On Sunday, it was reported that some NFL teams are doing some homework on Jim Harbaugh and a potential return to the NFL head coaching realm. Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport were on this report and indicated that the door for the former 49ers head coach to return to the NFL is not totally closed.
They cite that a source close to the situation indicated as much. If there is any chance that the Denver Broncos could get Jim Harbaugh as their next head coach, they should have serious interest.
The Broncos should keep tabs on Jim Harbaugh
Harbaugh, 58, checks the boxes that the Broncos would likely want in their next head coach. He’s a veteran coach; he’s been a head coach before at the college and NFL levels. He’s an offensive mind and would likely know how to maximize Russell Wilson and the offense.
Not only has he been a head coach at multiple levels, but he’s had a winning record at each stop. From 2011-2014, he coached the San Francisco 49ers, leading them to two NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance.
In total, combing regular and post-season, Harbaugh went 49-22-1 in four years as an NFL head coach. His 44 games won during the regular season averages out to 11 per year, and that was during the 16-game season.
At the college level, he’s coached San Diego, Stanford, and Michigan where he currently coaches. He’s enjoyed a 13-0 season this year and a berth in the college football playoff.
The Denver Broncos' recent loss to the Baltimore Ravens proves what we've seen all season, which is that Russell Wilson is not the primary issue.
Given how lucrative college coaching salaries can be, the Broncos would have to fork over quite a bit of change to make this happen, and Jim Harbaugh himself would have to want to come here, but there is no denying his success as a coach and is someone who should be at the top of Denver’s list.