John, 50, took over a stronger situation in Baltimore than Jim did in San Francisco. The Ravens did win a Super Bowl under Brian Billick, though it was a while ago (after the 2000 season). Billick was let go after a 5-11 year in 2007. The Ravens gave Harbaugh his first chance at being a head coach and all he’s done is win at least 10 games in four of his first five seasons. He’s made the playoffs every year. He has a 54-26 regular-season record and an 8-4 record in the playoffs.
That five-season playoff streak is the longest for all NFL teams, though the Patriots did go 11-5 the last time they did not make the playoffs in 2008.
In the next nine days, you’ll learn more about the Harbaughs and their family and their upbringing than you’ll ever want to know. You will hear more than one corny prediction where someone says, “All I know is a Harbaugh will win the Super Bowl.”
Get used to it. And don’t worry about memorizing it. Chances are you’ll hear it again every few years. These guys are good, and they’re not going away.
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Washington Times sports editor Mike Harris has more than 30 years experience in the business as a reporter, columnist and manager. He’s covered a wide variety of events including two Olympics, horse racing, auto racing, professional and college sports. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow the section on Twitter @WashTimesSports.
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