Raven makes sure to lock John Harbaugh with the extension

The Baltimore Ravens wisely extended longtime head coach John Harbaugh for another three years.

John Harbaugh isn’t going anywhere, as the Baltimore Ravens renewed their longtime head coach for three more seasons on Tuesday afternoon.

Harbaugh has been with the Ravens since the 2008 NFL season. He led the franchise to its most recent Super Bowl victory in 2012. With Lamar Jackson firmly established as the team’s franchise quarterback , Harbaugh is capable of securing the job as well as any head coach in the league. He signed a contract this year this season, but looks set to stay on as the third longest-tenured NFL head coach.

Only Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) and Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers) have been with their respective organizations longer than Harbaugh with Raven.

Baltimore Ravens extend head coach John Harbaugh to 2022 NFL season

Since leaving Cleveland and becoming the Raven in 1996, Baltimore has been one of the better performing organizations in the league. While they don’t often commit better fouls in football, they do have a strong cultural identity, based on great defensive play and an absolutely brilliant talent assessment during the draft. It makes things easier for Harbaugh.

No coach should want to go into a season with an expiring contract, especially one as long-term as Harbaugh. Baltimore may be one of the standout teams in the AFC North, but the Cincinnati Bengals have just earned the right to the conference during Joe Burrow’s second season in Queen City. Stability will be key to staying relevant in the NFL’s black and blue division.

Ultimately, it’s more bizarre that Harbaugh hasn’t been extended beyond this season than the fact that he’s gotten three years from his current deal with the franchise. The guy is a Super Bowl-winning coach and almost never has a bad team in Charm City. It doesn’t mean he has a lifetime contract with Baltimore, but it looks like Harbaugh will coach there indefinitely.

This contract extension relieves Harbaugh’s pressure to get Raven into the knockout stages in 2022. Raven makes sure to lock John Harbaugh with the extension

John Verrall

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