John Harbaugh Will Return In 2019

After a lot of speculation about his job security, John Harbaugh will be returning to coach the Ravens in 2019, the team announced in a tweet.

The brief statement read “John Harbaugh will continue as our coach for the 2019 season, and [we] are working on an extension to his existing contract, which expires after the 2019 season.” It had previously been reported that Harbaugh had been on the hot seat and was facing “mounting pressure” in Baltimore. One recent report said that Ravens players were expecting Harbaugh to be fired if the team didn’t make the playoffs, but that clearly wasn’t the case. The Ravens are still far from assured a playoff spot with two games to go, but ownership clearly appreciated how Harbaugh was able to stabilize the team and get things turned around after it looked for a while like their season was collapsing.

The Ravens have won four of their last five games since making the switch to Lamar Jackson under center, and can still very easily win the AFC North. The decision to bring back Harbaugh could have an interesting domino effect on the rest of the league, as Mike Garafolo of NFL Network noted in a tweet that “other teams would’ve been ready to pounce” had Harbaugh been let go. That echoes the sentiment we’ve heard all season, which is that Harbaugh would’ve been the hottest head coaching candidate out there, and would’ve been pretty much guaranteed to have found a new job. This move means there will be at least one more job opening for other candidates than there would’ve been if he hadn’t been retained.

The announcement comes the day before the team’s pivotal Saturday night game against the Chargers in Los Angeles. Jackson has led the team to a 4-1 record, but has faced five relatively weak defenses, and will get by far his toughest test yet in a nationally televised game. Fortunately for Harbaugh, his job will now be safe no matter what happens.

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  1. crosseyedlemon

    These types of decisions should be quite easy for the Ravens. They simply have to ask the Orioles owners what they would do and then do the exact opposite.

  2. Brad

    Does this mean he beats Flacco? Felt like it was both at first, but then turned into one or the other. I think Flacco, Tate, and Bell would immediately help the Jets offense.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Coaches are extremely loyal to QBs that help them acquire a ring so Flacco probably remains a Raven. If forced out, I think Joe would much rather take a short walk to Washington to provide insurance in case Smith can’t rebound than join the Jets who already have their guy for the future.

      • Steven Juris

        Flacco is all but most assuredly gone. Not going to have that much salary sitting on the bench.

      • cka2nd

        At this point, I’d be more loyal to the QB who helped me keep my job than the QB who got me my ring six years ago but hasn’t taken me to the top of even the division since.

  3. Whateverworks77

    By my count..if he doesnt get fired, it is 1 less job opening…not 1 more… who proof reads this stuff

    • Boston1897

      But they were saying one more for other people. Though if he’d get to name his job like they said it’d be a net zero change.

  4. goldenmisfit

    Cannot believe no one else has figured this out. This is the Baltimore ravens saying we are more than happy with keeping him for next season but if there is any team who wants him that bad they would have to give up draft capital to get him.

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