A recent NFL.com article revealed the latest NFL coach power rankings, and the Raven’s very own John Harbaugh came in at number 4. Harbs finishes directly behind his brother Jim at number 3, Sean Payton at number 2, and Bill Belichick who is bestowed with the title of best coach in the NFL.
We get Belichick, who has three Super Bowl rings as a head coach and two as a coordinator. Heck, the Patriots have made the playoffs 11 out of 14 years with the hooded one leading the ship. Payton is a brilliant head coach in his own right and led the Saints to their only Super Bowl victory in team history. The absence of his leadership was on vivid display during his suspension in 2012.
Ranking Jim above John is tough, especially when John has accomplished something that Jim has not – winning a Super Bowl. No doubt both are among the very best coaches in the NFL, but we would almost have to give the nod to John even though Jim has led the 49ers to three straight NFC championship games.
Jim does deserve a lot of credit for immediately turning around a team that was in the gutter when he took over in 2011. That season was the first year the team had finished above .500 since 2002, and they were within a field goal in overtime of going to the Super Bowl that year. Jim hasn’t lost more than four games in a season since taking over, with an overall record of 36-11 in three seasons (.766) with a 5-3 record in the playoffs (.525).
John took over for the Ravens following the team’s first round playoff exit in 2006 and 5-11 season in 2007. Harbs, like his brother, made an immediate impact and led the team to an 11-5 record and the NFC championship game with rookie quarterback Joe Flacco at the helm. John has a career record of 62-34 in six seasons (.646) and is 13-9 in the playoffs (.692).
So while Jim has been better in the regular season, John has been better in the postseason. Choosing one Harbaugh brother over the other is a daunting task and any NFL team would be fortunate to have a coach of their caliber. Both have maintained consistent success in their respective head coaching careers in a sport where teams are not consistent.
Which Harbaugh brother would you rather have as your head coach? Who do you think is the best coach in the NFL?