Wait… John Harbaugh Hasn’t Signed His Extension?
John Harbaugh could win an award for ‘Turnaround of the year’ and ‘not being stubborn with your quarterback.’ Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens were 4-5 heading into the bye. With Harbaugh’s final year in his contract and a new general manager, there was much uncertainty if he would be back for the 2019 season. Then, Lamar Jackson happened for the long-time coach. Jackson and Harbaugh worked together to turn around the Ravens where they won six of their last seven games of the season to win the AFC North. Some think the team’s old school approach could lead them all the way to the Super Bowl. But there’s still a chance he could be coaching elsewhere. From MMQB’s Albert Breer’s Monday column, he made it known that Harbaugh hasn’t signed his extension.
Harbaugh will consider all the factors before signing an extension, knowing he’d be in demand if he became available. I can also say this: There are teams closely watching, and considering what might happen if he decides not to sign a new deal.
When you watched the Ravens-Chargers Saturday night game, the NFL Network reported that Harbaugh signed his extension to keep him coaching the Ravens. Now, a national NFL reporter is saying it isn’t a #DoneDeal. Okay then. This makes things a little interesting, right? Only if Baltimore loses on Sunday. Then it’s the offseason for Baltimore. If they win, I’m not sure a team will wait this long for a coach to maybe not sign with a team that suddenly has a bright future with Jackson at the helm.
The real bitch of the beast could be if next year Baltimore takes a step back with Jackson, and the new general manager decides to start with his new coach versus staying with Harbaugh. That would really suck because he will be the best name in 2020 likely, and if he were in the coaching search game in 2019, Harbaugh would be the number one guy. My guess is Green Bay shows interest if something breaks down in the extension process.