Super Bowl-winning head coach John Harbaugh is in his 15th season at the Ravens' helm. The 2019 NFL Coach of the Year has led Baltimore to a playoff berth in nine (2008-12, 2014 & 2018-20) of his 14 previous seasons, and in 2012, captured the franchise's second World Championship.
Though he never wants it to be about him, it's impossible to ignore Harbaugh's significant success.
Super Bowl-winning head coach John Harbaugh is in his 15th season at the Ravens' helm. The 2019 NFL Coach of the Year has led Baltimore to a playoff berth in nine (2008-12, 2014 & 2018-20) of his 14 previous seasons, and in 2012, captured the franchise's second World Championship.
Though he never wants it to be about him, it's impossible to ignore Harbaugh's significant success. Here's a look at the NFL's third-longest-tenured head coach (Bill Belichick – 23 seasons & Mike Tomlin – 16 seasons) entering the 2022 campaign:
• Since Harbaugh's 2008 Baltimore arrival, the Ravens have posted the NFL's fifth-most total victories (148, including playoffs). He has also led the Ravens to 137 regular season wins since 2008, ranking as the NFL's fifth most.
• Under Harbaugh, Baltimore is one of six teams (NE, GB, KC, Pit. & Sea.) to earn a playoff berth in nine of the past 14 seasons.
• The Ravens' 11 playoff wins since 2008 tie (GB) for the NFL's second most (New England, 16). Of those Baltimore victories, an NFL-best eight have come on the road.
• Harbaugh's 11 playoff victories tie (Pete Carroll, Mike Holmgren & Bill Parcells) for the fifth most by a head coach in the first 14 seasons of an NFL coaching career (Joe Gibbs – 17, Bill Belichick – 15, Chuck Noll – 14 & Bill Cowher – 12).
• Harbaugh owns the most road playoff wins (eight) by a head coach in NFL history. Tom Landry (Dal.) and Tom Coughlin (Jax./NYG) are second with seven each.
• Harbaugh is one of 14 coaches to earn at least nine playoff berths in his first 14 seasons (Tony Dungy, Bud Grant & Marty Schottenheimer – 11; Pete Carroll, Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren & Mike McCarthy – 10; Harbaugh, Joe Gibbs, Chuck Knox, Chuck Noll, Sean Payton, Andy Reid & Mike Tomlin – nine).
• The 2012 Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31, over the San Francisco 49ers in one of the most dramatic games in NFL history. Baltimore jumped to a 28-6 lead, but needed a critical goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory. The Ravens overcame a furious second-half comeback and a 34-minute power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans to clinch the franchise's second World Championship.
• Under Harbaugh's guidance, the Ravens have appeared in three AFC Championship games (2008, 2011, 2012) and have won at least one playoff game in seven of their nine postseasons with him as head coach.
• Harbaugh is the only head coach in NFL history (since 1970 merger) to win a playoff game in each of his first four and five seasons. He is also the only head coach in NFL history to win a playoff game in six of the first seven seasons of a coaching career.
• John and his younger brother, Jim (2011, 2012 and 2013), the former 49ers' head coach, are the only NFL head coaches to reach three conference championships in the first five seasons of a coaching career.
• With Harbaugh, the Ravens have posted an 82-31 mark at M&T Bank Stadium over the past 14 seasons, ranking as the NFL's third-best winning percentage (.726) during that span (2008-21).
• In 2019, the Ravens recorded a franchise-best 14-2 record. Baltimore won a team-record 12-straight games to close out the regular season, also earning the franchise's first-ever No. 1 playoff seed.
• Coach Harbaugh has led the Ravens to four AFC North Division titles (2011-12, 2018-19).
From his job interview with the Ravens, to his first press conference, to his consistent action and talk about Baltimore, it is all about "the team" for Harbaugh. Signs can be seen around the Ravens' complex:
"The Team, The Team, The Team."
Despite his continued success, "Harbs" diffuses accolades: "It's about us. It's about the team. It's about the players, the coaches, Steve [Bisciotti], Ozzie [Newsome], Eric [DeCosta] and the scouts. It's about Dick [Cass], Sashi [Brown] and the support staff. It's about all of us pulling together to win – to be the best."
Unlike other NFL head coaches, "Harbs" took the road less traveled. Most NFL field bosses graduate from pro jobs that include the word "coordinator" after "offensive" or "defensive," or they emerge from leading big-time college programs. Before becoming the Ravens' head coach in 2008, John was the Eagles' secondary coach (2007), and prior to that, Philadelphia's special teams coordinator (1998-2006) and a 14-year collegiate coach. (Harbaugh grew up learning about the game from his father, Jack, a longtime college coach.)
In 1998, then-Eagles head coach Ray Rhodes hired Harbaugh, who quickly established a reputation as one of the NFL's top special teams coaches. Subsequently, he was one of four assistants retained by Andy Reid in 1999.
Prior to hiring Harbaugh, the Ravens talked with over 40 people about the energetic coach. "Did we take a chance by hiring John? My belief is that you have to be willing to do things the masses don't, or you'll never separate yourself from the masses," team owner Steve Bisciotti stated. "We obviously picked the right person."
Simply put, Harbaugh strives to be the best. "We don't want to just win a championship. We want to be a championship team," he stated. "We seek the highest levels."
ADDITIONAL RAVENS NOTES DURING HARBAUGH ERA: Maintaining a strong defensive tradition during his time in Baltimore (2008-21), Harbaugh's defense has allowed the NFL's fewest scrimmage touchdowns (431), second-fewest points per game (19.2) and the second-fewest net yards per game (319.0). In 2018, Baltimore produced the NFL's No. 1 defense (292.9 ypg) and the No. 2 scoring defense (17.9 ppg). The Ravens finished four-straight seasons (2008-11) as the NFL's No. 3 scoring defense (fewest points allowed) – tying an NFL record for consecutive seasons ranking in the Top 3 (record has since been eclipsed by Seattle, 2012-16). Additionally, from 2014-16, Baltimore's defense was one of three teams (Den. & Sea.) to rank in the NFL's Top 10 in yards allowed each season. Harbaugh's red zone defense has also finished in the Top 5 in seven of his 14 seasons, including first overall in 2011 and second in 2014, 2012 and 2008.
The Ravens' offense has also experienced record-setting success during the Harbaugh Era. In 2019, Baltimore finished No. 1 in the NFL in points (33.2) and rushing yards (206.0) per game, while it was No. 2 in total yards (407.6). In 2019, the Ravens also became the first team ever to average 200 passing and 200 rushing yards per game in a season. Baltimore set a new NFL single-season rushing record (3,296 yards), besting the 1978 Patriots' 3,165. Additionally, in 2019, the Ravens set season team records for touchdowns (64), points (531), net yards (6,521), rushing yards (3,296) and first downs (386, eclipsed in 2021). This attack was led by unanimous NFL MVP QB Lamar Jackson, who accounted for a league-high 43 total TDs, including a league-best (and franchise-record) 36 passing scores. Jackson also rushed for 1,206 yards, setting a new NFL single-season record by a QB. A year later, in 2020, Baltimore's attack registered the second-most total TDs (55), points (468) and rushing yards (3,071) in franchise history. The 2020 Ravens also produced the NFL's No. 1 rushing attack (191.9 ypg), with their 3,071 rushing yards standing as the third most in a 16-game NFL season. (The Ravens own two of the Top 3 marks.) Producing a revolutionary rushing attack over the past several seasons, the Ravens have rushed for an NFL-high 11,287 yards (173.6 ypg) since QB Lamar Jackson's rookie campaign (2018).
On special teams, an impressive seven Ravens have earned 14 combined Pro Bowl honors while playing for Harbaugh: ST Brendon Ayanbadejo (2008), K Billy Cundiff (2010), RS Jacoby Jones (2012), K Justin Tucker (2013, 2016 & 2019-21), LS Morgan Cox (2015-16 & 2019-20), P Sam Koch (2015) and RS Devin Duvernay (2021). A byproduct of the Ravens consistently producing one of the NFL's top special teams units during Harbaugh's tenure, senior NFL writer Rick Gosselin ranked the Ravens in the Top 6 of his annual comprehensive ratings system in seven-consecutive seasons (2012-18). (This includes a No. 1 ranking in 2015.) In 2021, Baltimore's special teams unit finished No. 1 in both Gosselin's rankings and Football Outsiders' DVOA ratings.
NFL ASSISTANT COACH: 1998-2007 (with Philadelphia) Harbaugh's special teams in Philadelphia were consistently ranked among the NFL's best. From 2000-05, the Eagles' units finished in the Top 10 in five of those seasons in The Dallas Morning News' special teams rankings. In 2001 and 2003, Philly ranked No. 1, according to senior NFL writer Rick Gosselin's composite ratings (includes 22 kicking-game categories).
Following the 2001 campaign, Harbaugh was voted the NFL's Special Teams Coach of the Year by his peers. He was also named The Dallas Morning News Special Teams Coach of the Year that season. In just four seasons (1998-2001), Harbaugh elevated the Eagles' special teams from 29th to first in the NFL.
In 1999, the Eagles signed K David Akers, who had been working as a part-time waiter after brief kicking stints with Carolina, Atlanta and Washington. With Harbaugh's help, Akers earned three Pro Bowl honors. Harbaugh also worked with P Dirk Johnson, another "street" free agent, helping him record the then-Top 2 punting averages (38.4 in 2005 and 37.4 in 2004) in Eagles history. Under "Harbs," 15 Eagles earned Special Teams Player of the Week awards, while snapper Mike Bartrum was named to the Pro Bowl, and return specialist Reno Mahe led the NFL with a 12.8-yard punt return average in 2005.
COLLEGE COACHING CAREER: Among John's 38 years of coaching is a two-year stint (1995-96) as the assistant head coach at the University of Cincinnati, finishing 6-5 both seasons with the Bearcats. He coached 10 years on offense and four on defense at the collegiate level, launching his coaching career in 1984 at the age of 21 as a graduate assistant for his father at Western Michigan. In his second position at the University of Pittsburgh (1987), he was mentored by the legendary Sid Gillman, a Pro Football Hall of Famer. John also coached the tight ends at Pitt under head coach Mike Gottfried. While at Cincinnati (1989-96), Harbaugh coached special teams, tight ends, outside linebackers and running backs, and he served as the recruiting coordinator.
Over eight years, Harbaugh recruited 27 starters for the Bearcats and tutored both the NCAA's top return man (former Raven Robert Tate, 34.3 KOR average in 1995) and the second-ranked returner (current Ravens pass game coordinator/secondary Chris Hewitt, 31.5 KOR average in 1993). John was part of a staff that helped Cincinnati produce three out of four winning seasons (1993, 1995-96) for the first time in 20 years.
"Harbs" also coached one season at Indiana in 1997 as the defensive backs coach/special teams coordinator, under former Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, and one year at Morehead State in 1988 as the defensive backs coach/special teams and strength and conditioning coordinator.
COACHING HONORS: Leading the 2019 Ravens to a franchise-record 14-2 season and No. 1 seed in the playoffs, Harbaugh was named the Associated Press and PFWA NFL Coach of the Year. He was also named AFC Coach of the Year by the NFL 101 Awards and "Greasy" Neale Pro Coach of the Year (Maxwell Football Club) in 2019. In April 2014, Harbaugh was inducted into Miami (Ohio) University's "Cradle of Coaches Association" and was immortalized with an on-campus statue. Harbaugh's statue joins existing Cradle of Coaches statues for Earl "Red" Blaik, Paul Brown, Carm Cozza, Paul Dietzel, Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, John Pont and Bo Schembechler. The Cradle of Coaches honors Miami graduates who have earned recognition as national collegiate or professional Coaches of the Year, who have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame or the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or whose teams won national collegiate or professional/Super Bowl championships.
HARBAUGH COACHING FAMILY: Harbaugh is from a football family. His father, Jack, is a 41-year coaching veteran who won the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA football championship as the head coach at Western Kentucky. His younger brother, Jim, who was the Ravens' starting QB in 1998, played 14 seasons in the NFL and was the San Francisco 49ers' head coach from 2011-14. (The University of Michigan hired Jim as its head football coach following the 2014 NFL campaign.) In a showdown that featured the first-ever NFL game between head coaches who are brothers, John's Ravens bested Jim's 49ers, 16-6, in a 2011 Thanksgiving Night primetime special. The Ravens, of course, then topped the 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII. The brothers' sister, Joani, is married to longtime collegiate basketball coach Tom Crean.
COLLEGE: Harbaugh earned a degree in political science at Miami (OH), where he won the Football Scholar Athlete Award as a defensive back for the Redhawks. He earned his master's in physical education at Western Michigan.
COMMUNITY IMPACT: Devoted to his family and Christian faith, John is most active in helping the Baltimore area be better for families. He earned the 2011 "Power of Excellence Award" from the (Ben) Carson Scholars for "demonstrating excellence in life and being a role model." He served on the board of the Port Discovery Children's Museum and is a contributor to numerous Baltimore-area events and charities. Also a willing volunteer, his wife, Ingrid, contributes to the Helping Up Mission and Sarah's House, and she is on the Board of Trustees at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. In 2020, the couple made significant donations to help fund the distribution of meals to healthcare workers serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. John and Ingrid are also involved with Compassion International, which is an organization that aims to positively impact the long-term development of children living in poverty globally.
Harbaugh is a strong advocate of the U.S. Military. The NFL awarded him its 2013 Salute to Service Award, acknowledging exceptional efforts by those in the league who honor and support military members. (He was also a finalist for the award in 2011.) In 2012, the late Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno presented him with the Outstanding Civilian Service Award. Harbaugh has also visited numerous military installations, including bases in the Persian Gulf as part of the inaugural NFL USO Coaches Tour (2009), the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, Calif., (2011), Andrews Air Force Base – just two days after the capture of Osama Bin Laden (2011) – and undisclosed locations in Turkey and Afghanistan.
In 2008, Harbaugh helped institute Military Appreciation Day – an annual event that takes place during Ravens training camp. Since its establishment, over 10,000 service members have enjoyed preferred seating and opportunities to meet Ravens players and coaches. Once the season begins, Harbaugh then invites wounded warriors to be his guests at every Ravens home game. In 2017, he donated New Era hats to soldiers in Afghanistan. The hats represented all four of the major professional sports leagues and several from the NCAA as well. Additionally, he has purchased school supplies for children whose parents are serving in the military and has sent care packages to troops overseas.
PERSONAL: A history buff, Harbaugh has taken the Ravens to Gettysburg, Pa., during offseason team activities to learn about the Civil War. Near the end of the 2017 training camp, he surprised the entire team by cancelling practice on two occasions, loading everyone on buses to visit The Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery and another day visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The trips were opportunities for players, coaches and staff to receive behind-the-scenes tours of the historic locations and show appreciation for what each represents.
John attended Pioneer (Ann Arbor, MI) HS, where he and his brother, Jim, were inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2016. John and Ingrid have a daughter, Alison, who is a rising junior lacrosse player at the University of Notre Dame.
• After starting the season with an AFC-best 8-3 record, the Ravens dropped their last six games – five of which came by a combined 8 points…With its final 8-9 record, Baltimore missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons and for just the fifth time during Harbaugh's 14-year tenure…Ravaged by injuries throughout the year – including season-ending injuries to standouts RB J.K. Dobbins, RB Gus Edwards, CB Marcus Peters and DE Derek Wolfe prior to Week 1 – projected 2021 starters missed a combined 114 games due to injury/illness (this included QB Lamar Jackson, who missed five games).
• Baltimore's offense ranked No. 6 in total yards (378.8 ypg) and registered the league's No. 3 rushing attack (145.8 ypg)…All-Pro TE Mark Andrews was sensational, producing single-season franchise records for receptions (107) and receiving yards (1,361)…Andrews' 1,361 receiving yards also rank third most by a TE in league history and were sixth overall in the NFL.
• Baltimore produced the NFL's No. 1 run defense (84.5 ypg) and ranked No. 3 on third down (34.8%)…On special teams, K Justin Tucker led the league in FG% (94.6) and connected on an NFL-record 66-yard game-winner at Detroit…RS Devin Duvernay finished No. 1 in the NFL in PR average (13.8) and No. 7 in KOR average (24.1), helping Baltimore's special teams rank No. 1 in Football Outsiders' DVOA ratings.
• Five Ravens players were voted to the Pro Bowl: TE Mark Andrews (second), RS Devin Duvernay (first), QB Lamar Jackson (second), FB Patrick Ricard (third) and K Justin Tucker (fifth)…Andrews, Duvernay and Tucker also each earned first-team All-Pro honors.
• The Ravens earned their third-straight playoff berth – and ninth overall under Harbaugh – by posting an 11-5 regular season record…As the AFC's fifth seed, Baltimore won six-straight games – including a 20-13 Wild Card battle at No. 4 Tennessee – before falling, 17-3, in the Divisional Round at No. 2 Buffalo to close out the 2020 campaign…The Ravens advanced to the Divisional Round of the playoffs for the eighth time during Harbaugh's 13 years at the helm.
• The Ravens' rushing attack finished No. 1 in the NFL (191.9 ypg) and produced the third-most yards (3,071) in a 16-game NFL season...Baltimore had three players – QB Lamar Jackson (1,005), rookie RB J.K. Dobbins (805) & RB Gus Edwards (723) – rush for over 700 yards each, while Jackson became the first QB in NFL history to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing milestone in multiple seasons…Dobbins' 6.01 ypc average ranked No. 1 among all NFL RBs, while Jackson's 6.32 ypc average was No. 1 overall...TE Mark Andrews had 58 catches for 701 yards and 7 TDs, becoming the first TE in Ravens history with multiple seasons of at least 700 receiving yards and 7 receiving TDs...WR Marquise Brown posted team highs in receiving yards (769) and receiving TDs (8) on 58 catches.
• Baltimore allowed the NFL's second-fewest points (18.9) and seventh-fewest yards (329.8) per game…The Ravens also boasted the No. 2 third-down defense (34.0%) and produced a league-high 25 FFs…CB Marlon Humphrey led the NFL with a Ravens' single-season record 8 FFs, also registering a team-high 11 PD…S Chuck Clark tallied 96 tackles, 2 FFs, 2 FRs, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT and 1 defensive TD, while OLB Matthew Judon led the team with 6 sacks and 21 QB hits…Rookie LB Patrick Queen posted a team-high 105 tackles and was the NFL's only defender with at least 70 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 FFs, 2 FRs, 1 INT and 1 D-TD.
• Seven Ravens players were voted to the 2020 Pro Bowl, tying the Chiefs, Packers and Seahawks for the NFL's most selections: T Orlando Brown Jr. (second), DE Calais Campbell (sixth), LS Morgan Cox (fourth), CB Marlon Humphrey (second), OLB Matthew Judon (second), FB Patrick Ricard (second) and K Justin Tucker (fourth).
• The No. 1 AFC playoff seed Ravens (14-2) won a franchise-record 12-straight games to close out the regular season, before falling at home in the Divisional round, 28-12, to the Tennessee Titans…Baltimore's league-best 14-2 record set a franchise mark, topping the 13-3 campaign from 2006…The Ravens secured a playoff berth for the eighth time in Harbaugh's 12 seasons and won the AFC North for the fourth time (2011-12, 2018-19).
• The Ravens ranked No. 1 in points (33.2) and rushing yards (206.0) per game, while they were No. 2 in total yards (407.6)…Baltimore became the first team ever to average 200 passing and 200 rushing yards per game in a season…The Ravens set a new NFL single-season rushing record (3,296 yards), besting the 1978 Patriots' 3,165…Baltimore also set season team records for TDs (64), points (531), net yards (6,521), rushing yards (3,296), first downs (386, eclipsed in 2021) and fewest turnovers (15).
• Unanimous NFL MVP QB Lamar Jackson accounted for a league-high 43 total TDs, including a league-best (and franchise-record) 36 passing scores…Jackson also rushed for 1,206 yards (sixth most in the league), setting a new NFL single-season record by a QB…RB Mark Ingram II posted 15 total TDs, tying a single-season team record and ranking fourth overall in the NFL. He also rushed for 1,018 yards.
• Baltimore allowed the NFL's third-fewest points (17.6) and fourth-fewest net yards (300.6) per game…The Ravens boasted the league's No. 5 run defense (93.4 ypg) and were No. 6 vs. the pass (207.2 ypg)…During their 12-game winning streak (starting in Week 5), the Ravens allowed the NFL's fewest yards (268.9) and points (15.2) per game…Baltimore allowed just 18 TDs (a league low) in its final 12 games, also scoring 6 TDs of its own during this span…OLB Matthew Judon led the team with a then-career-high 9.5 sacks and 4 FFs…CB Marlon Humphrey tallied 14 passes defensed and tied (CB Marcus Peters) for the team lead with 3 INTs.
• Thirteen Ravens were named to the Pro Bowl, tying the 2007 Cowboys for the most-ever selections on a Pro Bowl roster: TE Mark Andrews (first), T Orlando Brown Jr. (first), LS Morgan Cox (third), CB Marlon Humphrey (first), RB Mark Ingram II (third), QB Lamar Jackson (first), OLB Matthew Judon (first), CB Marcus Peters (third), FB Patrick Ricard (first), T Ronnie Stanley (first), S Earl Thomas III (seventh), K Justin Tucker (third) and G Marshal Yanda (eighth).
• Winning six of its last seven games – all with rookie QB Lamar Jackson as the starter – Baltimore (10-6) captured its first AFC North Division title since 2012 (and fifth ever), earning a playoff berth for the seventh time during Harbaugh's 11-year tenure…The Ravens returned to the postseason for the first time since 2014, but fell at home in the Wild Card round, 23-17, to the Los Angeles Chargers.
• The Ravens produced the NFL's No. 1 defense, allowing 292.9 yards per game…Baltimore also permitted the league's second-fewest points per game (17.9), just behind Chicago's 17.7...With 2018 Pro Bowlers LB C.J. Mosley (fourth), S Eric Weddle (sixth) and DT Brandon Williams (first), Baltimore ranked No. 1 in total defense for the second time (2006) in team history…The Ravens produced a Top 10 defense for the eighth time in Harbaugh's 11 seasons at the helm.
• Boasting the NFL's No. 2 rushing attack (152.6 ypg), the Ravens racked up the then-second-most rushing yards (2,441) in franchise history…Baltimore also produced a then-franchise-record 5,999 total yards…Over the team's final seven games (with Jackson as starter), Baltimore piled up an NFL-high 1,607 rushing yards (229.6 ypg)…RG Marshal Yanda earned his seventh Pro Bowl nod, helping Jackson finish with the NFL's most rushing yards (695) by a QB.
• K Justin Tucker (a Pro Bowl first alternate) made 35-of-39 FGAs and scored a franchise-record 141 points for the third-straight season, becoming the NFL's only kicker to surpass the 140 mark in each of the past three years (2016-18)…Baltimore ranked fifth in the NFL in punt return average (11.5), with RS Cyrus Jones posting the league's fourth-best mark (13.2).
• Winning six of its last nine games, Baltimore finished second in the AFC North with a 9-7 record, falling one game short of earning a playoff berth (lost on tiebreaker with Buffalo) for the seventh time in Harbaugh's 10-year tenure…The Ravens needed a home win over Cincinnati in Week 17 to make the 2017 playoffs...However, Baltimore's hopes were dashed when the Bengals produced a 49-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-12 with just 44 seconds remaining to earn a hard-fought, 31-27 victory that closed out the season in heartbreaking fashion.
• The Ravens produced NFL bests in interceptions (22), takeaways (34) and shutouts (3 – the most in a season since the 2003 Patriots)…Baltimore's +17 turnover differential ranked No. 1 in the NFL, while its defensive passer rating (72.4) and 5 defensive touchdowns (tied with Det. & Phi.) were each second best…Baltimore allowed just 18.9 points per game, which ranked sixth best in the league…It marked the seventh time during the John Harbaugh Era (since 2008) that the Ravens produced a Top 10 scoring "D."…Behind Pro Bowlers LB C.J. Mosley, OLB Terrell Suggs and S Eric Weddle, Baltimore's defense ranked 12th overall (325.1 ypg).
• Over the season's last nine games, Baltimore scored the NFL's second-most points per contest (29.4)…During this span, the Ravens also ranked No. 1 in fewest giveaways (5) and No. 2 in sacks allowed (10)…Baltimore finished the year ranking ninth overall in points per game (24.7) and seventh (tied) in both giveaways (17) and sacks allowed (27).
• Football Outsiders tabbed Baltimore's special teams as the NFL's No. 1 overall unit in 2017…The Ravens' ranking (9.2%) was the NFL's eighth highest in a season since 1986…In the annual special teams report from senior NFL writer Rick Gosselin, Baltimore ranked in the league's Top 5 for six-straight seasons (No. 4 in 2017)…The most accurate kicker in NFL history, K Justin Tucker connected on 34-of-37 FGAs and all 39 PATs to earn first-alternate Pro Bowl honors…P Sam Koch posted NFL bests in both punts inside the 10 (16) & 20 (40), with the 40 boots inside the 20 setting a new franchise record…Baltimore also ranked No. 1 in kickoff return average (27.5), No. 5 in punt return average (10.1) and No. 1 in opponent KOR average (18.6).
• The Ravens finished second in the AFC North with an 8-8 record (4-2 in division play) behind the 11-5 Pittsburgh Steelers…The Ravens entered Game 15 at Pittsburgh with the opportunity to tie for first in the division, but dropped a dramatic 31-27 decision when the Steelers scored the winning TD with 9 seconds left...Baltimore played the NFL's second-most games (12) that were decided by 8 points or fewer…In posting a 6-2 record at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens boasted the NFL's No. 1 defense in both points (14.8) and yards allowed (260.3) at home.
• Through the first 12 games, Baltimore's defense ranked No. 1 in the NFL in yards allowed, and the unit finished seventh overall (322.1 ypg). (The Ravens became one of three teams – Den. & Sea. – to rank in the NFL's Top 10 defenses from 2014-16.)…Allowing 89.4 rushing yards per game, the Ravens ranked No. 5 vs. the run…Baltimore's ninth-ranked pass defense (232.8 ypg) tied (KC & SD) to produce the NFL's most INTs (18)…Earning his second Pro Bowl in three seasons, ILB C.J. Mosley helped the Ravens allow the league's ninth-fewest points (20.1 ppg), while free agent acquisition S Eric Weddle was spectacular in registering a team-high 4 INTs (tied with Mosley) and a career-high 13 PD.
• QB Joe Flacco set a single-season franchise record by throwing for 4,317 yards, adding 20 TDs…TE Dennis Pitta produced 729 receiving yards while leading the NFL in catches (86) by a TE…Pro Bowl FB Kyle Juszczyk led the league in receptions (37) and receiving yards (266) by a fullback, while also serving as a lead blocker for RB Terrance West (774 yards)…G Marshal Yanda earned his sixth-consecutive Pro Bowl honor, marking the then-longest active streak among NFL guards, and C Jeremy Zuttah was selected to the All-Star game as an alternate.
• In earning his second Pro Bowl and becoming a unanimous first-team All-Pro selection, K Justin Tucker produced perhaps the greatest season ever by an NFL kicker…Tucker scored a single-season franchise-record 141 points, connecting on 38-of-39 FGs (lone miss was a block) and 27-of-27 PATs...Tucker's 38 FGs ranked first in the NFL, while he was 10-for-10 from 50-plus yards, tying (Blair Walsh, 2012 and Brandon McManus, 2020) for the most such kicks in NFL single-season history…Amazingly, an NFL single-season record 24 of Tucker's 38 FGs made came from 40 yards or beyond (he was 24-of-24 on such boots)...LS Morgan Cox earned his second-straight Pro Bowl invitation.
• The Ravens finished third in the highly-competitive AFC North, posting a 5-11 record…It marked just the second time Baltimore did not make the playoffs in Harbaugh's eight seasons…The Ravens had 20 players on Injured Reserve (NFL's second most), including eight key starters (DE Chris Canty, QB Joe Flacco, RB Justin Forsett, TE Crockett Gillmore, T Eugene Monroe, WR Steve Smith Sr., OLB Terrell Suggs and C Jeremy Zuttah)…Baltimore played an NFL-record 14 games decided by 8 points or fewer (tied, 1994 NY Giants & 2021 Vikings) and played an NFL-high (tied, Chicago) seven games decided by 3 points or fewer (4-3 record).
• Despite starting four different QBs (Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub, Jimmy Clausen & Ryan Mallett) for the first time in franchise history, Baltimore posted the then-second-most total net yards (5,749) in team annals…The Ravens also set a franchise record by averaging 266.9 passing yards per game, thanks in part to a unit that allowed the NFL's third-fewest sacks (24)…Leading the O-line was G Marshal Yanda, who earned his fifth-straight Pro Bowl nod…WR Kamar Aiken finished with team highs in catches (75), receiving yards (944) and receiving TDs (5).
• The Ravens boasted the NFL's top overall special teams unit, ranking No. 1 in both senior NFL writer Rick Gosselin's annual comprehensive ratings system and the Pro Football Focus rankings – It was Baltimore's fourth-straight ranking in Gosselin's Top 5…P Sam Koch and LS Morgan Cox (a "need" player) earned their first Pro Bowl honors, with Koch posting a 42.9 net average (second in the NFL) and allowing 5.0 yards per return (the NFL's second-best figure)…The Ravens blocked a kick (2 PATs, 2 FGs and 1 punt) in five-straight contests, a feat that had not been accomplished since 1983 (Atlanta)…Baltimore's 5 blocked kicks in 2015 tied (Oakland) for the NFL's most.
• The Ravens ranked No. 8 in total defense, marking the 11th time the unit finished in the NFL's Top 10 in 13 seasons (2003-15)…In the season's final eight games, Baltimore posted the NFL's No. 2 overall defense and the No. 1 pass defense…Second-year LB C.J. Mosley tallied 116 tackles, 4 sacks and 7 PD, adding 1 FF and a 41-yard FR-TD...OLB Elvis Dumervil, whose leadership was valuable in the absence of OLB Terrell Suggs (Achilles tear), posted a team-high 6 sacks and made the Pro Bowl as an alternate.
• The Ravens produced a 10-6 regular season record, earning their sixth playoff berth in seven seasons…Baltimore, one of three AFC North teams to make the postseason, finished third in the division behind Pittsburgh (11-5) and Cincinnati (10-5-1), but advanced to the Divisional Playoff round after capturing a 30-17 Wild Card victory in the Steel City…The Ravens' bid to reach their fourth AFC Championship game under Harbaugh was cut short in New England, where Baltimore fell to the Patriots, 35-31, after holding two 14-point leads during a thrilling battle.
• The Ravens set then-single-season franchise records by scoring 409 points and producing 5,838 yards of offense…Baltimore gave up just 19 sacks (second fewest in team history), which ranked only behind Denver's 17 as the NFL's fewest allowed…QB Joe Flacco tallied career bests in yards (3,986, since surpassed) and touchdown passes (27), while key free agent addition WR Steve Smith Sr. reached the 1,000-yard receiving milestone for the eighth time in his career (1,065 yards on 79 catches)…WR Torrey Smith posted 11 receiving TDs, the second most in Ravens single-season history…First-time Pro Bowl RB Justin Forsett produced a career-high 1,266 rushing yards (the NFL's fifth most) and led the league in runs of 20-plus yards (a team-record 17)…Forsett's single-season franchise-record 5.4 rushing average also ranked as the NFL's No. 1 mark among running backs.
• Led by OLB Terrell Suggs and 2014 Pro Bowl selections OLB Elvis Dumervil and rookie LB C.J. Mosley, Baltimore racked up the NFL's second-most sacks (49, tied with Philadelphia), boasted the No. 2 red zone defense (42.6) and allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game (88.3).
• P Sam Koch produced the NFL's No. 3 gross average (47.4) and No. 1 net average (43.3), setting the Ravens' single-season record for each…Highlighted by his third-career 108-yard KOR-TD, RS Jacoby Jones ranked second in the NFL in KOR average (30.6)…As a team, the Ravens were No. 1 in the league with a 28.3-yard KOR mark.
• For the first time since Harbaugh's 2008 arrival, Baltimore did not make the playoffs, falling one game short with an 8-8 mark and placing third in the AFC North…Baltimore played an NFL-high nine games decided by 3 points or fewer, compiling a 5-4 record in those contests…How close were the Ravens to making the playoffs? They were tied 17-17 near the end of the third quarter in the season-ending loss at Cincinnati, needing a victory to secure what would have been their sixth-straight postseason berth.
• OLB Terrell Suggs (10) and OLB Elvis Dumervil (9.5) combined for 19.5 sacks, with Suggs earning his sixth Pro Bowl invite…NT Haloti Ngata was elected to his fifth Pro Bowl, while CB Lardarius Webb's 22 PD ranked as the NFL's second most.
• WR Torrey Smith tallied 1,128 receiving yards, the then-second most in single-season team history (Michael Jackson - 1,201 in 1996) and had a career-high 65 catches, posting the NFL's fifth-best yards-per-catch average (17.4)…Undrafted rookie WR Marlon Brown's 7 receiving TDs tied (Torrey Smith, 2011 and Marquise Brown, 2019) for the most by a rookie in team history, while he also finished second (Smith, 2011) in catches (49) and receiving yards (524) by a Ravens' rookie (those marks have since been eclipsed)…G Marshal Yanda also earned his third Pro Bowl honor.
• Pro Bowl K Justin Tucker set franchise records in FGs made (38, later tied in 2016) and FGs attempted (41) and produced a then-franchise-record 140 points (tied for sixth in NFL)…Tucker also had 6 FGs of 50-plus yards and kicked 3 game-winning FGs, including a then-team-record 61-yarder at Detroit.
• The Ravens captured a second-consecutive AFC North title with a 10-6 mark before sweeping four playoff games to win Super Bowl XLVII: 24-9 over the visiting Colts on Wild Card weekend; 38-35 in double overtime at Denver in the Divisional Round; 28-13 at New England in the AFC Championship – shutting out the Patriots, who owned the league's top offense, in the second half; and then topping the 49ers, 34-31, in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after jumping to a 28-6 third-quarter lead…Showing a resolve that was a hallmark of that championship team, the Ravens overcame a three-game December losing streak and 53 games lost to defensive starters to win the title.
• Baltimore set a then-franchise record by scoring 398 points, averaging the NFL's 10th-most points per game (24.9)…The Ravens scored a then-team-record 254 points at home, producing the NFL's fourth-best home average of 31.8 ppg…Baltimore also surrendered just 16 giveaways, setting a then-franchise single-season record low.
• The Ravens' special teams units were spectacular: In addition to posting a league-best (tied, Darius Reynaud) 3 kick return TDs (108- & 105-yard KORs and 63-yard PR), WR/RS Jacoby Jones led the NFL in KOR average (30.7)…Rookie K Justin Tucker, an undrafted free agent signing, made 30-of-33 FGAs (90.9%), producing the then-second-best success rate in Ravens single-season history and the then-second-best mark by a rookie kicker in NFL history.
• Six Ravens earned Pro Bowl honors: S Ed Reed (ninth), DT Haloti Ngata (fourth), FB Vonta Leach (third), RB Ray Rice (third), G Marshal Yanda (second) and Jones (first).
• En route to winning Super Bowl XLVII, the Ravens produced one of the most electrifying postseasons in NFL history by averaging 410.3 yards of offense per game (134.8 rush & 275.5 pass), scoring 31.0 points per contest and allowing just 22.0…WR Anquan Boldin recorded 22 catches for 380 yards and 4 TDs, while Jones posted a 29.4-yard receiving average (5 for 147), catching TDs of 70 and 56 yards (Jones also had a 108-yard KOR-TD in the Super Bowl.)…With a 3-TD performance vs. the 49ers, QB Joe Flacco threw 11 TD passes in the postseason, tying the NFL single-postseason record shared by Joe Montana (1989) and Kurt Warner (2008) and since achieved by Patrick Mahomes (2021)…Flacco finished the Super Bowl 22-of-33 for 287 yards to produce a 124.2 rating (the then-eighth-best mark in SB history) and earned game MVP honors...The Ravens' defense was also stout during the playoffs, registering 10 take-aways (6 INTs and 4 FRs) to produce a +6 turnover differential.
• Producing a second-straight 12-4 record (13-5 overall), Baltimore won the AFC North, sweeping the division for the first time in team history…The Ravens were 6-0 against playoff teams (7-1 including postseason), matching Green Bay as the only clubs to go undefeated in division play and against other postseason qualifiers…In what was a franchise first, the Ravens also went unbeaten at home (9-0 with a playoff win over Houston)…Baltimore earned a 20-13 Divisional Round victory over the Texans, and then fell, 23-20, in a heartbreaking AFC Championship thriller at New England.
• The Ravens' defense, which finished No. 3 in the league in fewest points permitted (16.6) for the fourth-straight year, tied an NFL record for consecutive seasons of being in the Top 3 for points allowed (record has since been eclipsed by Seattle's streak of five straight from 2012-16).
• RB Ray Rice produced a career-high and NFL-best 2,068 yards from scrimmage, ranking second in rushing (1,364)...Rice also set a team mark with 15 total TDs (since tied by Mark Ingram II in 2019)…WR Torrey Smith was third among NFL rookies with 841 receiving yards (50 catches); his receptions and yards, plus 7 TDs, set then-Ravens first-year standards.
• Eight Ravens earned Pro Bowl honors: LB Ray Lewis (13th), S Ed Reed (eighth), OLB Terrell Suggs (fifth), DT Haloti Ngata (third), FB Vonta Leach (second), Rice (second), G Ben Grubbs (first) and G Marshal Yanda (first)…Suggs was also named the 2011 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, marking the fourth time a Raven has won the honor (Reed - 2004 and Lewis - 2003 & 2000).
• Baltimore tied Pittsburgh for the best record in the division at 12-4, but lost the AFC North on the division-record tiebreaker (5-1 to 4-2)…Baltimore, Indianapolis (a then-NFL record nine in a row) and Philadelphia became the only teams to make the playoffs from 2008-10…The 2010 campaign also marked the first time the Ravens ever earned the postseason three years in a row (the Ravens later extended their record to five years in 2012).
• In the Wild Card game at Kansas City, the Ravens prevailed 30-7…Baltimore then dropped a 31-24 Divisional Round contest at Pittsburgh, which advanced to the Super Bowl…Harbaugh became the first head coach in NFL history to take over a sub-.500 team and then win a playoff game in each of his first three seasons (2008-10).
• Five Ravens earned Pro Bowl honors: K Billy Cundiff (first), LB Ray Lewis (12th), DT Haloti Ngata (second), S Ed Reed (seventh) and OLB Terrell Suggs (fourth)…WR Anquan Boldin tallied team highs with 64 catches and 837 receiving yards, while QB Joe Flacco threw 25 TD passes and a career-high passer rating (93.6)…RB Ray Rice finished with 1,776 yards from scrimmage, the NFL's third most.
• After posting a 9-7 record, the Ravens produced their sixth playoff team of the decade (2000-09)...Behind the NFL's ninth-ranked scoring offense (24.4 ppg) and a defense that finished third in total yards (300.5 ypg) and points allowed (16.3 ppg), the Ravens upended the Patriots (33-14) in the Wild Card round, becoming the first road team to win a playoff game at New England since 1978.
• For the first time in team history, Baltimore had a 3,000-yard passer (Joe Flacco - 3,613), 1,000-yard rusher (Ray Rice - 1,339) and 1,000-yard receiver (Derrick Mason - 1,028) in the same season.
• Five Ravens were voted into the Pro Bowl, including LB Ray Lewis (11th), FB Le'Ron McClain (second), DT Haloti Ngata (first), S Ed Reed (sixth) and Rice (first), who tallied the NFL's second-most yards from scrimmage (2,041)...Rookie T Michael Oher, who started all 16 games, finished second for Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year (NFL.com fan vote) and earned All-Rookie team honors.
• In Harbaugh's initial Baltimore season, the Ravens produced an 11-5 record and advanced to the AFC Championship game...Baltimore won the Wild Card game at Miami (27-9) and the Divisional game at the AFC's top-seeded Tennessee Titans, 13-10…Pittsburgh, the eventual Super Bowl champion, stopped the Ravens (23-14) in the AFC title matchup at Heinz Field…This first Harbaugh/Ravens team tied the NFL record (since 1978) for turnarounds by a head coach taking over a sub-.500 team…The Ravens' 2-1 playoff record following that regular season campaign established a new league standard in this same category…With the 13 total victories in 2008, Harbaugh set the NFL record for the most wins ever by a rookie head coach starting a rookie quarterback (Joe Flacco).
• Baltimore's stifling defense ranked No. 2 in the NFL by allowing 261.1 yards per game and was No. 3 in points allowed per game (15.3)...The Ravens also produced an NFL-best 26 INTs, including five returned for touchdowns...S Ed Reed tied his career high (2004) with a league-leading 9 INTs.
• Five players earned Pro Bowl honors: LB Ray Lewis (10th), Reed (fifth), ST Brendon Ayanbadejo (third), OLB Terrell Suggs (third) and FB Le'Ron McClain (first)…Flacco, who became the first rookie QB ever to win two playoff games, was named the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year (NFL.com fan vote).
The Harbaughs Donated Meals for Baltimore Hospital Workers
John and Ingrid Harbaugh donated two meals a day for all emergency and critical-care workers at Union Memorial Hospital for four weeks.
Late for Work 4/9: Daniel Jeremiah: Tom Brady Would've Won 10 Super Bowls With Ravens
Is Justin Tucker the best of the best of the decade? The case for John Harbaugh making the All-Decade team. Inside linebacker Patrick Queen says he can be 'that guy' for the Ravens.
Ravens Playbook Is Nearly Complete, But John Harbaugh Has Security Concerns
The coronavirus pandemic has forced the Ravens coaching staff to take a different approach to building a playbook for 2020, but the process is nearly finished.
Pope Francis Now Has a Lamar Jackson Jersey
Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori is in Rome for the 'ad limina' visit, and presented Pope Francis with a custom jersey autographed by John Harbaugh and Lamar Jackson.
Late for Work 11/15: Predictions for Ravens vs. Texans
A strong case can be made for John Harbaugh winning Coach of the Year. Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson compares the New England Patriots defense to the 2000 Ravens.
Late for Work 7/16: Sports Illustrated Predicts Ravens Defensive Regression
Three Ravens who could be bound for Hall of Fame. Ravens again are identified as a potential landing spot if Texans look to trade Jadeveon Clowney. John Harbaugh is No. 7 in NFL.com's Head Coach Power Rankings. Former Ravens running back Alex Collins suffers a broken leg.
John Harbaugh Is the Only Head Coach Eric DeCosta Wants to Work With
New Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta was bothered by rumors of friction between himself and Head Coach John Harbaugh.
Late for Work 1/8: Ravens, John Harbaugh 'Finalizing' Long-Term Deal
Pundits agree that Joe Flacco could be traded. Ravens players talk about the end of the Ozzie Newsome era. Marlon Humphrey did not like the College Football National Championship.
Late for Work 1/3: John Harbaugh Ranked as NFL's Fourth-Best Coach. Will He Finally Get a Coach of the Year Vote?
Lamar Jackson wasn't included among ESPN's top-10 rookies. C.J. Mosley's leadership should be a bigger factor in re-signing discussion. Ravens should explore trade for Leonard Fournette.
Why John Harbaugh Feels This Is the Best TEAM He's Coached
Unselfish and resilient, the 2018 Ravens won the AFC North. Now they are chasing the ultimate prize.
News & Notes 11/12: John Harbaugh Encouraged by Offensive Line Health After Bye
Ronnie Stanley and James Hurst could return for Sunday's game. Marvin Lewis taking over as Bengals DC won't change Ravens' plans. Bengals WR Tyler Boyd is a player Ravens must watch closely.
As Ravens Prepare to Face Former Coordinator, Wink Martindale Strikes Right Note With Players
Wink Martindale loves his job, loves his players and loves coaching defense in Baltimore.
John Harbaugh: This Could Be Ozzie Newsome's Best Draft in My 11 Years Here
The Ravens addressed some pressing short-term needs, and also added a potential franchise quarterback in Lamar Jackson.
Five Interesting Notes on Ravens-Rams Joint Practices
The connection between the Ravens and Rams starts at the top with head coaches John Harbaugh and Sean McVay. Plus, there will be some intriguing matchups.
How Much Input Does John Harbaugh Have on Ravens' Draft?
Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta praised how much Baltimore's head coach works to get a good understanding of the draft class. 'Harbaugh has tremendous credibility with the scouts,' says DeCosta.
Top Questions for Ravens' 2018 Pre-Draft Press Conference
Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh, Eric DeCosta and Joe Hortiz will all address the media Wednesday morning to discuss the upcoming draft.
John Harbaugh Expects Tweaks to Take Defense to 'Another Level'
The Ravens will keep the same fundamental system with Wink Martindale as the defensive coordinator, but the 'methods are going to change.'
John Harbaugh Believes Terrell Suggs Will Be 'Better Than Ever' This Year
The veteran linebacker is heading into his 16th NFL season, but his commitment in the offseason has made him an even better player.
John Harbaugh Discusses Free-Agency Moves for First Time
The Ravens have added Michael Crabtree and John 'Smokey' Brown, and Baltimore's head coach is excited about what they will bring to the offense.
Late for Work 2/6: Have Ravens Already Targeted Their 'Splash' Free Agent? Who Could It Be?
Did Nick Foles have the best postseason for a quarterback ever? Nope, Joe Flacco did. Where are the Ravens players from Super Bowl XLVII now? HOF voter says the Ray Lewis 'debate' was the shortest of any candidate. Did you see John Harbaugh correctly predict the Eagles' Super Bowl win?
Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh to Appear on Super Bowl LII Broadcast
For the second time in his career, John Harbaugh will be part of the pre-game and post-game telecast for the Super Bowl.
John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome Have a 'Phenomenal Relationship'
The Ravens head coach said that he and Ozzie Newsome have a great system in place and they lean on each on when making decisions.
Greg Roman Is Staying With Ravens, Gets Promotion to Assistant Head Coach
The Ravens' run game architect this season, Greg Roman, has agreed to remain in Baltimore and work with Head Coach John Harbaugh and Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
John Harbaugh Reacts to Ravens' 2017 Season
The Ravens are disappointed with missing the playoffs for a third-straight year and were stung by the heart-breaking Week 17 loss. But Head Coach John Harbaugh judges the season based on all the ups and downs of the year, including how the team overcame adversity and continually improved. He sees solid building blocks for the future.
Late for Work 1/3: Ravens Reportedly Trying to Lure Chuck Pagano Back to Baltimore
John Harbaugh is in 'high demand' with teams inquiring about his availability. Marvin Lewis shockingly re-signs with Cincy ... ya think the Ravens game had something to do with that? Baltimore is a 'Hard Knocks' candidate, but Jimmy Garoppolo seems like a juicier storyline.