100 percent motivated going forward and 100 percent in trying to become the 2013 champion. There is no fine line, no balancing act. You can give 100 percent to your family, 100 percent to your job. You should give 100 percent to being the best father you can be, 100 percent to being the best coach you can be. That's the message, and now we just have to go back to work.”

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