Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is among the most successful in the industry. He’s earned a Lombardi trophy and made the playoffs in six of his nine seasons manning the sideline in Baltimore.
Even then, Harbaugh’s accomplishments don’t come close to comparing to what we have seen from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Coming off his fifth Super Bowl trophy since 2001, Belichick has etched his name in the history books. He’s now among the best head coaches in the history of the game.
In talking about his long-time AFC rival, Harbaugh had nothing but great things to say.
“I don’t think he (Belichick) is slowing down. The guy is winning rings. He’s stumbling over all the rings he’s winning,” Harbaugh said Tuesday, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “He’s the best, and it’s not surprising to see him work as hard as he does.”
Belichick will turn 65 early next month, which has led to some speculation that he might end up calling it a career here soon. The decision by offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to remain in that role with the Patriots rather than seek head coaching openings only magnified this belief more.
But much like quarterback Tom Brady, it really doesn’t look like Belichick is slowing down. He’s still drawing up the best scheme the game of football has to offer. He’s coming off yet another Super Bowl title following a 14-win regular season.
Sure Harbaugh lofting this type of praise the way of a conference rival is rare. But what the heck else is he supposed to say? We’re just waiting for that one time an opposing coach throws some flames by calling Belichick overrated.