Vikings interview Jim Harbaugh

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has made no secret regarding his interest to return to the NFL. The Vikings will be the first team to take him up on the possibility.

Per multiple sources, the Vikings will interview the former 49ers coach for the vacancy created by the firing of Mike Zimmer.

The league office, we’re told, is aware of the interview and is awaiting the formal paperwork that must be filed for all head-coaching interviews.

Harbaugh coached the 49ers four years, from 2011 through 2014. He compiled a record of 44-19-1 in the regular season, and he took a 6-10 team to the brink of the Super Bowl in his rookie year — despite having no offseason program, due to the lockout. The next year, Harbaugh went to the Super Bowl, and he nearly won it.

Overlapping for two years in San Francisco were Harbaugh and new Vikings G.M. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. Despite intense friction between Harbaugh and former 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke, there has been no suggestion of any issues between Harbaugh and Adofo-Mensah.

If there were, the interview surely wouldn’t be happening. Indeed, given recents events in Jacksonville, it’s reasonable to wonder whether Harbaugh maybe wasn’t the problem.

70 responses to “Vikings interview Jim Harbaugh

  1. This Vikings fan is shocked the team is even interviewing Harbaugh. I was certain he would have ended up in Las Vegas, Chicago, or Miami before Minnesota.

  2. Hopefully the Wilfs will be able to scrape up enough money to sign Jim Harbaugh…if not,they may have to call Kirk Cousins for a loan.

  3. If he takes another HC job you’ve got to feel for those he’s recruited to play for his current team. Talk about being lied to…..

  4. Harbaugh is a problem too. You haven’t heard the reports about how he treats lower level staff??

  5. Earlier than usual start to the annual off-season championship.
    Harbaugh’s never been able to win the big game, so he seems like a good fit.

  6. This is great news for Miami!!!
    Ross didn’t want to be seen as “taking” Harbaugh away from Michigan, but now that the coach will be interviewing with Minn, Miami can openly start their hiring campaign.

  7. I got excited when I saw the news. But then I quickly remembered how many times the Vikings have let me down. Hopefully this Time is different, but as a diehard Vikings fan, I can only expect them to interview Harbaugh and then decide to hire the Giants DC instead.

  8. Get this done Mensah. I know nothing is %100, but Harbaugh has history and knows how to get a team playing better than they actually are. I’m not exactly sure why the 49ers and him bumped heads, but his coaching experience in the NFL, his record in college, and his overall success speaks for itself. The Vikings are in serious need of a complete culture change and the fans have been ready for this for years. This being a .500 football team every year or the Vikings being known as a laughing stock bunch of choke artists when it comes to important games needs to come to an end. Make it happen Mensah, it will be a good move for everyone involved and especially for the fans who deserve better.

  9. This was my dream hire. Actually 2nd in my dream hire. Nick Saban being number 1. Harbaugh has the 5th highest winning percentage as an NFL Head coach in NFL history. He is a better NFL coach than a college coach.

  10. As a Packer fan – PLEASE hire him. Young GM guy: please call your former boss Jed York so he can remind you of why he fired him.

  11. vikingprideforever says:
    January 29, 2022 at 4:42 pm
    Are pieces falling into place??????

    Could it be Super Bowl homeboy!!!!!!!!!
    ********
    Yikes!!! The Championship predictions don’t usually start in Minnesota till about late March, early April.
    You know, all the excitement over winning free agency and visions of dominating the draft and all that. 😉
    This is a tad bit soon for claims of superiority and glory for this fan base, but…..whatever. 🤣

  12. He must feel he’s reached the top of the mountain and as far as he can go at Michigan.
    I would think a lot of Michigan fans probably think a Rose Bowl or two would be the “top”.

  13. Nothing to see here except leverage for another job. Even if* he is a good hire. The roster is terrible. Cousins is limited and expensive. Don’t forget the Vikings are a horribly run franchise.

  14. Packer fans are actually trolling? After that embarrassing debacle in Green Bay?? I thought they’d just go back to reminiscing about their loooong-ago Super Bowl glory days. Oh well, knock yourself out. Viking fans at least have something to be hopeful about! The Packers are stuck in the mud. Mark my words… LeFleur, in a few years, will be known as “the coach that could never get them over the hump”.

  15. It’s the perfect fit. Harbaugh will seem warm and fuzzy after all those years under Zimmer.

  16. hippstuff says:
    January 29, 2022 at 5:39 pm
    Packer fans are actually trolling? After that embarrassing debacle in Green Bay?? I thought they’d just go back to reminiscing about their loooong-ago Super Bowl glory days. Oh well, knock yourself out. Viking fans at least have something to be hopeful about! The Packers are stuck in the mud. Mark my words… LeFleur, in a few years, will be known as “the coach that could never get them over the hump”.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Your entire fan base would be thrilled to just get a sniff of the hump.

  17. Ya know after 4 super bowl losses by the Vikings Wilf may as well steal him from Michigan. Unbelievable he would leave Ann Arbor where he really never accomplished anything until this year. Even so, the Wolverines disappointed for each year Harbaugh coached there. He also had his issues with the 49ers, that locker room was a mess before he hit the door.

  18. Harbaugh waits years to come back to the NFL and tries to become the Vikes coach? Never saw that one coming.

  19. I see packers fans have finally got the courage up to come out of their green bay hovels. It was getting lonely in here the past week with nobody to laugh at. Welcome back.

  20. “Packer fans are actually trolling? After that embarrassing debacle in Green Bay??”

    Surely, we’re secure enough in our dominance and manhood that we aren’t worried about the Vikings.

  21. Viking fans at least have something to be hopeful about! The Packers are stuck in the mud. Mark my words… LeFleur, in a few years, will be known as “the coach that could never get them over the hump”.

    ++++++

    Hilarious since Green Bay fans had been telling you that since Coach zimmer bungled the bye week fat cats stunt but it took you 4 more tears to admit that.

    In which time the team started over at GM and Head Coach, while winning 39 games. Stay hopeful!!

  22. Wait. When Rodgers leaves, Packers will be in the bottom behind the Lions. Now, I see why they’re crying after Vikings post.

  23. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

    Just don’t waste everybody’s time failing 63 straight years.

  24. If the Vikings get him it won’t be good for Bears fans. Bears should have made an offer to get him at all costs.

  25. I already told y’all, he’s signed with Miami two weeks ago. Smoke and mirrors.

  26. Well the Harbaugh’s obviously like the color purple and im not talking about the movie.

    Might as well get a blowhard coach to match intensity with Viking fans. Have you ever seen or heard a more smack talking fan base with so little to show for all their bravado?

  27. I’m actually surprised that most Viking fans seem to want this. I don’t think it would be a good hire. Harbaugh has done nothing at a Michigan. I expected he would be able to out recruit most schools and really have Michigan competing for a title every year. This is the first year he has had the type of success that was expected all along. Maybe they will hire him and maybe it will work but I just don’t see it happening.

  28. Gosh no, Harbaugh wasn’t the problem in San Francisco. He just wanted good quality kids to work with. Good character guys. Hard workers. Harbaugh was a class act, so he never ran to the media with his complaints, nor did he stab anyone in the back. He figured everyone would eventually find out the truth. It’s taken longer than he probably expected, but the truth did come out. Jed York was also a little late to the party, but he figured it out, too.

  29. So all the media were on the Hackett/Rodgers conspiracy and the real one was right under their noses, bringing in KAM the figurehead with ties to… Harbaugh who overlapped at the 49ers in 2013.

    You like that??

  30. vikingprideforever says:
    January 29, 2022 at 4:42 pm
    Are pieces falling into place??????

    Could it be Super Bowl homeboy!!!!!!!!!
    ——————————————————————————————————————
    I believe the Vikings went 2-7 against teams that finished the season over .500 Do you really think all they need is new coaches?

  31. One thing is certain, his excessive flatulating will play well in that locker room. Bring Your Own Lighter boys!

  32. If he leaves, just don’t bring in that loser hothead O’Brien! I’ll become a Sparty fan if that happens!

  33. Fact, he is a QB groomer. Fact, he is a winner, Fact, he is competitive, that’s the thing the Vikings sorely lack. Not sure if it’s a fact but I’m pretty sure he will bring Fangio as DC. Fact, he turns every team he coaches into immediate winners. Fact this is a splash move and the Wilf’s love splash moves. The Vikings almost have to make this move. I’m intrigued what Harbaugh can do with Mond & if he can unlock something in Cousins & release the dragon.

  34. Fact this is a splash move and the Wilf’s love splash moves
    +++++
    I think you might be confusing the quantity of lakes with the size of the lake, and consequently the splash looks bigger.

    Because if you view Cousins and Zimmer as splash hires … they were not.

  35. Harbaugh and Fangio reunion. That can happen now/
    A good match with owner and coach. GM needs to be happy in the background and not a attention getter like Baalke.

  36. Why can’t my lowly packers have nice things?

    —————

    Because everyone knows you’re a Viking fan

  37. charliecharger says:
    January 29, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Gosh no, Harbaugh wasn’t the problem in San Francisco. He just wanted good quality kids to work with. Good character guys.
    ********
    Hmm….If this does happen, I seriously wonder how Jim’s first meeting with Dalvin is going to go.
    Especially with the Cook’s lengthy history of physical abuse towards women. 🤔

  38. Are pieces falling into place??????

    Could it be Super Bowl homeboy!!!!!!!!!
    ——————————————————————————————————————
    I believe the Vikings went 2-7 against teams that finished the season over .500 Do you really think all they need is new coaches?

    ———————————–

    Do you really not know the difference between a question and a prediction? Do you really believe your “stock” has value?

  39. ghost says:
    January 29, 2022 at 4:41 pm
    If he takes another HC job you’ve got to feel for those he’s recruited to play for his current team. Talk about being lied to…..
    ———

    Someone hasn’t been paying attention to the college game. Two words: Transfer portal.

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