Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan Wolverines just defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Rose Bowl to advance to the National Championship and all anyone can talk about is whether or not Harbaugh is going to make the leap to the NFL. Specifically, Harbaugh has been connected the most to his former team, the LA Chargers.
The Chargers are reportedly interested in Harbaugh with President John Spanos telling reporters that money would not be an obstacle in hiring a head coach. With Harbaugh hiring an agent with deep ties to the organization (as well as having a reported love for Justin Herbert), many are assuming that if Harbaugh returns to the NFL it will be with the Chargers.
As of right now, Harbaugh's main focus is on winning the National Championship with Michigan. But even if the Wolverines are unsuccessful, Harbaugh may already be satisfied with the job he has done with the program.
In an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, NFL insider Adam Schefter shared his perspective about Harbaugh's goal with Michigan and how he has already accomplished it.
"My perspective always has been that Jim wanted to restore greatness to Michigan. He's done that. He's now one game away from winning a national title and fulfilling a goal, I'm sure, of his and the school's and everybody involved in the program. So if and when he were to do that, or even not do that, I think that would leave him with one goal that he would like to accomplish in his great football career. And that would be to win a Super Bowl. "
Adam Schefter's latest on Jim Harbaugh favors the Chargers, hurts Michigan
Winning a National Championship is obviously the best thing a head coach can do at the college football level but based on what Schefter is saying, it seems like Harbaugh's goal with Michigan wasn't that linear. While that is obviously part of the goal, the bigger picture for Harbaugh seems to be returning Michigan back to being a powerhouse, which he obviously has done.
If Harbaugh is at peace with what he has done at Michigan then it might not even take a National Championship for him to think that his work there is done and move on. Now if the Wolverines actually win the thing (they are favored)? Then this makes it seem like Harbaugh is a guarantee to leave.
Schefter later said in his appearance that it would take the right offer from the right NFL team, so the door is not completely closed on Michigan. But the Chargers have the means to make the right offer, and certainly are the right team.
The Spanos family has been cheap with head coaches in the past but there is reason to believe that has changed. After all, the front office has committed to spending a lot in free agency in recent years and is even opening a brand-new training facility this year that cost $270 million. As painful as the move to LA was in the early stages, playing in the country's second-biggest media market has its perks. One of those perks is being able to spend big on a head coach.
The Chargers should be wiling to open the checkbook for Harbaugh and we all know that Michigan will. If both sides are offering big-time money then it all comes down to what Harbaugh personally wants to do.
And based on Schefter's latest, it seems much more likely that Harbaugh would hitch his wagon to a franchise quarterback to try and go win a Super Bowl.
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