11:45 AM PST, January 21, 2013
Which Harbaugh brother would you want to coach your team? Reporters from around the Tribune family tackle the question of the day.
Ron Fritz, Baltimore Sun
Which brother would I want? Neither. I want their dad, Jack Harbaugh, to coach my team. I’d pay whatever I had to so he would leave the comfy confines of his basement in Wisconsin to return to this sideline. It probably wouldn’t take much to get him back in the game, either.
Then he’d hire Jim as offensive coordinator and John as defensive coordinator/associate head coach (since he’s older), with sister Joani overseeing special teams. Jack Harbaugh instilled his coaching beliefs in his sons and they’ve won, just like he did as a college coach.
Expect a fierce battle on Feb. 3 in New Orleans, but one Harbaugh brother will have to lose. And you can bet that the rest of the family will rally around him even while expressing their joy for the other.
Jack is the ultimate coach, but he also seems to be the ultimate family man. I’d want him leading my team.
Omar Kelly, South Florida Sun Sentinel
The new NFL is a quarterback driven league. The teams that showcase them, and the coaches that produce them are the league's top shelf entrees.
Jim and John Harbaugh have done a good job grooming quarterbacks during their tenures as the 49ers and Ravens head coach, but if I had to pick one to lead my franchise it would be Jim.
Not only was Jim a decent starting quarterback in the NFL, but during his tenure with the 49ers he transformed Alex Smith from a first-round bust into one of the league's most efficient quarterbacks before unleashing Colin Kaepernick on the world.
John has helped Joe Flacco blossom into one of the best playoff quarterbacks in NFL history, but his Ravens team also features two first ballot Hall of Fame defenders in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
But considering these brothers have comparable teams we'll soon learn who is the best X's and O's coach.
Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune
You couldn’t go wrong with either Harbaugh. In fact, you probably couldn’t go wrong with their father Jack, either, or John and Jim’s brother-in-law Tom Crean, the men’s basketball coach at Indiana. All Jim has done is make it to the NFL’s final four in his first year and the NFL’s final two in his second year. He has taken bold gambles, developed quarterbacks and presided over an unpredictable offense. All John has done is make the playoffs in each of his five years as a head coach, and gone 8-4 in the postseason. Both are solid, solid football men who have been preparing for the Super Bowl since they were kids watching game film on a sheet in their basement with their father. You might even say they were born for this game.
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