NFLN survey/Coach: Ravens

January, 28, 2014
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The Baltimore Ravens' John Harbaugh finished No. 9 in an ESPN.com survey of the most popular head coaches among players.

Of the 320 players polled, Harbaugh received 10 votes as the coach they would most like to play for. This trailed the likes of Pete Carroll (71 votes), Mike Tomlin (44) and John Fox (26). John Harbaugh even ranked behind his brother Jim Harbaugh, who got 16 votes.

This is where I thought John Harbaugh would finish. Players are inclined to play for him if they want to play for a contender. Harbaugh won a playoff game in each of his first five seasons as head coach and led the Ravens to a Super Bowl title a year ago.

But Harbaugh has a reputation for being tough on players. He wants the best out of them, and he doesn't want to slack off whether it's on the practice field, in meetings or in the weight room. Still, those who play under him respect how he seeks input. Harbaugh has weekly meetings with a players' leadership council and often sits down in the cafeteria with players to chat.

In terms of the AFC North, Harbaugh finished second in the survey, behind Tomlin and ahead of Marvin Lewis (six votes).

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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