Jim and John Harbaugh were the first brothers in history to coach opposing teams in the Super Bowl…in the NFL for that matter. I certainly didn’t expect to see a “Harbowl,” but it proved to be dramatic. The 49ers made what looked like a blowout, into a nail biter. That being said, a good effort at the end doesn’t necessarily equal a title; John Harbaugh and the Ravens pulled off the victory. So, who is the better coach?
During the Super Bowl, I was hoping for any little flag against the 49ers not so they would get penalized, but to see Jim Harbaugh throw a tantrum. The play towards the end where the official, in my opinion was correct with a no call on the Ravens, was one of the most entertaining moments of the game. Jim threw his headset, clipboard flying…hilarious. John, on the other hand, has a little more of a subtle approach. Although, I did see him get riled up after the power outage.
John Harbaugh has been the head coach of the Ravens since 2008 and has had a playoff win in each of those years. Consistency and staying power is one of the hardest things in the NFL to do, and although it’s only been a few years, I believe he is just now hitting his stride as head coach. I think a lot has to be said for his cool demeanor and confidence.
Jim Harbaugh only just completed his second year in the NFL. He left his head coaching job at Stanford to join his brother in the NFL. One of the hardest things to do as a head coach coming from the NCAA is continuing your success at the professional level. Many have tried it and failed including Steve Spurrier and Bobby Petrino. I have to give credit where credit is due…for Jim Harbaugh to come into a 49er’s program that was at the bottom of their division and win the Super Bowl two years later is an incredible feat. He also made a gutsy call about halfway in the season making Colin Kaepernick, a second year player with no NFL experience, the starting QB job ahead of Alex Smith. Smith was a proven winner, leading San Francisco into the playoffs last season, but Harbaugh felt Kaepernick provided a little something extra. Something that could take them all the way. While a lot of people were left second guessing him, Harbaugh stuck by his decision and was right. Kaepernick has become a game-changer in a very short amount of time.
Who do you think is better?
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