SB Nation solicited my biased input on the merits of Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh versus those of his brother, Jim, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. John's Ravens are in first place in the AFC North while Jim's 49ers are tied for the top spot with the surprising Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West.
Of course, to me and what I believe should be any rational and sane NFL football fan, the track record of four playoff appearances in four straight years, going on five, should be the clear indication of the superior coaching Harbaugh. However, there are those who live a bit closer to the west coast or may in fact just be envious of the Ravens success, who might argue otherwise.
The Harbaugh Brothers Are Both Elite Coaches is the title of the SB Nation story and at this point I'm inclined to agree and while their Thanksgiving Night Football game from last season was a classic, fans of either coach would love to see the first brother-versus-brother coaching Super Bowl teams come early February.
Here's my contribution to the article:
Although Jim played in the NFL from 1987-2000, there is nothing like real experience at this level. Having a team to lead with solid veterans only makes the transition to the top spot easier for John. Hiring coordinators with solid coaching resumes makes it easier for him and allows him to concentrate on what got him to this level in the first place. He learned this from their father, Jack – leadership, respect, motivation and knowing how to make his players better people. That combination as well as making the playoffs in all four of his head coaching seasons – and likely on his way to a fifth this year – makes John the better of the two coaching Harbaugh brothers. At least right now.