Jim Harbaugh to the NFL? Broncos among teams ‘doing homework’ on Michigan coach, per report
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh could see another round of NFL interest after the No. 2 Wolverines’ season ended with Saturday night’s 51-45 loss to the No. 3 TCU in the semifinals. Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoffs. According to NFL.com, the Denver Broncos are among the teams “doing their homework” on Harbaugh as a potential candidate to fill their coaching position.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero noted in their report that the Broncos are “one of multiple teams” that have been investigating the potential to try to lure Harbaugh to the NFL, where he was 44-19-1. as San Francisco 49ers coach from 2011 to 2014. The Broncos were chosen in part because of Harbaugh’s ties to Condoleezza Rice, who is a member of team ownership and is on the search committee to replace Nathaniel Hackett. Rice is also an important part of the Stanford college community, where Jim Harbaugh coached before his move to the NFL.
Harbaugh, who is 74-25 in eight seasons at his alma mater, interviewed the Minnesota Vikings last season after leading Michigan to its first Big Ten title since Lloyd Carr and the CFP program’s first-ever appearance, but in reaffirming his commitment to the Wolverines, he said NFL flirtations won’t be a recurring theme every year. He told the Detroit Free Press it was “a unique thing” and while he was intrigued by the prospects of chasing a Super Bowl, he was also excited about chasing a national championship with the Wolverines. . Although Harbaugh himself did not provide any details about Minnesota dealings, multiple reports indicated that Harbaugh was not offered the job and the franchise eventually hired Kevin O’Connell as coach.
Now, Harbaugh’s “one thing” claim will seemingly be put to the test if one of those franchises doing their homework decides to hire the Michigan coach in their coaching search.