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Ravens: McGahee pops off

willisap.jpgJust when you thought that everyone in the Ravens locker room had bought into the John Harbaugh era, running back Willis McGahee (left) went on Sporting News Radio yesterday and blamed his uneven performance this year on everyone but himself.

When he was asked on The Monty Show why he hasn't been able to replicate last year's performance, he explained that "I tried to be someone else's running back this year and it didn't work out."

Apparently, he reluctantly changed his style and his offseason weight regimen to conform to Harbaugh's program, and now feels that's the root of his injury issues and his inconsistency.

"I didn't want to change it,'' he said during the radio interview, "but when you have a new coach and they've got a perception of you, you've got to try and change to stay on the good side of them."

Sorry, but that opinion would carry a whole lot more weight with me if Willis had felt the same pressure to show up at more of the voluntary OTAs. Here's one more McGahee comment from that radio show that should tell you all you really need to know:

"I don't know what this offseason is going to bring. It's been a crazy year for me with the talks of me not being there next year but regardless, I'm just going to go out there and play for me ... I can't play for nobody else but me."

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