The Harbaughs come to town

John Harbaugh is the Ravens head coach, but it feels like Steve Bisciotti hired the whole Harbaugh family.

His dad Jack coached for 41 years in the college ranks, winning a national title with Western Kentucky.

His brother Jim is the best known with a 15 year career in the NFL and now as head coach at Stanford. His first year with the Cardinal saw upsets over USC and Cal.

Another resource for John in the family comes from Tom Crean, the head men’s basketball coach at Marquette. Crean has a Final Four under his belt.

All of that success at running teams has to be a big part of why Bisciotti would take a gamble on an unproven head coach. Bisciotti seemed to revel in hiring a guy that was off most everyone’s radar, claiming he’s made a pretty good living off hiring guys with thin resumes.

Do the Harbaugh coaches really make up for never having had to make real time game decisions? Doubtful, but John Harbaugh strikes as someone who’s smart, but not brilliant. He won’t get bogged down by the minutiae of every decision as we witness from Brian Billick over the years. You get eight seconds to make a decision, he’ll make it. Now we just have to wait and see if enough of the decisions prove correct.

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