Two teams in the NFL are doing exceptionally well this year, and if you look closely, you’ll notice one common denominator. Harbaugh. That is, both coaches of both teams share the same last name, and yes, they are brothers. We are speaking of Jim and John Harbaugh, sons of long-time college coach Jack Harbaugh. Jim is the current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, boasting a record this year of 7-1. John, on the other hand, is the current coach of the Baltimore Ravens, boasting a record of 6-2.

Not only do they share the same last name, however, they also share the same inborn Brain Type. To be sure, it is actually somewhat rare to find non-#13 FCIR siblings with the same design, and even more rare to find two #15 FCILs/entjs, as are Jim and John. One could quickly attribute their success to their father, but having a blood-relative currently or formerly in the league is not all that uncommon. Instead, we believe people should be looking to their gifted inborn design.

We have made it no secret that #15s can be the best coaches in any and every sport. As Niednagel wrote more than a decade ago, “FCIL coaches typify their ‘Fieldmarshal,’ ‘C.E.O.’ descriptions. They can be superb strategists, teachers, motivators, and leaders. Combining their competitive aggressiveness with their CI smarts, FCILs are normally victors in games and battles.” Legends like Vince Lombardi and Joe Torre, and soon-to-be legend Bill Belichick, immediately come to mind.

What is particularly impressive is not only the Harbaugh winning streaks, but how they have each respectively turned their ball-clubs around. The 49ers had a discouraging 6-10 record last year under coach Mike Singletary, losing their first 5 games of the season with quarterback Alex Smith (#13 FCIR) at the helm. This year, Jim Harbaugh came out of college coaching to replace Singletary, immediately making it known to Smith that, despite his setbacks for many years, he was welcomed back on the team. To date, Smith has thrown only two interceptions, and currently holds a quarterback rating of 95.2. He even made NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner’s (#13 FCIR) list of 2011 seasons’ best quarterbacks early in the season. All to say … exactly what we have been saying for years. A good coach can make a “bad” quarterback look good, and a good quarterback can make a “bad” coach look good (did everybody catch that?).

Consider the Indianapolis Colts this year. Void of #5 FEIR Peyton “Super” Manning, they hold a winless 0-9 record. Not only may it be said that it reflects the ability (or inability) of the coach (#13 Caldwell), but it more clearly goes to reveal just how unbelievably talented Peyton Manning truly is. We like to think how many more Super Bowl titles Manning would have under his belt by now had he been a member of some better NFL teams (we firmly believe even more than #9 FCAR Tom Brady, who has played for the best team and coach).

As for the Ravens, they’re celebrating a recent victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, with coach John Harbaugh being diplomatic (and genuinely) with the Baltimore fans. First of all, congratulations to all the fans in Baltimore. Congratulations to everyone back in Baltimore, who was watching this game on television tonight, who jumped off their couch when Joe Flacco threw that pass to win that game. Congratulations to you all.”

At any rate, John Harbaugh is the only coach in NFL history to take over a team with a losing record (5-11) the previous season and then go to and win a playoff game in each of his first three seasons as head coach. Including playoffs, the Ravens are 36-19 in the “Harbaugh Era” (2008-10), producing the NFL’s third-most total victories since his Baltimore arrival. Impressive statistics, to say the very least.

BTI always wants to call a spade a spade, and both Jim and John rightly deserve the majority of accolades they are given. Regardless of the final outcomes at year’s end, our congratulations goes to the two #15s on a season well-played, and well-coached.

Written by: Staff
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