Where does Harbaugh rank among NFL coaches?

Where does Harbaugh rank among NFL coaches?
July 15, 2014, 8:15 am
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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh looks on during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium.

(Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

Where does John Harbaugh rank among the NFL’s 32 head coaches? Elliot Harrison of NFL.com ranks Harbaugh as the league’s fourth best head coach, behind only Bill Belichick of the Patriots (No. 1), Sean Payton of the Saints (No. 2), and brother Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers (No. 3). 

Where Harbaugh ranks among coaches is a matter of opinion. However, there’s no question Harbaugh faces a challenging 2014 season, because:

- The Ravens missed the playoffs in 2013 for the first time in six seasons, a fact that Harbaugh plans to use for motivation.

- The offseason has seen five Ravens arrested, including cornerback Jimmy Smith over the weekend.

- The Ravens will have a new offense under coordinator Gary Kubiak, but they can’t afford early-season growing pains, facing three straight AFC North opponents to start the season.

Harbaugh has a stellar 62-34 regular season record and a Super Bowl ring, but last season was not what he had in mind. It will be interesting to see how Harbaugh approaches training camp, and prepares the Ravens for next season. Harbaugh doesn’t care about offseason coach rankings. But he cares deeply about getting the Ravens back into the playoffs.