The rivalry between the Ravens and Patriots impacts the relationship between John Harbaugh and Bill Belichick. The two coaches have been friends for years, but they have to be careful during conversations, not to reveal too much about their teams. Belichick was asked about his relationship with Harbaugh during his Friday press conference.
“It would be a lot better if we didn’t have to play each other every year,” Belichick said. “I have a lot of respect for John. John’s another guy that kind of started like I did – started as a special teams coach. As he and I have talked about, I think that’s a great way to learn the game of football. You learn situation football, you learn the kicking game, you learn how field position and all of those things relate to the other aspects of the game. I’d love to have a closer relationship with John if we weren’t in the same competition.”
Harbaugh and Belichick have often tangled when the stakes were extremely high. The Ravens and Patriots have met in the last two AFC championship games, and Sunday’s matchup will have huge playoff implications.
At some point down the road, Harbaugh and Belichick may go out to dinner and reminiscence about their meetings. However, that will not happen this weekend.