As rumors of NFL coaching begin to gain momentum as the 2021 regular season draws to a close, one name continues to surface: Jim Harbaugh.
The Michigan coach, who just led the Wolverines to the college football playoffs, told the family of a potential rookie he would take offers from NFL teams, 247Reported sports.
“He was upfront with us about it,” said Larry Clemons, father of four-star wide receiver Darrius Clemons, in the recruiting department. “I asked Coach Harbaugh to speak to my pastor. They had a good conversation. Our pastor asked him about it, and it’s just the [reply] that he gave her. “
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NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, meanwhile, reported on Saturday that Harbaugh had appeared in NFL coaching searches and that the Raiders in particular had expressed interest in hiring him. Rapoport noted that Harbaugh would also have an interest in Las Vegas.
“[The Raiders] are also ready to do real research, not anointing like they did last time with Jon Gruden, so we’ll see where the research takes them, “Rapoport said.” But at least there is enough of it. interest on both sides to make us think it’s at least a little real, although one source, who is very knowledgeable about it, told me (Friday night) Harbaugh loves to be courted. “
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Harbaugh has just had his best season since becoming Michigan’s head coach in 2015. The Wolverines defeated rival Ohio State for the first time since 2011 and won the Big Ten Championship for the first time since 2003. Ahead of the season, Harbaugh signed a four-year extension that will pay him less than his previous contract, but secure his future in Ann Arbor until at least 2025.
Harbaugh only spent four years as a head coach in the NFL, but was very successful during that time. He led the 49ers from 2011 to 2014, with a 44-19-1 record. He took San Francisco to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season before losing to his brother John and the Ravens. His 0.695 winning percentage is the fifth highest of all time, according to Pro Football Reference.
Harbaugh’s first full-time coaching position was with the Raiders from 2002 to 2003 as the team’s quarterbacks coach. A former NFL quarterback, Harbaugh spent the first seven years of his professional career playing for the Bears, another team that should be looking for a new coach this offseason.
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Gruden resigned his Las Vegas coaching job mid-season after leaked emails showed him using racist, sexist and homophobic language. The emails were collected by the NFL as part of the league’s investigation into the work misconduct of the Washington football team.
Gruden was replaced on an interim basis with Rich Bisaccia, who went 6-5. If the Raiders beat the Chargers in “Sunday Night Football,” Las Vegas would reach the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and only the second time since 2002, when it lost to the Gruden Buccaneers in Super Bowl 37.