It's All About the Coaching
On Super Bowl Sunday, there are any number of stories that will play out. The most fascinating story by far, is Jim Harbaugh coaching against his brother John Harbaugh. The Har-Bowl. The Super Brothers. There will be headers much more creative than mine, but the fact that these two guys will be coaching against one another, not only in the NFL, but in the Super Bowl game says a ton, not only about these brothers and this family, but about coaching. What are these two guys doing that got them both to this point?
Lets start with John. Coach John Harbaugh has done nothing but win as coach of the Baltimore Ravens. 2 AFC Championship games, 2 AFC Division finals, and now his first Super Bowl. Coach Jim Harbaugh, has a legacy as a coach of winning. Three years at the University of San Diego he had a 28-6 record, with only 2 losses coming in the last two years. At Stanford, Jim Harbaugh started his first season in 2007 with a 4-8 record, and turned that program completely around by 2010 with a 12-1 record. Since joining the 49ers, he has taken that team to the NFC Championship in his first season, and now the Super Bowl in his second. Not too shabby.
It appears to me, that these brothers have created a history of winning. Winning on a consistent path-across players, years, levels. Incredibly impressive. These two coaches must be doing something different-something that has allowed them to succeed year in and year out. Doing something that has allowed them to connect with their players, their coaching staffs, their fans. They definitely do things their way. They are intense and passionate about their teams. They believe in their systems, their players. They listen and continue to learn. They take chances and don't follow the mold.
Other coaches around the NFL can take a lesson from these two coaches. All of the new coaches across the league-almost one third of the league-take some time to figure out what these two men are doing differently from everyone else. Because without a doubt, they are doing more than a few things right.
I'm not sure which team is going to win this game among these ultra-competitive coaches-but as far as I can tell, they are both worthy of a Super Bowl win. It will be quite a fight. I can't wait for the Jim & John Super Bowl.