The League

David Aldridge
Sports Reporter

David Aldridge

A nationally recognized sports journalist.

Hail Zorn, and Harbaugh


I know John Harbaugh just a little bit from our mutual days together in Philadelphia, and I think he's the goods. He was pigeonholed as "just" a special teams coach by some, which always amazes me; some of the best coaching in the NFL is done by teams coaches, among whose graduates are Marv Levy, who got the Bills to four Super Bowls as a head coach.

Anyway, Harbaugh's Eagles teams units were always strong; he'd moved on to coach the defensive backs by last season, when Philly's return teams had a disastrous season. He's learned from Andy Reid, who's awful for us reporters to deal with on a daily basis, but has been one of the league's best coaches for a decade. Reid's preparation and attention to detail are second to none, and Harbaugh brought that no-nonsense approach to Baltimore, where the Ravens had gotten a little too loose under Brian Billick.

Liked Harbaugh's first major hire, bringing Cam Cameron in as offensive coordinator. Cameron failed as a head man in Miami, but he's been one of the game's best offensive minds for more than a decade, dating back to his pro debut here in Washington as the quarterbacks' coach. And Harbaugh managed to keep Rex Ryan around as defensive coordinator even though Ryan had coveted the head coaching job, and many of the players wanted him to get it.

The Ravens will be tough, physical, and smart under Harbaugh, and that will win them a lot of football games in the years to come.

Tony Sparano...not so much. Just a hunch, but I don't think direct snaps to the halfback are the strongest foundation on which to build a champion.

Parochial note: Let's just say I'm stunned at the current fortunes of the local team. All Hail Zorn, the leader of the...maroon, black and yellow.

By David Aldridge  |  September 30, 2008; 10:41 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
Previous: Smith Needs to Win, Or Else | Next: NFL Playoffs Are a Diamond


Please email us to report offensive comments.

Just how big is the Mike Holmgren coaching tree at this point, I mean how many HC's have come out of his staff and the staff of those?

He may not have the rings of some HOF coaches but his coaching tree may be the biggest in the NFL today.

Posted by: Alex35332 | October 1, 2008 6:54 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company