“You have to be willing to do things that the masses wouldn’t do, or I don’t think you will be able to separate yourself from the masses.”
That’s the reason Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti gave for his decision to hire new coach John Harbaugh over more experienced candidates. Bisciotti ran a successful staffing company before taking over the team and talked about why he likes to take chances and go with his gut when hiring.
When he fired Billick on Dec. 31, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said the decision was the result of a “gut feeling.” Choosing Harbaugh was no different.
Before becoming owner of the Ravens, Bisciotti took pride in hiring young, untested people for Aerotek, a highly successful staffing company in the aerospace and technology sectors. He used that method in choosing Harbaugh over an experienced head coach like Marty Schottenheimer.
“Do I like a guy that has to earn his resume? Yeah. I kind of made a living on hiring people with thin resumes and it’s worked out pretty well for me in the last 25 years,” Bisciotti said. “I think that works to John’s advantage. I said three weeks ago you have to take chances to be successful. You have to be willing to do things that the masses wouldn’t do, or I don’t think you will be able to separate yourself from the masses.
“Is it a little bit more of a perceived chance? Yeah, but the time we spent with John Harbaugh gave me a comfort level that we hired the right guy,” the owner said. “You go with your instincts, and I have pretty good instincts. ... I like the fact that John gets to build his legend right here.”
I always wonder why you see the same unsuccessful head coaches getting plum new jobs all the time. Bisciotti’s approach is refreshing…and offers a worthwhile perspective for hiring outside of football too.