According to a report, the Chicago Bears are one of the NFL teams in talks regarding the potential hiring of Michigan's Harbaugh as head coach.
BY V. CARBONNEAU DECEMBER 1, 2023 (6:23 PM)
Jim Harbaugh's possible return to the NFL has been garnering attention, despite the controversy and penalties surrounding Michigan's alleged sign-stealing scandal. According to The Athletic, at least two NFL teams have expressed interest in him. Fox Sports' Dianna Russini reported that Harbaugh is indeed a target for teams looking to fill head coaching vacancies in the upcoming 2024 offseason. The Bears and Panthers are early contenders in this pursuit.
Russini mentioned that Panthers owner David Tepper and Harbaugh had discussions last year, although nothing materialized at the time. However, the possibility of Harbaugh joining the Panthers is once again on the radar. Additionally, the Chicago Bears have engaged in discussions regarding Harbaugh, depending on the decisions they make regarding their current coaching staff.
Carolina made headlines by firing coach Frank Reich after just 11 games into his first year on the job. Meanwhile, the Bears have struggled with a 7-22 record since hiring Matt Eberflus before the 2022 season. Harbaugh has a connection with the Bears, having played seven seasons for Chicago during his tenure as an NFL quarterback.
Russini highlighted that Jim Harbaugh's name carries respect within NFL circles, and team ownership is intrigued by what he could bring back to the NFL.
Despite facing two suspensions at Michigan this year for alleged NCAA violations, Harbaugh has enjoyed success as both an NFL and college coach. He boasts an 83-25 record in nine seasons with the Wolverines and a 44-19-1 record as the 49ers' coach from 2011 to 2014. Harbaugh has hinted at a potential return to the NFL in recent years, reportedly engaging in discussions with the Broncos and Vikings for previous coaching vacancies.