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Rumors are swirling that Jim Harbaugh could return to the NFL next season after a disastrous run at Michigan.
It’s doubtful many NFL teams will line up at his door, though. If any do, here are the likely candidates:
Los Angeles Chargers
How fitting would it be for the Chargers to keep Anthony Lynn, who should have gotten the boot Sunday after embarrassing the NFL in a 45-0 debacle against New England? Very.
For Harbaugh, the Chargers are ideal. After failing to develop a single QB at Michigan, he’d inherit a stud in Justin Herbert.
However, LA may not want him. With one of the best young QBs in the game, the Chargers should focus solely on Eric Bieniemy, hoping he can teach Herbert some of Patrick Mahomes’ tricks.
The Chargers have playoff talent, and assuming Lynn is gone, they will be the best coaching opening by a mile.
Good fit for Harbaugh. The Chargers can do better.
Houston also has its QB and should focus on Bieniemy, but only one team can land the Chiefs’ coordinator.
Harbaugh would do well in Houston, though there is a ceiling. As great as Deshaun Watson is, the Texans’ front office has botched every trade it has made, has no draft capital, sent DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona, and can’t fix the team’s holes.
Perhaps, Harbaugh could get Houston back to the playoffs. Is that worth coming back to the NFL for?
Ahh, Harbaugh’s old team. If Chicago fires Matt Nagy, I bet they give Harbaugh a look.
Defensively, Chicago’s talent is close to what Harbaugh took to the Super Bowl in San Francisco. That said, none of it will matter if the Bears can’t find a QB.
No team in the NFL is worse off at the most important position in sports. The Jets and Jags are going to draft theirs. The Bears, on the other hand, have to hope some team messes up badly early in the draft.
Because of the uncertainties at QB, Chicago is the third-best fit.
Who would want to coach the Lions?
The state also never wants to see Jim Harbaugh again.