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Peter King: John Harbaugh has chance to be Baltimore's Chuck Noll

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In his latest Monday Morning Quarterback column, Peter King thinks Harbaugh has the chance to be the Ravens head coach for a long, long time.

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Mild success doesn't cut it anymore in the NFL. Just look around the league at places like Atlanta, Houston and Indianapolis as examples.

Shortly after the 2014 regular season ended, the Falcons fired coach Mike Smith after two down years in a row, despite the fact they had winning records in Smith's first five seasons, something that had never happened in franchise history. The Texans fired Gary Kubiak during the 2013 season with his team slumping, even though he'd taken them to their first two playoff appearances the previous years. And in Indianapolis, the Colts went 2-14 after being unable to overcome losing Peyton Manning in 2011. Jim Caldwell was fired as a result, even though Indianapolis had been to a Super Bowl and playoff appearance the previous two seasons.

That's life in the big leagues. The moment you slip is the moment you're cut loose.

Through seven years since 2008, Ravens coach John Harbaugh has yet to have that moment. He's been to the postseason six times, with the case made that his team actually overachieved in 2013 at 8-8. He's back in the playoffs and led his team to yet another win in a postseason opener.

This led the Monday Morning Quarterback himself, Peter King, to ask Harbaugh if he could picture himself as a Chuck Noll type, a coach that can stay in one place for years and years to come. Noll, of course, was Pittsburgh's long-time coach for 23 seasons.

From King's story:

I met Harbaugh in a corner of the Ravens’ locker room Saturday night. I said to Harbaugh after the 30-17 win over the SteelersI could see you being a Chuck Noll, lasting a long time in Baltimore. Could you?

"Personally," he said, "that would be the ultimate accomplishment. The Chuck Nolls, the Don Shulas … What those guys did, that would be the ultimate thing, because having success over a long period of time, the way the National Football League is set up nowadays, that would be an incredible thing. That would be … that would just be something, really."

He was surprised by the question, and he got a little emotional answering it.

That's any coach's dream if you think about it, to be in one spot for the long haul. Harbaugh has been blessed with the Ravens as his first — and potentially only — head coaching gig. He has a hands-off owner in Steve Bisciotti, a top-notch general manager in Ozzie Newsome and business-minded Dick Cass to work with collectively. The working relationship in Owings Mills has helped create a winning atmosphere in Harbaugh's seven years in Baltimore. With all the internal conflict you read about elsewhere, very little — if any — seems to leak out of The Castle.

Not a lot of front offices, coaches and teams could overcome what Baltimore went through this past year, on and off the field. Baltimore Beatdown's Chuck Mills wrote about Harbaugh's candidacy for Coach of the Year due to this fact.

We live in a win now or go home world with today's NFL. Harbaugh's consistency — 72 wins in seven seasons, 10 wins in 14 playoff games — has put him in a top-tier category, perhaps with only New England's Bill Belichick as his coaching counterpart in the NFL.

Baltimore's fortunate to have Harbaugh at the helm. And unlike the revolving door much of the NFL can be, Harbaugh appears to set to lead this football team for many years.