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.