The Ravens have extended Head Coach John Harbaugh’s contract, showing Owner Steve Bisciotti’s faith in his team’s leader.
Harbaugh’s contract was set to expire after the 2018 season, and there’s been speculation about his long-term future after the Ravens have missed the playoffs three of the past four years.
Those questions can now be put to rest.
“I like the message that he brings,” Bisciotti told SiriusXM NFL Radio earlier this month. “He doesn’t talk like a guy that’s been here 10 years. It’s amazing how he tends to rejuvenate himself and his message, and I’m lucky to have a leader like him.”
The Ravens have had historic success under Harbaugh’s guidance since he was hired in 2008.
The Ravens’ 10 playoff wins since that time are the NFL’s second most (Patriots have 11). Of those wins, seven have come on the road, which is also a league best. Harbaugh is tied with Tom Landry and Tom Coughlin for the most road playoff wins by a head coach in NFL history.
Since 2008, Baltimore has posted the NFL’s fourth-most total victories (95) and is one of only seven teams with at least six playoff berths.
To top it off, Harbaugh led the Ravens to Super Bowl XLVII glory in his fifth year on the job during the 2012 season. Baltimore has appeared in the AFC championship game three times.
The Ravens have gone through more difficult seasons the past several years, but Harbaugh has skillfully managed his team through those waves. Baltimore was mere inches away from the playoffs last year and has the look of a playoff contender once again this season.
Players have raved about how tight-knit the team is heading into the 2017 season, which is in part a credit to the head coach. Harbaugh has his players bought in.
“This will be my 11th season,” safety Eric Weddle said. “This is, by far, the closest team that I’ve been a part of. That’s not just including the defense, but as an offense. This team is just on another level – being together, competing, pushing each other, playing off each other.”
Harbaugh has the sixth-longest tenure among NFL head coaches, only trailing New England’s Bill Belichick (17 years), Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis (15), Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy (12), New Orleans’ Sean Payton (12) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (11).