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Ravens nearing an extension with longtime head coach John Harbaugh, per report

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The Baltimore Ravens and John Harbaugh are closing in on an extension that is expected to be completed within the next few weeks, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. Harbaugh, who has coached the Ravens since 2008, is entering the final year of his current contract. 

Harbaugh signed his current deal in January of 2019 after leading Baltimore from a 4-5 start to a 10-6 finish during Lamar Jackson’s first season in Baltimore. During the next two seasons, the Ravens went a combined 25-11 during the regular season and 1-2 in the postseason. Baltimore went 8-9 this past season after an 8-3 start. 

The 59-year-old Harbaugh has compiled a 137-88 regular season record and an 11-8 postseason record. In 2012, Harbaugh led the Ravens to the franchise’s second Super Bowl title following a 34-31 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Under Harbaugh’s watch, the Ravens have secured nine playoff berths, four AFC North division titles and three AFC Championship Game appearances. 

Harbaugh is three wins away from passing Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy for 26th all-time in regular season wins. He is one of just 18 coaches in NFL history with at least 10 postseason victories. Harbaugh’s .609 regular season winning percentage is the 33rd-highest mark in league annals, while his .579 postseason winning percentage is tied for the 28th highest mark in NFL history. 

Before arriving in Baltimore, Harbaugh served as the Eagles‘ special teams coach from 1998-06 and their defensive backs coach in 2007. He spent 14 years in the college coaching ranks that included eight seasons as the special teams coordinator at the University of Cincinnati. 

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