Baltimore Ravens aim to keep their players in the bedroom.
BALTIMORE—The Ravens are pushing so hard to get over their recent Super Bowl hump that they are looking at how they can get better from every angle.
If leaving no stone unturned means making sure players spend enough time in the bedroom, then they will go that far.
According to their website, the team is crunching some serious numbers to find the perfect formula on how they can keep their guys well-rested.
“The Ravens are examining sleep patterns this offseason, looking to see if they can adjust their schedule during the regular season to maximize the rest players get. “
“We’re turning over every stone, looking at everything in our program, to find any way to get better,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said.
“To ensure players are getting the proper rest they need, the Ravens are looking into adjusting their weekly schedule, including morning start times, off days and overall timetables for West Coast trips.”
“Currently, the Ravens leave on Friday afternoons when playing a Sunday game on the West Coast. Flying out two days in advance gives the players an opportunity to adjust to the new time zone. For games in the Eastern time zone, the team leaves just one day early.”
“In addition to flying out West a day early, the team is also considering getting the players gradually acclimated to the time change. For example, they could start Wednesday morning meetings at 8:15, Thursday at 9:15 and then Friday at 10:15, slowly changing the players’ schedules so that they’re on West Coast time when they leave on Friday.”
“The other possibility is changing the team’s off day from Tuesday to Monday. Most teams in the NFL have Tuesdays off and start the practice week on Wednesdays, but Harbaugh said that he’s talking with veteran players and meeting with the medical staff to see if it would make sense to take Monday off and begin the practice week on Tuesday.”
The message is that the Ravens are going all-out to be successful. In sending that message, let’s hope that they don’t help other rivals solve their travel fatigue issues in the process.