John Harbaugh
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John Harbaugh | Coaching Profile

John Harbaugh is an accomplished NFL head coach, known for his remarkable tenure with the Baltimore Ravens. His coaching career highlights include:

  • Serving as the Ravens’ head coach since 2008
  • Amassing an impressive 160-99-0 record over 17 seasons in Baltimore
  • Leading the Ravens to a Super Bowl XLVII victory in 2012 (34-31 over San Francisco 49ers)

John Harbaugh Coaching Record

Years Active RecordWin %Playoff RecordPlayoff Win %
27251-168-059.90%20-1655.56%

Coaching Tree 

Parents

  • Andy Reid
  • Ray Rhodes

Children 

  • Hue Jackson
  • Chuck Pagano
  • Rex Ryan
  • Mike Pettine
  • David Culley
  • Vic Fangio
  • Mike MacDonald

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John Harbaugh Coaching Style 

John Harbaugh’s coaching approach centers around dictating the game’s pace and flow rather than relying solely on an aggressive offensive strategy. His philosophy encompasses several key elements:

  • Building a well-rounded roster through strategic personnel decisions
  • Controlling the tempo and flow of the game through efficient clock management
  • Establishing a physical presence with a dominant running game
  • Incorporating timely downfield passing to keep defenses off-balance

This comprehensive approach aims to limit scoring opportunities for the opposition while methodically imposing his team’s strengths upon the opponent.

John Harbaugh Coaching Tree

Prior to becoming one of the NFL’s highest paid head coaches, John Harbaugh honed his craft as an assistant under the tutelage of esteemed mentors Ray Rhodes and Andy Reid. His formative coaching years were shaped by:

  • Serving as an assistant for both Rhodes and Reid
  • Spending a substantial nine-year stint on Reid’s coaching staff

Harbaugh’s coaching acumen and ability to develop talent have been widely recognized, as evidenced by the fact that six of his former assistants went on to secure head coaching positions across the NFL:

  • Hue Jackson
  • Chuck Pagano
  • Rex Ryan
  • Mike Pettine
  • Vic Fangio
  • David Culley

The collective impact of Harbaugh’s coaching tree is noteworthy:

  • In their combined 24 seasons as head coaches after working under Harbaugh, they have amassed a regular season record of 149 wins, 215 losses, and 1 tie.
  • Their playoff record stands at 7 wins and 5 losses.

Harbaugh’s extensive experience learning from accomplished coaches, coupled with his ability to cultivate and prepare future head coaching talents, underscores his profound influence on the coaching landscape of the NFL. His coaching tree’s longevity and relative success are a testament to the solid foundation he provided during their time together.

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John Harbaugh Football Career Timeline 

John Harbaugh played as a defensive back for Miami University during his collegiate career. He started his coaching career as a running back coach for Western Michigan in 1984. and rose up the ranks of the to head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.

  • Miami University (1980-1984): Defensive Back
  • Western Michigan (1984-1987): Running backs coach & outside linebackers
  • Pittsburgh (1987): Tight ends coach
  • Morehead State (1988): Special teams coach & secondary coach
  • Cincinnati (1989-1996): Special teams coordinator
  • Indiana (1997): Special teams coordinator and defensive backs
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1998-2006): Special teams coordinator
  • Baltimore Ravens (2008- Present): Head Coach