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John Harbaugh and the Ravens made a habit of being different from the rest of the NFL in 2019. 

They ran the ball 596 times, nearly 100 more times than the second-place team. They were one of the most aggressive teams in the NFL on fourth-down and had the league’s best conversion rate on that down, too. 

And while the rest of the league is slowly moving towards a quarterback that can both run and pass, which the Ravens have, no team truly leaned into their talent like the Ravens did. 

For that, the Ravens finished with a league-best 14-2 record and Harbaugh was named Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. 

Harbaugh won the award with 27 1/2 votes, ahead of 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan who had 14 1/2 votes. Matt LaFleur, Mike Tomlin, Sean McDermott and Sean Payton followed in the voting.

With Greg Roman and Don “Wink” Martindale as Harbaugh’s offensive and defensive coordinators, the Ravens were clearly the best team in the regular season. 

They finished the year on a 12-game win streak after falling to 2-2 after a disheartening 40-25 loss to the Browns on Sept. 29. From that game, the Ravens beat the Seahawks, Patriots, Texans, 49ers and Bills. All but the 49ers and Bills games were more than two-score victories for the Ravens. 

 

The offense was the league’s best (33.2 points per game) and the defense turned a corner after the first quarter of the season to finish third in points allowed (17.6) and fourth in total yards allowed. 

Under Harbaugh, the Ravens won their second-straight AFC North title and made the playoffs for the eighth time in Harbaugh’s 12th season in Baltimore.

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