Here's an exerpt (from bengals.com I know I know...but I coudln't resist when I read it, and know some folks don't go there for news so here you go...) some comments I put in bold just to emphasise them more.
This is Coach Harbaugh talking about the Ratbirds organization and why they have continued success:
On why the Ravens have had sustained success:
“That’s such a complicated question. I don’t think there is any one answer. I think we’re built really well as an organization. It starts with our owner Steve Bisciotti, team president Dick Cass and Ozzie (General Manager Ozzie Newsome). They have a good handle on what they want to do, and we’ve been able to build a team that’s consistent with what their vision is for the organization. That’s the main thing. But we’ve gotten lucky, too. Last year we were 9-7 and won a couple of tiebreakers. That probably goes hand-in-hand.”
On his relationship with Ozzie Newsome:
“I’ve known him for a long time peripherally, and obviously the last three years we’ve gotten really close. The first thing is, he’s really talented and he’s really humble. He’s got a nice combination of that, and he’s very confident. He does a great job. He’s really a straight shooter and lets everybody know where they stand. With the players, I think he holds them accountable and he helps me to hold the players accountable. So I think we’re very consistent, he and I, in terms of discipline, expectations and standards. I think we work well together that way.
“The other thing is, he is willing to work with his coach. We probably don’t make any decision personnel-wise or in how we structure the football team that the other guy doesn’t really agree with. If there is a player that I’m not really excited about or don’t want, he’s very tuned into that. If there is a discipline decision or something that we’re doing with our program that he feels strongly about, I’m tuned into that. We’ve each got our area, but at the same time we don’t really do anything that the other person isn’t comfortable with and we try to do something the other person feels strongly about. That works pretty well.”