The fan’s reaction to John Harbaugh’s coaching this season has surprised me. In fact, it seems like a complete 180 from the excuses I’m used to hearing about the Baltimore Ravens underperforming.
Tuesday, I posted that Harbaugh may be on the hot seat and the reaction both here on BSR and in the Twitterverse was certainly different than thoughts I heard about the Ravens’ head coach a year ago. Still, there were folks out there pointing to five straight postseason appearances and dropped passes/missed field goals in lost year’s AFC Championship game.
This divide got me thinking. Which Ravens head coach was truly better, John Harbaugh or Brian Billick?
John Harbaugh has a career 53-24 record during his 4+ seasons with the Ravens. His teams have finished 12-4 twice and have appeared in the postseason every year he’s worn the headset. With a win on Sunday, he’ll extend that streak.
The Ravens have won three division titles under Harbs and have gone 5-4 in the postseason.
Brian Billick coached the Ravens from 1999-2007. His career record in nine seasons with Baltimore is 80-64 and he has a 5-4 postseason record with two division titles, one conference championship and, of course, a victory in Super Bowl XXXV. The Ravens went to the postseason in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006 under Billick and finished 13-3 in ’06 before falling to the Colts in the postseason.
So who’s the better coach? I guess it depends on who you define success. In my mind, until John Harbaugh hoists the Lombardi Trophy he’ll always be behind Billick. Although, I can’t sit here and tell you I think Trent Dilfer is a better quarterback than Dan Marino.
I think Billick did more with less, while Harbaugh has yet to take a Super Bowl caliber team to the promised land. I also believe that Billick was a more involved coach — whether that be for better or for worse.
So there it is. Weigh in on the poll below and leave your comments.