Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Harbaugh sixth candidate to interview for Ravens job
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach
John Harbaugh met for four hours with Baltimore Ravens officials on
Tuesday as the team's latest candidate for its head coaching job.
Harbaugh was the sixth candidate to interview for the vacancy
created last week when owner Steve Bisciotti fired Brian Billick
and his entire staff after nine seasons.
"I don't think there's any one way to prepare to be a head
coach," Harbaugh said before leaving Ravens headquarters. "I
don't think you're a head coach until you become a head coach and
you find out what your style is. Everybody applies their
experiences, their talents, their efforts and then you see what
happens. Andy Reid was never a coordinator before being a head
coach and he's one of the best in the league."
Harbaugh, 45, coached Eagles special teams for seven seasons
before shifting to defense last year. He has been an assistant
coach at Indiana, Cincinnati, Morehead State, Pittsburgh and
The Ravens also have interviewed Indianapolis Colts assistant
head coach Jim Caldwell; Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach Tony
Sparano; Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett; recently
dismissed Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan; and New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
"Up, down, sideways, from the very top, it's a very impressive
place to visit," Harbaugh said. "I knew the Ravens had a great
organization. Now, I see why. Good people. First-class all the way.
It's been challenging, but it has been fun."
Three candidates have declined to interview with the Ravens: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Iowa head
coach Kirk Ferentz and Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Rob
Ryan interviewed Tuesday for the Miami Dolphins' coaching
position after meeting Monday with the Atlanta Falcons.