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Late For Work 4/20: John Harbaugh Makes It Clear: Tyrod Taylor No. 2 QB

Where does Harbs fall on the NFL head coach rankings? Ravens have 2nd-toughest schedule.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 9:13 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Harbs Makes It Clear: Taylor No. 2 QB

Tyrod Taylor is Joe Flacco’s backup.

The signing of Curtis Painter hasn’t changed that.

“Tyrod is our No. 2 quarterback; I want to make that very clear,” Harbaugh told WBAL radio yesterday.

“Everybody competes for their job, there’s no doubt about it, we believe in that, we always will, but he’s our No. 2 quarterback. He’s entrenched as our No. 2 quarterback.”

Harbaugh said that Painter is currently the No. 3 quarterback, and that the team may opt to continue to have a third arm on the roster throughout the season, whether that position is given to Painter or someone else. The Ravens’ head coach is also leaving the door open to bringing in a fourth signal caller during training camp.

“In the end, we would rather have three than two,” Harbaugh said. “I think people were concerned about that last year. Joe has been extremely durable, but knock on wood, if something would happen or if something would happen to Tyrod.

“We need another quarterback right now for the offseason too. That’s why we did it right now. We have to have the extra arm right now to throw to our guys.”

Harbaugh was complimentary of both Painter and Kyle Boller’s workout yesterday. Painter already has an established relationship with Quarterback Coach Jim Caldwell as they worked with each other for three years in Indianapolis.

“Curtis threw really well, has a great relationship with Jim Caldwell, understands Jim’s teaching progression,” said Harbaugh. “But, man, the guy came in here and really zipped it around and really looked good. So that just strengthens our football team.”

Boller, who never really had the chance to play for Harbaugh because he was placed on injured reserve when the head coach came to town in 2008, also impressed Ravens brass in his workout with the team.

“Kyle’s a great guy,” Harbaugh said. “I’ll tell you what, he threw really well [Thursday] just for the record. So everybody knows, he came in here and he zipped it around really well and that’s a credit to him.”

Head Coach Rankings – Where Does Harbs Fall?

John Harbaugh is the fifth-best NFL head coach, says NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison.

The only coaches ranked ahead of Harbaugh all have Super Bowl rings.

The Patriots’ Bill Belichick was listed as the league’s best, followed by the Giants’ Tom Coughlin, Packers’ Mike McCarthy and Steelers’ Mike Tomlin.

“Some people might feel this is a little high for him, but it’s hard to argue with his track record,” Harrison wrote of Harbaugh. “The former special teams coach took over a 5-11 club following the 2007 season and led it to the AFC championship game in his first season. The Ravens haven’t missed the postseason during Harbaugh’s tenure and have made it to the conference championship twice.”

Ever since Harbaugh came to town, Baltimore has enjoyed at least one playoff win in each of his first four seasons. He’s the only head coach in NFL history to ever accomplish that feat.

Ravens fans can count on Harbaugh taking care of business in the regular season too. He ties Tomlin for the league’s best regular-season winning percentage (.668), and a 44-20 record.

That’s enough evidence for Harrison to rank Harbaugh ahead of his mentor Andy Reid (Philadelphia Eagles) and brother Jim (San Francisco 49ers).

Most of the former Ravens defensive coordinators turned head coaches ranked in the middle of the pack.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan ranked No. 10 and Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis came in at No. 14. Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano could move up from his No. 28 spot after he gets the chance to hold the reigns for the first time this upcoming season.

Harrison’s Top 10 Head Coaches

1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

2. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants

3. Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers

4. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers

5. John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens

6. Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles

7. Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers

8. John Fox, Denver Broncos

9. Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams

10. Rex Ryan, New York Jets

Ravens Have 2nd-Toughest Schedule

Usually a schedule’s degree of difficulty is determined by opponents’ record from the previous year.

By those calculations, the Ravens are believed to have the fourth-toughest 2012 schedule.

But numberFire used some fancy math to dig a little deeper.

The group compared teams’ newly released schedules to thousands of randomly generated schedules. Looking at the difference between each team’s playoff odds for 2012 and the average playoff odds over the randomly generated schedules, apparently they can see which teams have the toughest roads ahead.

Got all that? Yeah, me neither.

But the point is that numberFire believes the Ravens have the second-toughest record, not the fourth. Only the Denver Broncos have a more difficult slate.

“Starting QB Joe Flacco recently claimed he was the NFL’s best quarterback. He’ll have his chance to back up that claim this season against a difficult set of opponents that includes matchups against all AFC No. 1 seeds, their strong division rivals and the NFC East,” numberFire wrote.

“Do not let the fact that the NFC East did not grade out spectacularly record-wise in 2011 fool you. The East is still strong with dominant forces in the Eagles and Cowboys, not to mention the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Expect the ageless Ravens defense, however, to rise to the challenge and secure another playoff bid.”

Quick Hits

  • BryantMckinnie: Just completed another day of film study & workouts. I’ll pick back up on Monday. [Twitter]
  • “What I’m scratching my head over is the Ravens not signing Dixon. He’s 27 and athletic. He has much more potential than Painter,” wrote Jamison Hensley. “In the end, it probably doesn’t matter whether it’s Dixon or Painter or Taylor. Flacco has yet to miss a start in his NFL career.” [ESPN]
  • Want to get a jump on your Christmas decorations? Why not buy one of Hallmark’s Michael Oher-naments! [The Baltimore Sun]
  • The Ravens have been successful in the past by promoting from within the locker room to fill key starting positions. Will it work again this year? [CSNBaltimore.com]

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