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Ravens head coach John Harbaugh could only chuckle when asked about an incident when his brother, current Stanford head coach Jim, gave officials in Baltimore’s 27-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers a piece of his mind on Monday.
“We’ve got to get Coach Harbaugh under control, but it’s the other one, right?” John Harbaugh said with a laugh on Wednesday. “One time I turned around, and we were having the debate about the two-minute time management situation out there – that the officials handled in a certain way – and I look back there and there’s Jim there screaming at the official. I was like, ‘You can’t be out here. Back up.’”
The sequence of events, when Jim Harbaugh walked onto the turf at Lambeau Field near the end of the fourth quarter, was caught by the ESPN Monday Night Footballbroadcast. John Harbaugh said he expected some sort of penalty from the NFL this week, but a league spokesman said there would not be any fines.
So why were Jim and Jack Harbaugh, their father and a longtime NCAA coaching veteran who won the 2002 Division I-AA championship, on the sideline?
“Because I want them there,” the Ravens coach simply said. “They’re coaches, and over the course of time, if you go back to the championship game and the run that we had last year, the Dallas game when Jim was down there, every now and then I’ll go back and say, ‘What do you think?’ And Jim has grabbed Cam [Cameron, offensive coordinator] on a thing here or there, and my dad’s grabbed me on a thing or two here or there. So, it’s a good thing.”