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Despite Dolphins and others interest John Harbaugh stays with Ravens

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Well, if he was ever was going to be on the market, the Baltimore Ravens have made sure that their coach John Harbaugh won’t be going to the Dolphins, or anywhere else.

This with news on Saturday that the team had assured he’ll coach the Ravens for years to come, as they agreed with Harbaugh on a multi-year extension.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen had the news first:

There had been great debate with Harbaugh having only one year left on his contract that the Ravens would entertain allowing him out of it for compensation to go to another NFL franchise. And, as we wrote earlier this month, the Dolphins appeared to be the top suitor during this NFL coaching hiring cycle.

That’s because owner Stephen Ross has a great affinity for both Harbaugh brothers (including Michigan coach Jim) and has been looking to try to make a splash hire in South Florida.

Still, the Ravens had given Harbaugh his first head coaching job in 2008, and the fact that they won a Super Bowl in 2012 with him at the helm, was always going to make it very difficult that he would simply just leave Baltimore.

However, Harbaugh had been facing some criticism with the Ravens missing the playoffs the last two seasons and traditional stars like Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis retiring, and others, like QB Joe Flacco and DE Terrell Suggs, aging.

Baltimore was struggling at 4-5 on the season, but went on a rally down the stretch behind rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. They won five of their remaining six games to win the AFC North Division and make the playoffs. And, it all but solidified it Harbaugh could be back in Baltimore, if he truly wanted.

And obviously, he does.

So it now appears more than ever that Miami will follow through and hire Patriots defensive assistant Brian Flores whenever New England is finished in the postseason.

That could be as soon as Sunday night, should they lose to Kansas City in the AFC Championship game.

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