In today's NFL, head coaches who survive as long as Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has are a rare breed.
But according to CBS play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz, if the Ravens were to part ways with the Super Bowl-winning coach, who has been in Baltimore since 2008, they may regret it.
"If there's a change at coach, it would take about two seconds before someone snaps up John Harbaugh. I can't think of a coach I respect any more than John," Nantz said on
Glenn Clark Radio
Nov. 30. "He's got an amazing presence about him. Look what he's done. He's done great things for this organization."
"I know that's kind of the modern-day thinking. One bad season, coach has got to go," he added. "I don't agree with it at all. What's happened here in the last two weeks has been pretty remarkable. Baltimore's gone from a story of they've got to make sweeping changes at the end of year to now where the Ravens sit in a playoff spot."
In the three weeks since quarterback Joe Flacco went down with a hip injury, rookie Lamar Jackson has stepped in and performed admirably, rushing for 265 total yards in victories against the Cincinnati Bengals Nov. 18, Oakland Raiders Nov. 25 and Atlanta Falcons Dec. 2.
The Ravens now sit in the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC with four games to play. If Harbaugh were to be let go after the season, he wouldn't last long on the open market, Nantz said.
"I don't know what's going to happen and I don't think anybody does, including Coach Harbaugh, but man, I tell you he would be option No. 1 if he became available," Nantz said. "And that's not to say that there won't be change here and maybe John wants change. I have no idea, I have no insight on that, but I know he's going to be in this league for a long time. He's been hugely successful."
Other teams who have long-tenured coaches, namely New England Patriots with head coach Bill Belichick, appear to have dodged the current trend of repeated hiring and firings. But rosters across the league are constantly changing, as well, something Nantz said the Ravens have avoided to some degree.
"The league is always in a constant change, a state of flux in most cases. Then you say, 'Well what about [quarterback Tom] Brady and Belichick?' But you really look at the parts around them, they've made changes as much as anybody," Nantz said. "The number of people that have rotated through at running back, wide receiver, all through that roster, they've always been full of change."
"I think in a lot of ways the Ravens have had less change than just about anybody in the league. They've had kind of the same parts in place for a long time."
Ravens players like linebacker Terrell Suggs have helped maintain some consistency throughout the years, Nantz said.
"I think it's pretty cool that Suggs is still around, still making great plays. He's the last link to some really fantastic years."
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