Jim Harbaugh knows a little more about the Ravens than most NFL coaches-- after all, he was the starting quarterback for one season here.
Harbaugh started at quarterback for the Ravens during Ted Marchibroda's final season as the head coach in 1998 before Brian Billick took over the following season and things began to change. Now the head coach of the 49ers, who will be playing the Ravens in the Super Bowl a week from Sunday, Harbaugh had a pretty good season for a struggling Ravens team.
He finished with 1,839 yards passing plus 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while playing in 14 games -- starting 12 overall. Harbaugh also played seven years with the Bears, four with the Colts plus two more with San Diego before moving on to become a very successful coach in college and then in the NFL.
The Ravens didn't have a lot of big games in 1998. They finished with a record of 6-10, thanks to losing streaks of four and three games. But Harbaugh was one of the better players that season.
The Silicon Valley Mercury News had an article Tuesday talking about when the Ravens played the Vikings in a late-season game 1998, a contest that saw Harbaugh, Randy Moss (now with the 49ers) and Ray Lewis all playing against each other. All three will clash again in the Super Bowl.
In that article, Harbaugh made it clear his thoughts for the Ravens.
"(I have) great respect for their organization," Harbaugh said in the article. "I worked with (general manager) Ozzie Newsome and (former owner) Art Modell. ... I know many of the Baltimore Ravens players and have great respect for them and their team. I'm happy for them."