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Two teams covet John Harbaugh, but won’t get him

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The Ravens had a tough year, missing the playoffs and generally falling apart under a mountain of injuries. But there’s a small consolation for the team’s head coach.

At least two teams looking for new coaches would love to be able to hire John Harbaugh.

As previously reported by Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, the Eagles are one. The other isn’t specifically known, yet.

(The 49ers probably won’t be the other team.)

Technically, any team can call the Ravens and inquire about the possibility of hiring Harbaugh. The Ravens likely would laugh, utter a few curse words, and slam the phone down, probably in that order. But the prospective employer could, in theory, offer a mountain of picks — enough to at least get Baltimore’s attention.

The only problem with that approach is that, if the new team works out a deal with the Ravens on compensation, the new team would have to persuade Harbaugh to work for a franchise that has mortgaged its future in order to hire its chosen coach.

It would be a shock if anyone even tries to get Harbaugh, and a bigger shock if the Ravens let him go. But as Wednesday night’s surprise firing of Lovie Smith reconfirms, anything can happen in the NFL. Every once in a while, anything does.

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37 Responses to “Two teams covet John Harbaugh, but won’t get him”
  1. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 7, 2016 7:12 PM

    The other is my Green Bay Packers. We don’t like Mike.

  2. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 7, 2016 7:13 PM

    Green Bay boos Mike McCarthy and would cheer for John Harbaugh.

  3. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 7, 2016 7:15 PM

    I’ll bet John could get us to score more than 13 points and be better than second in our division.

  4. sasattack says: Jan 7, 2016 7:15 PM

    1 big difference, Harbaugh, although a whiner, is a great coach! A Pit fan

  5. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 7, 2016 7:17 PM

    Green Bay covets Harbaugh. The Ravens are just a much better organization than we are and play in a better city with better people.

  6. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 7, 2016 7:21 PM

    Being in second place sucks. John would change that. Mike accepts that his team is second place material. I guess we’ll get used to it. We live in Wisconsin.

  7. johnodocks says: Jan 7, 2016 7:21 PM

    We also know the other team isn’t the Patriots because they know he doesn’t know the rule book well enough.

  8. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 7, 2016 7:25 PM

    We should hire Lovie Smith if we can’t get Harbaugh. Yeah, Lovie.

  9. mcjon22 says: Jan 7, 2016 7:28 PM

    The Other team was probably Miami, since striking out on Jim Harbaugh wasn’t enough for Mr. Ross

  10. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 7, 2016 7:29 PM

    Would the Ravens trade McCarthy for Harbaugh? We’d throw in Aaron. He’s on the decline, too.

  11. genericnflfan says: Jan 7, 2016 7:47 PM

    does he know the rulebook yet?

  12. jim699 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:11 PM

    As a Steeler fan, I would trade Tomlin and draft picks for Harbaugh. I know that the reason the Ravens keep beating us isn’t because they have a talented team.

  13. babygaga19 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:11 PM

    Is Harbaugh elite?

  14. ctownsend2012 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:11 PM

    sattack says:
    Jan 7, 2016 7:15 PM
    1 big difference, Harbaugh, although a whiner, is a great coach! A Pit fan
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    You are spot on about the whinny part. Though you should know your own coach doesn’t shy away from excuse making.

  15. tomtravis76 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:22 PM

    Harbaugh is setting himself up to be a Baltimore legend. He is not going anywhere.

    Leave a stable organization for one that fires a coach and gm every 3 years? Or work with a GM who drafts Hall of Famers, and an owner who lets the football people do their job and put a contender on the field each season.

  16. jag1959 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:26 PM

    Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Jan 7, 2016 7:21 PM

    Being in second place sucks. John would change that. Mike accepts that his team is second place material. I guess we’ll get used to it. We live in Wisconsin.
    _____________________

    And yet intelligent well thought out posts sometimes have to be resubmitted half a dozen times to stand a chance at ever being seen here

  17. mmmpierogi says: Jan 7, 2016 8:33 PM

    Ravens were nowhere sniffing the playoffs this year, sneaked in last year on a wild card slot, and didn’t make it the year before (which was kind of a nosedive after winning the SB). Definitely can’t put that all on Harbaugh (injuries playing a role this year), but seems like kind of odd timing for talk to come up about other teams coveting him.

  18. ez0682 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:39 PM

    No worries my eagles ravens are gonna be even worse next year an for a long time. John will be available next season

  19. alliwantisluv says: Jan 7, 2016 8:52 PM

    Here’s one G B fan that does not covet Harbaugh.

  20. eljefedelmundo says: Jan 7, 2016 8:59 PM

    Sean Payton part 2…

  21. spartan01 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:15 PM

    Colts just raided the linebackers coach for a DC job. Other stories had the assistant GM, DeCosta, up for GM jobs which he declined. In this post we have people wanting Harbaugh.

    Does this sound like a team that is 5-11? No. Ravens will be back with a passion and something to prove next year.

  22. cross300 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:17 PM

    King of the whinest coaches in the leage. His brother Jim is twice the coach that he is. Keep stealing all that money from Baltimore like Flacco.

  23. camdenyard says: Jan 7, 2016 9:17 PM

    Harbs is a great coach. The fact that he got a team with 20 on IR to compete with such passion…look at the number of games that were decided with 8 points or less.

    Bisciotti is a sharp man and understands what his coach brings to the table. He’s not going anywhere.

  24. pastanow says: Jan 7, 2016 9:28 PM

    This post sponsored by Harbaugh’s agent.

  25. krismn22 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:41 PM

    Damn…Green Bay doesn’t win ONE division title and the fans are ready to crucify McCarthy. R-E-L-A-X dudes

  26. ravenmuscle says: Jan 7, 2016 10:08 PM

    Why would Harbaugh leave to coach a cesspool team like the Patriots or Steelers?

  27. tonebones says: Jan 7, 2016 10:49 PM

    Whatever I’d trade for John, I’d double that for Jim.

  28. ohand16 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:22 PM

    Steelers covet him. Of course the bar is set pretty low with Tomlin.

  29. jordiway73 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:58 PM

    The other team is the Lions Calvin for Harbaugh

  30. ravensrooster94 says: Jan 8, 2016 12:54 AM

    Pure speculation. Steve Bisciotti was asked today at the Ravens presser if anyone, specifically the Eagles, inquired as to Harbaugh’s availability. He said no.

    As others have pointed out, those clubs looking to replace head coaches and GMs are doing it because they lack the one thing the Ravens and teams like the Steelers and Patriots have: management continuity.

  31. mmmpierogi says: Jan 8, 2016 9:02 AM

    mmmpierogi says:
    Jan 7, 2016 8:33 PM
    Ravens were nowhere sniffing the playoffs this year, sneaked in last year on a wild card slot, and didn’t make it the year before (which was kind of a nosedive after winning the SB). Definitely can’t put that all on Harbaugh (injuries playing a role this year), but seems like kind of odd timing for talk to come up about other teams coveting him.

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    9 upvotes and 28 downvotes on something stated that is readily observable and wasn’t meant to be be a dig at the Ravens or Harbaugh.

    Except under pretty extraordinary circumstances, it would be a little strange for a coach of any team that has been mediocre for three years straight (not just Baltimore) to be described as “coveted” in the media. That’s not saying that Harbaugh is a poor coach or the Ravens will never be competitive again — just that the timing is strange — so not sure what there is to argue with. Go back to downvoting, though, homers.

  32. spartan01 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:35 AM

    “it would be a little strange for a coach of any team that has been mediocre for three years straight (not just Baltimore) to be described as “coveted” in the media.”

    You are getting down voted because your bias is showing through. First, they weren’t “mediocre” when they spanked the Steelers in that wild card round and put up a hell of a fight against the Patriots. That was one year ago. Unless you weren’t reading most people largely regarded that game as the real AFCC.

    Second, it is Harbaugh’s body of work both in Philly and Baltimore that teams are looking at not, just selectively a few years. Speaking of this year the media applauded him for taking a team that was done and kept them fighting.

    Don’t try to act the victim when people disagree with your assessment.

  33. jim699 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:52 AM

    It’s no coincidence that the only time the Ravens went to the playoffs in the last 3 years was when the AFC North sent three teams because they got to play the AFC South and the NFC South. Even the Browns went 7-9 that season.

    Then they went and blew a 4 td lead in the playoffs and lost a lot of players in the off-season. Sorry, but they were a mediocre team even before all the injuries this season.

  34. ravensroostoftexas says: Jan 8, 2016 11:01 AM

    He’s going nowhere. Just like DeCosta, Oz, Suggs, Flacco & all the other stable pieces on the team & in the offices. This is why they are successful, just like NE, PIT, GB & a few others.

  35. hendawg21 says: Jan 8, 2016 12:06 PM

    Just like Jon Gruden, John Harbaugh was handed a very talented and ready to win team, kind of hard to screw that up, that being said, I’d prefer a coach who’s willing to take a team that’s building and see what he can do with little talent.

    A good example may just be the other Gruden, he was handed a mess, and has injuries, benched the so called franchise QB and has made the team actually better…with the addition of more talent he and his team could prove to be dangerous over the next couple of years…

  36. spartan01 says: Jan 8, 2016 2:52 PM

    jim699 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:52 AM

    Then they went and blew a 4 td lead in the playoffs and lost a lot of players in the off-season. Sorry, but they were a mediocre team even before all the injuries this season.

    ~~~~

    You should get a job as a football analyst. At the beginning of this season real football analysts thought differently. You could make a real name for yourself having a different opinion than…well…everybody.

  37. mmmpierogi says: Jan 8, 2016 3:01 PM

    spartan01 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:35 AM

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    Given the tendency of the NFL to be results driven, nearsighted, and inpatient (not endorsing those traits), three years of time isn’t insignificant. The year the Ravens won the SB, I’d expect other teams to “covet” Harbaugh because of proximity to success, as well as his accomplishments. Three years later and nothing to show since, how do you not think it seems like odd timing? (aside from the firing of Kelly in Philly and their interest due to history with Harbaugh)

    You talk about looking at a body of work, and your argument is a win over the Steelers and a loss to the Pats — that’s pretty convincing. Going back to the SB year, a span of time that covers half of Harbaugh’s total HC tenure (to speak of a body of work), the Ravens are marginally above .500 (33-31) during the regular season. A trend that long in that direction doesn’t seem to warrant being “coveted” to me — then again, maybe I’m just getting tripped up over the hyperbole of the term.

    As for bias, I’d say (or at least think) the same thing about Mike Tomlin under comparable circumstances even though I fully respect him as a coach, just as I do Harbaugh. In some ways, it’s not even a criticism of the coach (or the team); more the timing. Take off the fanboy blinders and don’t read into it so much.

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