Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti defended his decision to hire John Haurbaugh over Rex Ryan before the 2008 season, telling season ticket holders on a conference call he thought Harbaugh would do a better job than Ryan of uniting his team.
"From a chemistry standpoint ... we really liked John and we thought it was going to be tougher for Rex to bring the whole team together after him spending 10 years on one side of the ball that was the dominant side of the ball," Bisciotti said of Ryan, the team's former defensive coordinator, per Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun.
Harbaugh has gotten the Ravens into the playoffs in each of his three seasons, while Ryan has led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons.
"I will always be second-guessed," Bisciotti said of the decision. "Some people will agree with me and some people won't. I just had to make a gut decision and so far it's worked out pretty well. I hope it gets us to the Super Bowl and brings back a couple of trophies to Baltimore."