Mike Smith, Harbaugh on same track

We had a big column on the similarities between Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco earlier today. Now, let’s do a similar comparison on their coaches.

Like Ryan and Flacco, Mike Smith took over in Atlanta in 2008 at the same time John Harbaugh was hired in Baltimore. Not only did the two coaches find franchise quarterbacks and a playoff berth in their first seasons, but they also have the exact same 26-14 regular-season career record.

Atlanta and Baltimore each went 11-5 in 2008 and 9-7 in 2009. Both teams are 6-2 so far this season.

Barring a tie tonight, one of the coaches is going to come out of this one with a better record.