As Michigan continues to struggle, the speculation about Jim Harbaugh returning to the NFL continues to grow.
Every year around this time, the rumors and reports (which are always wrong) link Harbaugh to NFL head coaching jobs, and not surprisingly, this year is no different.
In a column published on Monday afternoon, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated suggests that we not sleep on the New York Jets as a possible destination for Harbaugh if he decided to make a return to the NFL.
From Albert Breer:
Questions about Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s future have run rampant as his Wolverines have tumbled to 2–4 over the truncated Big Ten schedule—and many in the industry believe he’d want his next step, whether he takes it now or later, to be back into the NFL. So where would he go? The place he has the most obvious connection is Chicago, given he was a first-round pick there. But I’d just keep an eye on the Jets. Owner Woody Johnson’s affection for Harbaugh has been no secret to those who’ve worked in Florham Park over the last decade. Of course, Johnson still hasn’t returned from his ambassadorship in the U.K., which will be coming to an end shortly, and his reentry plan to the team is unclear. So there’s still some uncertainty here. That said, Johnson interviewed Harbaugh for his coaching job all the way back in 2009, and has kept tabs on him since, even covertly taking his temperature on interest in the Jets at points over the years. Keep an eye on that one.
Nation, do you think this will finally be the year that Harbaugh leaves the Wolverines to return to the NFL?