Flacco & Harbaugh Are The New Brady & Belichick
Ever since Tom Brady stepped in for Drew Bledsoe, Bill Belichick’s Patriots have thrived. Brady and Belichick are the all time winningest QB-Coach combination in NFL history. Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens are catching up.
Joe Flacco was not even supposed to be the starter for the Ravens in 2008, but with a hurt Troy Smith and an ill Kyle Boller, Flacco was given the reigns. John Harbaugh now had a rookie quarterback to work with in his own rookie year as a coach. Nobody would have guessed that Baltimore would be playing in the AFC Championship game that season.
The Ravens have now made the playoffs in 6 of the past 7 years. Its hard to believe that this is the 7th season of the Harbaugh/Flacco era, an era which has seen no losing seasons for Baltimore. The Ravens impressive QB-Coach duo is an impressive 71-37 record. They have played in 3 AFC Championship games and have won a Super Bowl.
The Ravens play the Patriots on Saturday, the winner advances to the AFC Championship game. The two best QB-Coach duos of this generation will collide for their 4th playoff meeting. The first was in 2009 when the Ravens hammered the Patriots in the wild card round. The other two meetings were for a trip to the Super Bowl. The Patriots won in 2011 and the Ravens redeemed themselves in 2012.
The Ravens have consistently been the thorn in the Patriots side. No matter the result, the game was always brutally physical. It was Bill Belichick himself who recommended that the Ravens interview John Harbaugh. Now it is John Harbaugh who is emulating Belichick’s success.
Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh are the new Brady and Belichick. They have the special something that results in win after win. Harbaugh is a players coach who runs an organized and impressive machine of a football team. Flacco is a clutch passer who steps up to the biggest moments. Together they are almost unstoppable. Saturday has such an historic context for these two duos and their teams.,