It’s not often that you hear someone not give Ravens head coach John Harbaugh rave reviews. NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal Power Ranked all 32 NFL head coaches as gave Harbaugh a meh review.
“Harbaugh is an effective coach that inherited a great situation,” Rosenthal writes. “He fits the Baltimore Ravens well.” Harbaugh ranked in the “middle of the pack” category with Mike Smith, Jeff Fisher, Gary Kubiak, Lovie Smith, Marvin Lewis, Pete Carroll and Ken Whisenhunt.
Some notable coaches that Rosenthal ranked above Harbaugh are Rex Ryan and Jim Schwartz (“knocking on the door” category) as well as Mike Tomlin and John’s brother Jim Harbaugh (“top shelf” category).
John Harbaugh is a career 44-20 in his four seasons with the Ravens with a 5-4 postseason record. His Ravens have lost two AFC Championship games and won 12 regular season games in back-to-back years. It is tough to argue Rosenthal’s point that Harbaugh “inherited a great situation.”
Even as a Ravens fan, I tend to think he’s spot on with his analysis as I see Harbaugh as more of a game manager and motivator than a hands-on coach. He’s not calling plays on offense, his clock management hasn’t been the best (just ask Billy Cundiff) and like most coaches his challenges have often been questioned. I’m sure Baltimore will still be upset at Rosenthal’s thoughts though.