John Harbaugh should keep his job as the Baltimore Ravens head coach. Reason 1: Stability Is Important
Last season the Ravens went 5-11 and Steve Bisciotti preached stability and continuity. This season the Ravens barely missed the playoffs and stability is still important. Like it or not the Ravens are experiencing life in the NFL. The New England Patriots may seem immune to the ups and downs of the most challenging league in professional sports, but they seem to be the only team with the antidote. The Ravens went to the playoffs five straight times and won a Super Bowl. Since then, there have been three out of four seasons without a playoff birth. Being a perennial power in the NFL is hard.
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The reality is that the Ravens would probably be heading to the playoffs if Antonio Brown couldn’t stretch his arms into the end zone. The Ravens had a goal, and they almost reached it. This was not a bad season. To be fair, it wasn’t a great season either. 2016 Ravens football will not be cataloged in the pantheon of great Ravens seasons. However, Baltimore found that the train is still on the tracks, and the team is headed in the right direction.
There were moments this season that any Ravens fan had to question John Harbaugh’s fate. I wrote several articles exploring the possibility. The four game losing streak was painful and it felt like 2015 all over again. The Ravens fell short when it really mattered and that was hard to handle. The Ravens may have frustrated us, but if they made the playoffs we would be singing another tune. Harbaugh has kept the team together through some really tough times. Stability is important and that’s what we get with Harbaugh.