The Baltimore Ravens have announced that they have extended John Harbaugh‘s contract this morning. Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun adds that the deal will add an addition three-years to his current deal which will leave him under contract until 2014.
A few years ago, Harbaugh, who was the Philadelphia Eagles Special teams coordinator, was considered to be a surprising hire by the Ravens but he has turned the initial skepticism into positive support during his three years in Baltimore.
Harbaugh has coached the Ravens to three playoff wins in the last three years with Joe Flacco as his starting quarterback. While coaches and players will always be judged by the amount of Super Bowls that they win, Harbaugh has done a good job maintaining the Ravens tough defense despite aging leaders like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
The biggest challenge for Harbuagh lies the seasons to come as he and Ozzie Newsome will have to continue to rebuild the teams roster while continuing to maximize the teams on-the-field play. Filling roster holes will be a longterm process but getting more production out of Harbaugh’s offense should be their top priority.