Ravens Hire John Harbaugh as Head Coach

John Harbaugh (si.com)

Eagles secondary coach John Harbaugh was named head coach of the Baltimore Ravens Friday. Harbaugh becomes the third coach in Ravens history.

Harbaugh had been with the Eagles since 1998, when he became Philadelphia’s special teams coordinator. Prior to joining the Eagles, the 45-year-old Harbaugh held various positions at the collegiate level, with stops at Indiana, Cincinnati, Morehead State, Pittsburgh, Western Michigan and Miami (Ohio).

“I couldn’t be happier for John and his entire family,” said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. “He has worked very hard to become a head coach in the National Football League. I know how much this means to him. He is very deserving of this opportunity and we will miss him in Philadelphia. John is a good friend, a great coach, and he has played a vital role in the success we have shared here. I wish him all the best in Baltimore.”

During his time as special teams coordinator, Harbaugh’s units were consistently among the best in the NFL. Harbaugh was chosen as the league’s special teams coach of the year in 2001 by a vote of his peers, and three of his assistants — Rory Segrest (Philadelphia), Dave Toub (Chicago) and Ted Daisher (Oakland and Cleveland) — have gone on to earn special teams coordinator jobs in the NFL.

Before the 2007 seaon, Harbaugh made the move from special teams to the secondary with an eye toward becoming a head coach. He joins Minnesota’s Brad Childress as the second former Andy Reid assistant to take a head coaching position in the league.

For more coverage of Harbaugh’s hiring, visit The Ebony Bird.

I am really glad that Harbaugh got the job. The Eagles will really miss him on Special Teams. I wish him the best of luck in Baltimore.

>>Harbaugh Named Ravens Head Coach (PhiladelphiaEagles.com)

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  • http://thelandryhat.com thelandryhat

    They hired who? Who the hell is this guy? Oh man.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    John Harbaugh brother of Jim(NFL QB). He has been the Eagles Special Teams coach for years, and a damn good one. To get a better chance at a head coaching job, he switched to the secondary coach last year.

    He is a big time motivator, and very well respected by his players. Baltimore’s first choice was Jason Garrett. Harbaugh was their next guy.

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    Big time motivator? If he’s so good, why hasn’t he ever been promoted to offensive coordinator before now? I’d be very surprised if he lasts more than two years with the Ravens. I could be wrong and I don’t know much about him, but nobody’s really been able to explain why he’s so good and yet has such a skimpy resume.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    You should have just wrote, ‘I don’t know much about him’.

    He is a defensive guy first off, so he would not be hired as an offensive coordinator. The reason that he has never gotten a big chance, is because he was a Special Teams Coach for all of his coaching career until this past year.

    The Eagles made him their secondary coach. The reason behind this move? You do not get head coaching jobs from being a Special Teams Coach. So in order to get John that chance they made that change, and it worked. He came in 2nd for the UCLA job, and 2nd for the Ravens job(his job once Jason Garret stayed in Dallas).

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    You should have just wrote "The reason he has never gotten a big chance is because he was never hired for anything better."  He has a burning desire to be a head coach but he stayed as special teams coach for so long.  Why exactly?  And if he’s so special, why was he only hired to be secondary coach? Why wasn’t anyone looking athim for defensive coordinator then?  For that matter, why the hell are the Ravens getting a defensive guy? Their problems historically have been on offense. I understand that there’s something people see in him, I just don’t get what it is.  WHY did UCLA look at him for the job? WHY do the Ravens like him? The only thing I’ve read so far is "He’s a big time motivator." 

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian
  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    That was actually an interesting article. Thank you. I still say he’s going to have a tough road ahead of him.  The Ravens are aging and their veterans aren’t going to like his boot camp style of coaching.  But I’ll try to keep an open mind and I’ll give you mad props if he works out.

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