JLC: Harbaugh Hasn't Coached His Last NFL Game

Jim Harbaugh will ultimately return to the NFL, Jason La Canfora says, and John Harbaugh could be the hottest coaching commodity this offseason

Taz and the Moose
December 07, 2018 - 10:45 am

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After four years at Michigan, Jim Harbaugh hasn’t beaten Ohio State, hasn’t won his division, hasn’t won his conference, hasn’t made the College Football Playoff, and hasn’t won a national championship. As a result, many wonder if it’s time for him to go back to the NFL, especially with so many job openings on the horizon. 

While Harbaugh may ultimately return to the NFL, CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora doesn’t think it will be this season.

“I hear a whole lot more about John Harbaugh than I do Jim Harbaugh,” La Canfora said on Taz & The Moose. “Everybody who thinks they’re definitely hiring a coach or they may be hiring a coach – everybody is watching that situation in Baltimore. John Harbaugh, without a doubt, would be the hottest candidate out there. He would have his pick of the litter.”

Harbaugh has coached the Ravens since 2008. He is 101-71 in the regular season, 10-5 in the payoffs and has won a Super Bowl. The Ravens, though, haven’t reached the playoffs since 2014.

If they don’t reach it this year, Harbaugh could be out of a job – at least for a little bit.

“I think Jim probably interests a few people more than others,” La Canfora said. “Obviously his ties to (Dolphins owner) Stephen Ross through the University of Michigan, Ross trying to hire him in the past – there’s certain people who have always had a bit of a fixation on him who would be open to having him come coach their football team at another time down the road. Is that where he is individually right now? I don’t hear so much about that.”

While Michigan might not be Harbaugh’s last coaching job, he will likely remain in Ann Arbor for a few more years, especially with Urban Meyer retiring.

“I don’t know anybody who believes that he’s coached his last NFL game,” La Canfora said. “I think being the competitor he is and having things end in San Francisco the way it did, I think he’ll be back at some point. I’m not convinced that that’s this winter.”