The Baltimore Ravens have only had three different head coaches in franchise history.
But is John Harbaugh officially the longest-tenured head coach for the franchise?
How Long Has John Harbaugh Been With Baltimore?
In the Ravens’ 27-year history, Harbaugh has coached for 16 of those seasons.
That makes him Baltimore’s longest-tenured head coach in franchise history. So when did it all begin for him in Charm City?
Harbaugh was lured in before the 2008 season. He faced a tough task as well, as he had to succeed Brian Billick, who led the Ravens to their only Super Bowl title at the time in the 2000 season. Harbaugh also came in during a time when Baltimore had fallen to a dismal 5-11 campaign in 2007, prompting Billick’s firing.
Harbaugh, though, didn’t take long to establish himself with the Ravens. His first Baltimore team went 11-5 and culminated in an appearance in the AFC title game.
Notable Accolades in Harbaugh’s Career
With Harbaugh trekking toward 20 seasons at the helm, he’s had some notable moments in his time with the Ravens. Here are some of his notable accolades:
- Harbaugh guided the Ravens to five consecutive playoff appearances, a first in franchise history — and that was done in Harbaugh’s first five years as a head coach.
- He guided Baltimore to the franchise’s second Super Bowl victory in the 2012 season — riding the final campaign of Ray Lewis and trusting the arm of Joe Flacco to snatch the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
- Since the title run, Harbaugh has produced five more playoff teams.
- Harbaugh coached the team’s first-ever AP NFL Most Valuable Player in quarterback Lamar Jackson in the 2019 season.
- Lastly, Harbaugh has only endured one last-place finish. And that was an 8-9 campaign in 2021. The 5-11 team of 2015 ended up finishing third in the AFC North.
Harbaugh now has new focuses as the season heads to its final leg. For starters, Baltimore is aiming to lock up the top seed in the AFC with its current 8-3 record. Harbaugh is trying to produce his 11th playoff team. And, Harbaugh and the Ravens will be aiming to end this drought: 11 years since their last championship.
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