Friday, January 7, 2011
John Harbaugh excited for sibling rivalry
By James Walker
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he's excited that his younger brother, Jim Harbaugh, has joined the NFL head- coaching fraternity. The San Francisco 49ers signed Jim Harbaugh to a five-year contract Friday.
Both brothers are extremely competitive. John Harbaugh said he shared the same bedroom with his brother when they were kids, so they have been "wrestling around for quite some time." Now their sibling rivalry will be revisited in the NFL as opposing head coaches.
The Ravens are scheduled to play the 49ers in Baltimore next season in a game with plenty of interesting storylines.
"I am very happy that he's not in the AFC," John Harbaugh said on a conference call Friday evening. "We will see him once every four [years], plus Super Bowls, right, if we find a way to get a couple of those. But my mom is very relieved that's the case. They're going to have a really tough time next year when they schedule that game. ... My dad said he's just going to go take a walk during the game and not watch any of it."
The Harbaughs have had great success the past few seasons. John Harbaugh has led Baltimore to three playoff appearances in three seasons with the Ravens (12-4), who will play the Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) Sunday in the wild-card round. Jim Harbaugh turned the Stanford program around and just completed a BCS victory in the Orange Bowl.
Perhaps partly due to John Harbaugh's success, Jim Harbaugh was the hottest coaching commodity at the college level. Recent history has shown collegiate coaches struggle making the jump to the NFL.
In the past week, Jim Harbaugh was heavily pursued by the 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos.
"I know some guys haven't made the transition from college, but I know Jim," John Harbaugh said. "I know that he's got a wide spectrum of talent and ability, especially relationship ability. I have no doubt in my mind that he will be successful."