Multiple reports confirm Vikings’ interest in Jim Harbaugh

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Yes, the Vikings are exploring the possibility of making Jim Harbaugh the teams next head coach. PFT’s report regarding an interview of Harbaugh has been confirmed by multiple outlets, some of which (like the Detroit Free Press) gave proper credit and some of which (like ESPN) did not.

Regardless, the Vikings are thinking about it. And they may do it. New G.M. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah spent two years with Harbaugh in San Francisco. Clearly, Harbaugh is at or near the top of Adofo-Mensah’s list of coaches with whom he’d want to work. That alone is reason enough for the Vikings to regard Harbaugh as a viable candidate to replace Mike Zimmer.

The biggest potential impediment, as best we can tell, comes from the tendency of most teams to hire a new head coach who is an exact opposite of the last one. Zimmer, like most successful coaches, was critical and aggressive and demanding. Harbaugh has a similar reputation. This has sparked some concern, we’re told, given that the Vikings want someone who won’t rankle players the way Zimmer did.

That’s overblown, frankly. For starters, most successful coaches are hard to handle at times. Smart organizations figure out a way to coexist with them. Like the Ravens have done since 2008. Jim Harbaugh’s brother, John, is every bit as intense as Jim. Perhaps even more. The Ravens see the value in finding a way to give him sufficient berth, because that which makes him intense also makes him successful.

Maybe the 49ers simply didn’t know how to deal with Jim Harbaugh. Maybe G.M. Trent Baalke should have spent more time figuring out how to work with him and less time feuding with him.

Really, if the Vikings want the exact opposite of an aggressive and demanding head coach, there aren’t many options. And if the Vikings are serious about competing for championships, they could do a lot worse than a guy who came close to winning one in each of his first two seasons in San Francisco.

30 responses to “Multiple reports confirm Vikings’ interest in Jim Harbaugh

  1. Harbaugh has a gift some call it
    “je ne sas quio” of pissing people off.

    This should be good

  2. When an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Will Harbaugh turn the Vikings into winners?

    Or will the Vikings turn Harbaugh into a loser?

  3. It makes since, Mensah is a analytics/money guy. He will need either a VP of personnel to help him with draft and free agent players or a coach that can help him in that department with Mensah having final say

  4. It’s the strong record of success there that is attractive to him, 0 for 63 and counting.

  5. I don’t have any confidence in Jim Harbaugh being able to achieve any sustained success, and is more likely to leave a wake of disfunction. As a Lions fan I recognize this clearly, and fully support the Vikings going down this path (again).

  6. “Any decision-making room I’m in, I’m always seeking the other opinion, trying to put everything together, and then, come out on the other end,” KAM said.

    And Harbaugh grinned like the Cheshire Cat.

  7. It’s 2022 how dare NFL players be subjected to a HC who is critical, aggressive and demanding!

  8. Wow. Packer fans commenting on a Viking story. Say it ain’t so. Maybe they’re looking for advice on successful Special Teams?

  9. Regardless of how one feels about Harbaugh, the Vikings have never shied away from outspoken and “difficult” head coaches. See: Denny Green, Mike Tice, Brad Childress, Mike Zimmer.

  10. And I see that Packer fans have emerged from last weeks embarrassment… wonder how long they are going to stay out once Gutenkust starts taking a hacksaw to the roster to get under the cap which will be followed by another offseason drama with Rogers and eventual hold-out by tagged Adams

  11. In the end does it really matter who they hire? They could find some young coach who changes the culture and leads them to like 38,39,40 wins in the first 3 years, doesn’t mean they will win the Super Bowl. They could find that coach, give him a HOF QB playing at an MVP level, still doesn’t mean they will win the Super Bowl. They could find that coach, get him that QB, get him home field thru out the playoffs, still doesn’t mean they will win the Super Bowl. On second thought if they could do all that, for just one season they might have a chance to win the Super Bowl. If they could do it 2 years in a row I’d be extremely confident they could win at least 1 Super Bowl. If they could do all that 2 years in a row and fail to make it to the Super Bowl, I’d be ashamed to admit I was a fan.

  12. kinda sad but might actually watch a Vikings game if Jim on the sidelines..just for his antics I suppose. good TV drama..

  13. the Vikings want someone who won’t rankle players the way Zimmer did.
    +++++
    I used to mention Zimmer wore thin on players with his doghouse mentality but the Purples always contended otherwise.

  14. If they could do all that 2 years in a row and fail to make it to the Super Bowl, I’d be ashamed to admit I was a fan.
    +++++
    But your cool being a fan of a team that won the division round, conference championship, and lost the Super Bowl in 3 of four seasons (including 2 in a row). Okay.

  15. imonlygonnatellyouonce says:
    January 29, 2022 at 9:44 pm
    Viking pride has got to be an oxymoron right?

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    That is funny. Maybe similar to Lambeau mystique?

  16. curtismhardy says:
    January 29, 2022 at 9:12 pm
    If hired, it will probably take Harbaugh 7 years to beat the Browns or Bengals.
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    Yeah but when he does doubt they will be as broken as Ryan Day and his soft Buckeye team , lol .

  17. So harbaugh finally makes Michigan relevant again and takes off? Not good for college football and not good for the Vikings.

  18. You would think Packer fans would spend their time worrying about their own pathetic team’s woes…40 mil over the cap, Rodgers and Adams likely gone, losing coaches right and left who can’t wait to get out of the hell that is Green Bay. Instead they spend all their time on Viking threads making their uninformed opinions known.

    As for Harbaugh, he’s a proven winner and I would endorse his hiring assuming he really is interested in returning to the NFL. I would welcome him to the World Class that is the Minnesota Vikings.

  19. gophersnot says:
    January 29, 2022 at 8:53 pm
    Wow. Packer fans commenting on a Viking story. Say it ain’t so. Maybe they’re looking for advice on successful Special Teams?

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    Well to be fair they would have no reason to look to the Vikings for advice on winning a SB

  20. “That silence you hear is Lambeau Field” . . . ??? More likely, the laughing you hear is from Lambeau Field, unfortunately.

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