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ESPN poll rates John Harbaugh as NFL's ninth-best coach

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An ESPN poll of NFL front office personnel and coordinators had good things to say about Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who checks in among the top quarter of NFL head coaches.

Harbaugh came in ninth in the poll conducted by ESPN's Mike Sando, which asked 30 NFL industry sources to rate the coaches on a 1-5 scale, with one being best and five being the worst. The scores were then averaged, with the lowest average number being the best.

Harbaugh’s score placed him firmly in the second-tier of NFL coaches and one spot behind his brother, Jim, who coaches the San Francisco 49ers.

Harbaugh’s on-field success can’t be questioned, as Sando points out. The Super Bowl XLVII winner has a career .651 winning percentage as a head coach, and the Ravens’ 71 wins since he took over are second only to New England, whose coach, Bill Belichick, ranks atop this list.

The piece is behind ESPN’s Insider paywall, so out of deference, I won’t spoil the entire thing. Harbaugh likely won't be happy that he's just behind his brother, but he's in a tier with fellow Super Bowl winners Tom Coughlin (New York Giants), Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers), and Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers).

To me, Harbaugh’s accomplishments warrant such a rating. But that’s just one man’s opinion. Let us know in the comments where you’d rank Harbaugh among the NFL’s head coaches.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect ranking for Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.

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