Reason 3: Even Winners Have Bad Moments
The Pittsburgh Steelers get a lot of credit for being patient with Bill Cowher. Cowher started his run as the Steelers head coach much like Harbaugh did with the Ravens. Cowher led the Steelers to the playoffs six straight Super Bowls. Then he had three frustrating seasons, without a playoff birth. The Rooney family stuck by Cowher and the Steelers went to the playoffs four of the next six seasons and won Super Bowl XL. It would have been easy for the Steelers to give up on Cowher but they knew he was a winner. When a Ravens guy points to Pittsburgh to make a point, it’s really annoying. That being said, the Ravens should look at what happened to a similar coach of a similar franchise.
Before winning his first Super Bowl, Bill Walsh had two losing seasons. Now, Walsh is considered one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. Just imagine what would have happened if the 49ers would have given up on him after a 2-14 season. Tom Coughlin has had eight losing seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Giants. However he took the Jaguars to two straight AFC Championship Games and won two Super Bowls with the Giants. The NFL has taken some very great coaches to very low moments.
Harbaugh has done some historically great things with the Ravens. He deserves our patience. If Harbaugh had taken the Ravens on another 5-11 no thrill ride, things would be different. Harbaugh kept the Ravens in the hunt. Things may not have gone the Ravens way but Harbaugh has proven he can rebound from a bad season. The Ravens should keep Harbaugh. If he can reach new heights in his career, he could end up being one of the all time great coaches.