Jim Harbaugh to Bring Multiple Michigan Couches in New Venture

Former colleagues reunite in potential NFL coaching shakeup.

by Nouman Rasool
Jim Harbaugh to Bring Multiple Michigan Couches in New Venture
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In a move that could significantly reshape the coaching landscape in the NFL, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is reportedly close to securing a deal with the Los Angeles Chargers, potentially marking his return to the NFL.

In a development that is stirring up the collegiate and professional football communities, Harbaugh is also considering bringing several members of his current Michigan coaching staff with him, should the deal come to fruition.

According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, discussions between Harbaugh and the Chargers have advanced considerably, hinting that an agreement could be imminent. Adding to this, KPRC's Aaron Wilson has reported that Harbaugh is likely to recruit familiar faces from his Michigan staff to join him in this new venture.

Central to Harbaugh's potential coaching team at the Chargers are Michigan's defensive coordinator Jesse Minter and Harbaugh's own son, Jay, who currently serves as the Wolverines' special teams coordinator. Both Minter and Jay Harbaugh are expected to retain similar positions in the NFL, should this transition occur.

Roman's Key Role Speculated

An intriguing aspect of Harbaugh's speculated staffing plans involves Greg Roman, who has a history of working with Harbaugh but not at Michigan. Roman, currently with the Baltimore Ravens, previously served as Harbaugh's offensive coordinator at Stanford and the San Francisco 49ers.

His extensive NFL experience could be a key asset for Harbaugh's potential tenure with the Chargers.

Minter's credentials extend beyond his Michigan role, having previously served under John Harbaugh at Baltimore.

His defensive strategies contributed significantly to Michigan's impressive 15-0 season, culminating in a national championship, and establishing the team as a formidable defensive force in college football. CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones has highlighted the likelihood of Minter following Jim Harbaugh to the Chargers.

Harbaugh is currently regarded as the leading candidate to replace Brandon Staley as head coach. The potential inclusion of Jay Harbaugh is notable, considering his prior experience with the Ravens, including a Super Bowl victory over a team coached by his father.

He joined Michigan's coaching staff in 2015. Both Minter and Jay Harbaugh have demonstrated their coaching capabilities at Michigan, having each served as acting head coach during Jim Harbaugh's suspension for alleged recruiting violations.

Their successful management during this period further bolsters their profiles for potential NFL roles. As per the latest updates from Garafolo, Jim Harbaugh was in Los Angeles on Tuesday for another meeting with the Chargers.

His NFL prospects are not limited to this team, as he has also reportedly interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons. This ongoing story is not just about a coach's potential return to the NFL, but also signifies a potential strategic shift in coaching styles, bridging collegiate success with professional ambitions.