Harbaugh, Ravens staff to coach AFC in Pro Bowl


The Ravens will have an even larger representation at the Pro Bowl than their record-tying 12 players chosen to play in the game last month.
John Harbaugh and his staff will coach the AFC in Orlando on Jan. 26. This marks Harbaugh’s third time as a head coach in the Pro Bowl with the previous times coming after the 2008 and 2014 seasons.
The 12th-year Baltimore coach will have a very familiar roster with quarterback Lamar Jackson, running back Mark Ingram, tight end Mark Andrews, offensive linemen Ronnie Stanley and Marshal Yanda, cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey, safety Earl Thomas, outside linebacker Matthew Judon, fullback Patrick Ricard, kicker Justin Tucker, and long snapper Morgan Cox all scheduled to represent the Ravens. However, it’s not confirmed whether all 12 will indeed play against an NFC squad that will be led by Seattle head coach Pete Carroll.
It’s not the game in which the Ravens hoped to play after the divisional-round loss to Tennessee ended their Super Bowl aspirations, but the forum does provide an opportunity for Harbaugh and his staff to interact with standout players who may become available in the future. In his first Pro Bowl as a return specialist for Carolina after the 2001 season, Steve Smith first met Harbaugh, who was part of Andy Reid’s Philadelphia staff coaching the NFC. The two hit it off, which helped with Smith’s decision to sign with the Ravens in 2014.
Harbaugh is scheduled to hold his season-ending press conference on Friday morning.