Jim Harbaugh’s wandering NFL eye arises from desire to win a Super Bowl

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No one has officially interviewed Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for an NFL vacancy. But Harbaugh has his eyes squarely on the NFL.

As a source with knowledge of the situation explains it to PFT, Harbaugh is watching and waiting to see whether a team with a reasonable ownership and General Manager situation is interested in giving him an opportunity to continue an NFL career that resulted, from 2011 through 2014, in a record of 44-19-1 and a Super Bowl berth. At age 58, Harbaugh wants to get back to the Super Bowl and win it.

He had that chance in 2012, losing the trophy to, of all people, his brother. Maybe Jim’s desire to get one flows directly from the fact that he has a family member who’s already climbed the mountain.

Some think Jim Harbaugh is simply trying to leverage Michigan into paying him more. Per the source, that’s not what it’s about (which will obviously make some say, “Of course that’s what it’s about”). It’s about unfinished business from nearly a decade ago, when Harbaugh took a 6-10 team and turned it around almost immediately, without the benefit of an offseason program in his first year, thanks to the lockout.

That doesn’t mean anyone will be interested. Jacksonville, where Harbaugh nemesis Trent Baalke is the G.M., won’t happen. Chicago, where Harbaugh was a first-round pick 35 years ago, has handed the search over to Bill Polian, who has yet to pursue Harbaugh.

Some think Raiders owner Mark Davis will eventually make a run at Harbaugh, who started his coaching career there. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has said he won’t take Harbaugh from Michigan. In Houston, Harbaugh would quite possibly be inclined to clunk the heads of Nick Caserio and Jack Easterby together, like Moe Howard with Larry and Curly.

That leaves Denver, Minnesota, and the Giants as potential destinations in the current hiring cycle.

Again, the interest needs to be mutual. For now, Harbaugh is waiting to see whether anyone is interested in him. Given what he did in his prior stint with the 49ers, why wouldn’t someone at least kick tires on the possibility of bringing him back to the NFL?

25 responses to “Jim Harbaugh’s wandering NFL eye arises from desire to win a Super Bowl

  1. If the Cowboys lay an egg tomorrow, you can put them on the list as well. McCarthy hasn’t inspired confidence. His main claim to fame is winning a Super Bowl, but he did it with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. There is something to be said about not messing up a good thing, but that doesn’t mean that he can take a team somewhere.

  2. Imagine if he had just made the smart decision to stick with Alex Smith instead of Colin Kaepernick years ago. Not only would he probably have a Superbowl already but he could have saved the league five years of unnecessary drama

  3. Sometimes the answer is staring you right in the face. Can’t believe Chicago doesn’t pull the trigger on this. It would galvanize the fan base and crest excitement. Something they desperately need if they want that new stadium

  4. He’s already been putting together a staff. Soon as this game is over and the Raiders are out of the playoffs, the news about Harbaugh to Vegas will heat way up.

  5. I’m not so sure Baalke is going to be returning Jacksonville, but I doubt Harbaugh will want to go there. He’ll stay at Michigan if he doesn’t get the right job.

  6. Either you and Pat Leonard have same sources or one hasn’t been giving each other credit today on this and another story.

  7. If only he had given Frank Gore 4 shots into the end zone instead of trying Kaepernick’s hand at 3 fades to Crabtree, Harbaugh would have his SB ring.
    Credit for a monumental 2nd half comeback, but it fell short from not giving the ball to his best player on offense to seal the deal.

  8. As a Michigan fan, I believe the timing is right. Won B1G championship, finally beat OSU… Go out on an upswing.

    Plus, after 7 years, Michigan is still a country mile from being competitive at the top of NCAA football. Time is also right to give a hungry up-and-comer a shot at national relevance.

  9. If Harbaugh is a coach in the NFL in 2022 and it is not with Chicago then the McCaskeys should sell the team ASAP. So sad that Mugs Halas had to pass on at such an early age and not be able to carry on the legacy his father started. If Mugs had become owner of the Bears this storied franchise would be in such a better place.

  10. He isn’t going anywhere sorry everybody. The President he wanted gone just got the axe today, he got the coach he wanted from ND who wouldn’t have left plus he is back recruiting.

  11. Not that I think they are front runners but to exclude the Bears as a landing spot just because a story hasnt been reported yet about a meeting is just ridiculous. The local media in Chicago has been chasing phantom stories for the past 6 weeks that focus on their own confirmation bias because NOTHING comes out from the leadership at Halas Hall that they dont want known.

  12. Bring Jim in for a chat. I would like to hear what his vision is for the Vikes going forward. Like him or Doug Pederson. Sounds Scandinavian That should count for something around here.. Probably fit in pretty good with the Vikings and their Fanbase. Plus he thoroughly out coached Zim in the NFC championship game a few years ago On his way to the Super Bowl championship. Skol

  13. Raiders, Bears or Cowboys. Don’t see a fit with any other team just based on optics alone.

  14. I can’t see Ross letting him get away from the Dolphins. They have a solid defense, lot of draft capital and cap room.

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