NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel’s preliminary list includes Jim Harbaugh

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Every year, the NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel compiles a list of recommended candidates for the inevitable coaching and G.M. vacancies. This year’s preliminary list includes a former NFL head coach who is currently gainfully employed as the head coach at his alma mater.

Per a source with knowledge of the list, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is on the preliminary list. Other candidates on the preliminary list include Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, and Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.

Harbaugh’s presence on the list will raise eyebrows; there’s no reason to think he’ll be heading back to the NFL, and Michigan fans surely will bristle at the perception that he could be lured away. As the source explained it, Harbaugh is on the list because he’s a good coach, he is proving at Michigan that he wins wherever he goes, and he was a winner during his time with the 49ers.

Historically, Harbaugh hasn’t stayed in one place more than four years. He’s currently completing his second season at Michigan.

One omission that will raise eyebrows is Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, especially since Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is on the list. Most Patriots fans would say that, currently, McDaniels is doing a better job with the offense than Patricia is with the defense — especially in light of the fact that Patricia has the support of defensive mastermind Bill Belichick.

As one source explained it, McDaniels was left of the list because the thinking is that he’s intent on staying at New England until coach Bill Belichick retires, succeeding Belichick as the team’s head coach. (Of course, under that theory there would be no reason to include Harbaugh, barring evidence he plans to leave Michigan.)

This year, the Career Development Advisory Panel consists of Tony Dungy, Charley Casserly, Carl Peterson, Bill Polian, Jimmy Raye Sr., James “Shack” Harris, Ernie Accorsi, Dick Daniels, and John Madden. Their list will be finalized on December 8, and it will be distributed to teams on December 10.

23 responses to “NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel’s preliminary list includes Jim Harbaugh

  1. What a dumb panel to have. But, alas it is the NFL. I would say the most curious inclusion is the offensive coordinator of the Cardinals who doesn’t even call plays.

  2. Harbaugh is an even bigger deal in college than he was in the NFL, and he was a pretty big deal there. He is going nowhere anytime soon.

  3. We shouldn’t look for too much logic in the reasoning behind who was put on or left off the list. Outside of Dungy the guys on that list are somewhere between Social Security age and deceased.

  4. This list is a joke. I’m sure Jim Harbaugh really needs the committee’s endorsement to get a coaching job. Who runs the NFL? And why is the League office telling teams who they should hire? As if anyone there is qualified to have an opinion. As the kids say these days, I can’t even with this.

  5. Absurd.

    I am NOT a Michigan fan, But I do own a home in Ann Arbor and have made it my home as an adult for years.

    Harbaugh literally is treated liker a deity in town, he walks on water. And for a guy that is an obvious ego maniac, he thrives on it.

    He also was given the keys to UM. He’s the guy, he basically answers to no one. He won’t get that in the NFL.

    He’s going no where.

  6. I think a much more appropriate list for the NFL Career Development Advisory Panel to prepare would be the top 50 positions that should be filled at 345 Park Avenue, starting with the commissioner. Right now no one qualified is filling any of those positions. And that’s being generous.

  7. I can see why John Madden is on the list – I remember he was always good at commentating Monday Night Football and often thought he’d be good at coaching. Not sure why no one thought of him before but maybe they all thought he was busy raising 6 legged turduckens back on his farm. Btw, bet he’d have made a good player too.

  8. Name to watch. Anthony Lynn, OC Buffalo Bills. Hes had teams reach out to him the past 2 seasons as a HBs coach.

    This season, he was named OC after week 2 and the team turned around in a hurry. Upon his appointment to OC they doubled their 3rd down efficency, have one of the best redzone efficiency in the NFL and have been scoring a lot. The Bills are the 2nd best rushing team in the NFL. If the Bills finish the season strong, he could get some looks for turning around a complete disaster the first few weeks

  9. University of Washington coach Chris Peterson would be at the top of my list, but he’d be crazy to leave Washington for the NFL. I would also rather see Harbaugh stay at Michigan where he works for people who actually care about winning.

  10. .
    ” As one source explained it, McDaniels was left of the list because the thinking is that he’s intent on staying at New England until coach Bill Belichick retires, ”

    Belichick is only 61years old and like ex NYG coach, Tom Coughlin, has no other life outside of football.

    What else would he do? Open a slaughterhouse?
    .

  11. So when NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel member Tony Dungy offers his opinions each week about the NFL on NBC, is he speaking as an independent employee of NBC or is he speaking in an official capacity as part of the league? The revolving door between the NFL and the media companies vying for favor with the league is whirling at a very high speed.

  12. I can come up with a better list: Jim Schwartz, D Coor for the Eagles; Darrell Bevell, O Coor for the Seahawks; Dave Toub, Special Teams Coor for the Chiefs; Tom Herman, HC for U of Houston; Anthony Lynn, O Coor for the Bills; Jerome Henderson, Passing Game Coord for the Falcons and Mike McIntyre, HC for U of Colorado.

  13. 6ball says:
    Nov 21, 2016 12:30 AM

    Belichick is only 61years old and like ex NYG coach, Tom Coughlin, has no other life outside of football.

    What else would he do? Open a slaughterhouse?
    ——————————–

    He’s already running a slaughterhouse.

  14. 6ball says:
    Nov 21, 2016 12:30 AM
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    ” As one source explained it, McDaniels was left of the list because the thinking is that he’s intent on staying at New England until coach Bill Belichick retires, ”

    Belichick is only 61years old and like ex NYG coach, Tom Coughlin, has no other life outside of football.

    What else would he do? Open a slaughterhouse?
    ——————————–

    Lots of options there…
    Talk Show Host.
    Press secretary
    Vaudeville comic
    Gigalo
    Porcupine
    Public relations
    Sith Lord
    Bandleader
    Mr Burns

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