John Smallwood: Ravens' Harbaugh victim of success, like Andy Reid
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Sep 12, 2012
Like Reid, Harbaugh is becoming a victim of his own success after taking the Ravens to the playoffs in his first four seasons. Besides his father, few coaches' words hold greater weight with John Harbaugh than Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid. It was Reid who shifted Harbaugh to secondary coach during his final season on the Eagles' coaching staff, a move that boosted the resume of the longtime special teams coordinator prior to being hired by Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. Granted, things in Baltimore are not quite as edgy in Philadelphia when the Eagles first lost three consecutive NFC Championship Games and then came up short in Super Bowl XXXIX, but Harbaugh is entering that hot zone his old boss, Reid, has occupied for close to a decade now. But without a Super Bowl title, they have now become an albatross highlighting what he has not accomplished rather than accentuating what he has.