With the 2017 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror and the Chicago Bears making a trade for their supposed franchise quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, it would appear that the franchise is in a rebuilding mode and their head coach John Fox may not be the long term answer for the organization; with that said, the possibility of Jim Harbaugh leaving Ann Arbor for Soldier Field is a possibility.
When hired by the University of Michigan in 2015, Jim Harbaugh was the perfect fit for a school that has a storied history as he was a famed-alumni with an impressive resume. Harbaugh led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and won the Orange Bowl at Stanford in 2010. In his first 2 seasons in Ann Arbor, the former first round pick has accumulated a record of 20-6 and has the Wolverines on the doorstep of greatness. With that said, why would he ever leave what appears to be his dream job?
The Lure of the NFL
From all accounts, it appears that if Harbaugh were going to go back to the NFL, his dream job would be with the Chicago Bears. After being a first round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft of the franchise, Harbaugh has a great deal of respect for the Halas family and is said to still have a close relationship with his former head coach Mike Ditka. That, coupled with a salary that could be in the $20 million range could be enough for the coach to take another challenge in his career.
The Desire to mold young Quarterbacks
One thing that Jim Harbaugh has displayed in his coaching career is bringing the best out of quarterbacks. He helped mold Andrew Luck into the first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft and he guided both Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick to a level of success they have not matched since not performing under his tutelage. The Chicago Bears went out and made a move to draft North
Carolina signal caller Mitchell Trubisky with the 2 nd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The feeling is that under Harbaugh, Trubisky could be a superstar in the making.
While Jim Harbaugh leaving the friendly confines of the “Big House” would bring heartbreak to those in the Ann Arbor area, we have to remember that coaching is big business. Unlike other coaches such as Nick Saban, Harbaugh is a rare breed that has displayed that he can win at both the college and professional level. The desire to have Jim Harbaugh as a school or franchises head coach has never been higher. The question that may be presented in the near future is what does Harbaugh want to do? Does he want to stay at his alma mater and continue to build a once- proud program in a national powerhouse or does he want to chase that elusive Super Bowl that he has never obtained at the NFL level? Only time will tell which direction the coach goes.
Bill Amadeo is a partner at the law firm McManus PLLC in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He also works as an Associate Attorney for Grabel and Associates in Lansing, Michigan. In addition to his legal career, Bill owns and operates BAT Tutoring in Lansing, Michigan. He is a contributing writer for “We Love Ann Arbor” and “We Love Dexter”. He can be reached at: [email protected].