One year ago John Harbaugh was in the middle of the hype, preparing to lead his Baltimore Ravens into their showdown with the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47.
As the defending champs, the Ravens were not able to make the playoffs. As for Sunday’s showdown between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, it is Harbaugh’s opinion that Peyton Manning and the Broncos will find a way to win (quotes from Denver Post):
I’ve been telling everybody I like the Broncos…He’ll figure it out. I think it will come down to two things. Can they run the ball a little bit on them and can they protect Peyton? If they can give Peyton some throwing space then they’ll be fine.”
It is interesting to hear Harbaugh, the head man of a team that is typically built on a stout defense, deliver such a matter-of-fact argument in favor of the offensive team. Maybe he is biased by loyalties to the AFC, or maybe he is just that impressed with Manning’s season.
Either way, you can reasonably argue that it bodes well for the Broncos that Harbaugh, a guy who now knows what it takes to win the Super Bowl, sees them coming out on top.