Not everyone is flawless, even Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. Mistakes are a part of life, and sometimes they become a blessing in disguise.
In 2008, as the Ravens searched for their third head coach in franchise history, the organization and fans were left dejected as Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett played the Ravens for a pay increase and promotion with the then popular “head coach in waiting” label. A day later, a 45-year old Philadelphia Eagles special teams coach was hired by the Ravens, and the same question echoed throughout Charm City.
“Who the hell is John Harbaugh?”
Fast forward five playoff appearances, three AFC Championship Game appearances and a World Championship later, Harbaugh certainly has proved to be nothing short of a blessing.
Sure, he’s left the ears of referees and players ringing after voicing his opinions as any driven head coach should and he’s made almost ever media member feel awkward after asking a question at one point or another. But Harbaugh’s cheerful attitude “attacking each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind” is displayed tenfold.
Around the training facility, it’s an unwritten rule to not ask Harbaugh about the past. Even though he just led a team to a Super Bowl title, publicly, Harbaugh has spoken more about practice and preparing for training camp than speaking about the perks of being champions (ie: White House, Ring Ceremony etc.)
Even though Harbaugh may not talk much about the past, he gave all 22 coaches on his staff a gift that will allow them to forever cherish the 2012 season.
According to the National Football Post, on June 18, the last day of work for the coaching staff before vacation, Harbaugh purchased replica Vince Lombardi trophies for each of his assistant coaches.
Each replica is believed to cost in the neighborhood of $10,000-$20,000 according to NFL, putting Harbaugh’s tab with Tiffany & Co. somewhere in the ballpark of $200,000. With an annual income of $4 million per year, Harbaugh can certainly afford to splurge for his coaching staff, but this is a present that is more about capturing the spirit of “TEAM” and carrying it forward than the price tag associated with these precious metals.
The Ravens are a first class organization and it’s clear that stretches beyond the front office.
Let’s just hope Harbs ordered one for himself.