The NFL coaching carousel is about to start up again in earnest, so get ready for this year’s edition of the Jim Harbaugh-to-_____ rumors.
The latest report last night indicates that the New York Jets intend on making a run at the Michigan head coach. The Jets are set to move on from Todd Bowles once the season concludes.
Now, Harbaugh’s name is bandied about for job openings every year like we said. He’s already been mentioned as a fit in Green Bay and Cleveland.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Harbaugh stated he wants to stay at Michigan. Program insider John U. Bacon echoed those sentiments today.
“No matter who is taking a run at Harbaugh these days, he has not shown one sign of leaving, and a ton for staying,” Bacon wrote.
.No matter who is taking a run at Harbaugh these days, he has not shown one sign of leaving, and a ton for staying. So, unless you hear it from Harbaugh himself, or a reputable source like @SamWebb77, freely discard it. These only come up every five seconds, since he returned. https://t.co/gVkxAAy1fM
— John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) December 24, 2018
Harbaugh has taken Michigan to within one game of the Big Ten East title in two of the last three seasons, only to fall to Ohio State. Those losses not only cost them a shot at a conference crown, but eliminated them from College Football Playoff contention as well.
It makes sense that a franchise like the Jets, which needs some stability and gravitas as it looks to build around franchise quarterback Sam Darnold, would turn to Harbaugh. He would give them an instant boost in credibility.
However, if Harbaugh’s own words are to be believed, it seems unlikely that New York or any team can get him to leave Ann Arbor right now.