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Harman lone coaching holdover from 2000 team

When the Ravens captured the Super Bowl to conclude the 2000 season, the coaching staff was headlined by head coach Brian Billick, defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh and also included a trio of future head coaches in defensive line coach Rex Ryan (now with the New York Jets), linebackers coach Jack Del Rio (Jacksonville Jaguars) and defensive assistant Mike Smith (Atlanta Falcons).

The tight ends and assistant offensive line coach was Wade Harman, who is the lone holdover from that championship team. And as the organization prepares to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of that Super Bowl victory, Harman was asked about his memories of that time.

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"One thing was that it was a very special group of guys that really cared about each other," he recalled Friday. "When it was practice time, they got down to business, but when the horn blew, they had fun. They cared about each other, picked on each other, but when it was time to get something done, you knew they were going to get it done. They knew how to work and they knew how to have fun. They could separate the two."

The 2000 squad is celebrated for boasting one of the stingiest defenses in NFL history. It also is remembered for enduring a five-game stretch without scoring an offensive touchdown.

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Despite that, Harman said morale remained consistent.

"Earlier, we had some struggles," he said. "But the funny thing about the struggles was that no one blamed anybody, no one got down on anybody, no one turned on anybody. They just kept working through it, and we got on a roll. And then we went to Tennessee in the regular season and won there [24-23 on Nov. 12 to become the first team to beat the Titans at Adelphia Coliseum]. I think those events got us thinking, 'Gosh, you know what? We're pretty good. We can go to a lot of places and win a lot of games with this team,' and I think the guys realized it. They felt that no one could beat them. It didn't matter how many points we had to score. We knew the defense had our back if we needed to come back and score. I think the guys had a lot of confidence after going through some of the trials and tribulations that we had earlier on in the season. I think that strengthened us as a team."

It goes without saying that Harman is the longest-tenured coach on the Ravens staff, and the former linebacker who played at Utah State and Drake said he feels blessed to enjoy such longevity in a position known for its transient ways.

"If you look around the league, you understand what this business is about," Harman said. "You don't get to stay around very often. You hope that you move on because of your own ambitions and opportunities. I moved a lot before I got here, so I'm very surprised that I could stay around and I'm pleased to be able to do it."

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