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Conversely, the same could be said about the Ravens. Harbaugh, hired as Baltimore’s head coach in 2008, is just as familiar with Pagano and Arians as those two are with him.

“It’s a two-way street,” Harbaugh said.

Advantage or not, the dynamic of Pagano being back in Baltimore is a compelling storyline, especially considering Baltimore fans loathe the Colts. The hatred stems from the Colts organization leaving Baltimore for Indianapolis in the middle of the night of March 28, 1984.

Though the city still has disdain for the Colts, there’s much respect for Pagano from players and fans. Ravens safety Ed Reed thinks of Pagano as more than a coach. In addition to playing under him for four years in Baltimore, Pagano was his defensive backs coach in college at the University of Miami. The two had a bond in Baltimore, which allowed Reed to be an extension of Pagano on the football field.

“He’s like a dad to me,” Reed said. “That’s family, which is first before football.”