That victory led to the recognition that he is one of the NFL’s best coaches, if he wasn’t viewed as one already.
NFL.com, the league’s official website, has published their head coach power rankings, listing the top coaches in the league. Harbaugh was third, which seems pretty reasonable until you look at who is just ahead of him.
It’s understandable that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick topped the list. But it is a little surprising that Jim Harbaugh, John’s brash younger brother and the coach of the team the Ravens beat in the Super Bowl, was ranked second.
“Jim has a slight edge over John, if only because of his ability to get the best out of players who didn't perform under the old regime,” Elliot Harrison, who put together the list for NFL.com, rationalized. “That said, right now the Harbaughs are 2a and 2b. Jim Harbaugh earned this spot after proving that his maiden voyage in 2011 was not some big fantasy. Now he's dealing with big expectations, as the 49ers are once again considered favorites in the NFC. Winning 24 regular-season games and making a Super Bowl in his first two seasons as head coach is truly special, especially considering where the franchise was before he arrived.”
Jim Harbaugh has had a lot of success in his first two years in San Francisco, but John Harbaugh still might not be getting enough credit for stabilizing the Ravens organization and taking the Ravens to five straight playoffs, three AFC championship games and a Super Bowl. I already did a Harbaugh brother tale of the tape before the Super Bowl, so there is no need for me to further compare the two.
Besides, even if he cared about lists like this, John Harbaugh is probably too preoccupied today to even know that this exists. After all, he’s the coach who is posing with the President as I type this.