By CJ Carlson
Jim Harbaugh has been talked about as a possible head coach in the NFL practically every year since he left the San Francisco 49ers to join the Michigan Wolverines. Now that the Wolverines just won the College Football Championship, it seems like Harbaugh is looking to get back into the big leagues.
These last few years, Harbaugh has consistently talked with teams in the offseason to try and determine if going back to the NFL was the best move for him. Each year, he ends up sticking with Michigan. Many expected that to be the same thing this year, even with Michigan winning it all this year. However, the Los Angeles Chargers have apparently made a really strong case.
An NFL media insider just reported that the Chargers and Harbaugh are very close to striking a deal on a contract that would make him their next head coach. The big question currently remaining is the money that’s going to be included in the contract. Although, it’s implied that any team that can lure Harbaugh out of college football will need to shell up some cash to do so. Unsurprisingly, the Chargers are the team that Harbaugh is the most interested in, just like the rest of the free agent coaches out there right now including Mike Vrabel.
Jim Harbaugh And The Chargers Could Be A Perfect Match
The reason people want Harbaugh on their team so badly is because of his track record. He hasn’t just been a great college football coach; he was also a great NFL coach. He was on the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 until 2014. During that stretch, he had a record of 44-19-1 and took them to the Super Bowl. A Super Bowl that they eventually lost to the Baltimore Ravens and his brother John Harbaugh. In nine seasons with Michigan, Harbaugh has taken them to the playoffs three times with a National Championship with it.
Los Angeles has everything that you would want when it comes to a roster. They have an established franchise quarterback, great weapons on offense, a solid offensive line, and playmakers on all three levels of their defense. Harbaugh could immediately make this team a Super Bowl contender if he decides to join and continue coaching to his level of excellence.
Then again, it is worth noting that the deal isn’t locked in. Vrabel has already interviewed with the team, so he’s still in the running for the spot. It was also stated that Pete Carroll is interested in the Chargers opening if they want to give him a call also. The same goes for Bill Belichick, assuming he hasn’t already been zeroing in on the Atlanta Falcons opening. We might be able to expect a Harbaugh announcement very soon.