COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Jim Harbaugh had a special guest join him on the sideline today in Michigan’s 28-0 win at Maryland... his brother, Baltimore Ravens headman John Harbaugh.
The brothers stood side by side throughout the game, and afterward Jim even gave credit to John for his “input” in the win.
“That would probably be way over stated,” John Harbaugh said. “I think I screwed him up on one play there. I distracted him. I tried not to distract him or anything.”
In fact, John Harbaugh says his plan was to sit back and watch as a fan and only give feedback if asked.
“I’m just standing back there,” John Harbaugh said. “You’re always seeing something that you can share. Yu just hope like crazy that if you do suggest something. It actually works. You don’t want to suggest something that doesn’t work and cost him the game or something like that.:
“Thank god that didn’t happen today.”
Jim Harbaugh has led Michigan (4-1) to four straight wins and is the talk of college football. But even with his success so far as the coach of his alma mater, nothing has changed from a personality standpoint according to his older brother.
“I think he loves coaching Michigan,” John Harbaugh said of Jim. “I see the same guy. The same guy that coached San Francisco (49ers), the same guy who coached in San Diego, the same guy who was a quality control coach in Oakland, he’s the same guy. He’s the same guy growing up all he’s been. The thing about Jim, I love this about him, he is who he is. He’s the same guy he’s always been. He loves football. He loves the guys. He was coaching them how to sing the fight song after the game. And it was a heck-of-a fight song. I tell you."
So did John Harbaugh sing along?
“Absolutely, loud and proud,” he replied.
As far as attending Michigan’s game, John Harbaugh admitted afterwards this was his first Wolverine game in a while and gave a post game speech to U-M in the locker room.
“This was the first time I saw Michigan live since I was a kid almost, I can’t remember the last time I saw them play live,” John Harbaugh said. “I think it was ’86 Ohio State. I’m no expert, but it was fun to watch it. I complemented them on the way they were playing. The ay they care about each other, the way the way the coaches care about and the way they care about the coaches. Just reinforce that a little bit."
No. 22 Michigan (4-1, Big Ten 2-0) plays host to No. 16 Northwestern (5-0) next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.