The Chicago Bears Identified as the Prime Destination for a Former Super Bowl-Winning Head Coach
BY V. CARBONNEAU DECEMBER 2, 2023 (3:12 PM)
One prominent name linked to the Bears is Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh has successfully revived the Michigan Wolverines, securing a spot in the College Football Playoffs for two consecutive seasons. With a potential appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game and a chance to become the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, he could be on the cusp of a championship in 2023. However, after nine years in Ann Arbor and a sign-stealing controversy, Harbaugh may be considering a move to the professional ranks.
Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report recently highlighted Chicago as Harbaugh's preferred landing spot if he decides to make the transition. There are several compelling reasons for this choice:
Firstly, the Bears have a more promising foundation compared to some other NFL teams currently seeking head coaches. Despite their four-win season, they possess key building blocks, and with a projected cap space of $63.5 million for 2024, they have room for significant roster improvement through free agency.
Secondly, Harbaugh has a history with the Bears, having begun his NFL career as a first-round draft pick for the team in 1987. During his seven seasons with the franchise, he had a respectable record as a starting quarterback, including one playoff appearance.
Lastly, Harbaugh's expertise in coaching quarterbacks aligns with the Bears' quarterback situation. While he didn't become Chicago's long-term franchise quarterback during his playing days, his coaching experience in the position could prove valuable. The Bears have Justin Fields under contract for the next year and can exercise a fifth-year team option to retain him through 2025. Additionally, they own the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, providing Harbaugh with intriguing options to develop and mold a young quarterback.
Jim Harbaugh had a successful stint in the NFL, with the San Francisco 49ers, leading the team to the playoffs in three out of his four seasons as head coach. Although he came close to winning a Super Bowl, his immediate success in Chicago may not be guaranteed, but the potential is there, thanks to the building blocks in place.