John Harbaugh was exactly the leader the Ravens needed

But after McKinnie requested a clear-the-air meeting with his coach and proved he could be effective again, Harbaugh shuffled three-fifths of the offensive line to get the big man back in the starting lineup.

Who gives their offensive line line a nearly complete make-over going into the playoffs? But the move immediately stabilized the line, and the protection for Joe Flacco was outstanding the rest of the way.

Give Harbaugh credit: he coached his tail off this season. And he held this team together through a ton of adversity.

"It was a masterful job," owner Steve Bisciotti said at the recent "State of the Ravens" news conference.

Yes, it was.

I don't want to make Harbaugh sound like Winston Churchill here. But in some of the Ravens' darkest hours, he was exactly the leader they needed.

Kevin.cowherd@baltsun.com

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