University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is attracting the interest of several NFL teams, and although some of his relatives maintain he won’t be leaving Ann Arbor, he will have no difficulty securing a audience with owners if the right opportunity arises.
Harbaugh took the 49ers to the Super Bowl before returning to the college game, he has extensive NFL experience as a player and coach, and he’s just led the Wolverines to the college football playoffs. While it is difficult to leave your alma mater, some in coaching circles believe that if he were to leave, now is the time to finally beat Ohio State and reach new heights with a program that does not had not yet skyrocketed under him.
Harbaugh is highly regarded by Raiders owner Mark Davis, said league sources, who began his coaching career as Raiders quarterbacks coach in 2002. Harbaugh has also done a great job in the field. Bay Area while the Raiders were located in Oakland at Stanford and as coach of the 49ers from 2011-2014, where he went 44-19 and didn’t have a losing season. Davis has been very impressed with the work of interim head coach Rich Bisaccia since replacing Jon Gruden after his resignation – the team could reach the ‘Sunday Night Football’ playoffs against the Chargers – but the The opportunity to land Harbaugh would be appealing too, according to some familiar with Davis.
Harbaugh is also a huge fan of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who is also a Michigan alumnus and one of the school’s biggest boosters. His belief in Harbaugh is well known, he has wanted to hire him in the past, and if Harbaugh leaves Ann Arbor, league sources have indicated he would be tempted to lure the former quarterback as well. Numerous league sources have said Harbaugh’s name appeared within the Dolphins’ organization mid-season as the team suffered a seven-game losing streak. .
Ross has long coveted Harbaugh, and at this point in his life with a succession plan for the property already in place, passing Harbaugh could be difficult. Harbaugh also played for the Bears and is well known at Halas Hall, with this franchise envisioning sweeping changes and considering a multitude of former players for a multitude of roles.