John Harbaugh has reportedly reached a multi-million dollar deal with the Baltimore Ravens that will cement him as the club’s head coach until at least 2016.
It’s only fair that Harbaugh donate at least one of his paychecks to Ray Lewis, because without his Hall of Fame presence, the Ravens wouldn’t have dared give Harbaugh such an extension. However, the NFL has proven to us all that Lombardi Trophies change everything.
Prior to the Ravens’ historical late-season run the city of Baltimore was displeased with its football team for must of the 2012 campaign. In fact, Harbaugh felt so much heat that he decided to fire long-time friend and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron with just three weeks left in the regular season! While many call it a “bold” move now that the Ravens have Super Bowl bling, Cameron’s exit was not a very popular move way back in December.
Anyway, this extension is a perfect example of team falling in love with a guy and totally jumping the gun — it’s safe to say the Ravens are acting like a middle school girl here.
Rather than wait for Harbaugh to prove his worth in these next two years, Baltimore has unnecessarily put itself in a rather uncomfortable position. Who knows how Harbaugh is going to control his team without emotional leaders like Lewis or Reed on the sidelines? It’s very likely that the Ravens’ veteran-packed 2012 team overshadowed the coach’s inefficiencies.
When Baltimore is fighting to make the payoffs year after year and has questions from top to bottom, you’ll remember the Ravens jumping the gun and giving a grossly overrated Harbaugh a shiny new deal.