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3 NFL Teams Crazy Enough to Hire Jim Harbaugh

Isaiah De Los Santos
Jim Harbaugh might be on the outs in Michigan, and these three teams could at least consider him to be their next head coach.
Jim Harbaugh might be on the outs in Michigan, and these three teams could at least consider him to be their next head coach. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines have had a truly terrible season, and it looks like the team's marriage with head coach Jim Harbaugh could be coming to an end. Harbaugh had prior college success at Stanford and NFL success with the San Francisco 49ers, but he's been unable to help Michigan win its biggest games.

Harbaugh is expected to pursue an NFL gig again if he does leave the Wolverines. Even though his Michigan tenure may end poorly, these three teams could be crazy enough to take a chance on Harbaugh as their head coach.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

With the Jacksonville Jaguars racking up repeated losing seasons and a dismal 1-11 record this year, Doug Marrone is likely on his way out. Hiring Harbaugh would be a splashy move, but it also makes sense. The Jaguars made the AFC Championship in 2017 thanks to a defense that ranked second in fewest points and yards allowed. Harbaugh is a coach that values defense, with his 49ers teams ranking in the top 10 for fewest points and yards allowed in each of his four seasons in San Francisco. Harbaugh could help bring a defensive identity back to Jacksonville.

2. New York Jets

The New York Jets would be smart to move on from head coach Adam Gase after their miserable season. Harbaugh could be the big-name hire that injects some life back into the team. Harbaugh's teams are known for their grit, and he would bring that to the Jets, who have been accustomed to being bullied by teams around the league in recent years. Hiring Harbaugh would be a way to generate some excitement for a team that's been on a downward trend. And if the Jets land Trevor Lawrence, Harbaugh's reputation as a QB-friendly coach gives another reason as to why this is a great fit.

1. Detroit Lions

The Matt Patricia era in Detroit is finally over, and the Lions should look at Harbaugh to replace him. Harbaugh's connection with the state of Michigan runs deep, as his dad, Jack, coached both Michigan and Western Michigan. Harbaugh also played quarterback at the University of Michigan before being a first-round draft pick. The pairing between the Lions and Harbaugh just makes sense. He would bring a hard-nosed mentality that Detroit fans are sure to appreciate, and he'd be eager to challenge other NFC North teams for the division crown each year.

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