Time flies. It feels like yesterday when we were watching the Harbaugh Bowl and the Baltimore Ravens lifting their second-ever Super Bowl. That, my friends, happened more than a decade ago!
Back then, John Harbaugh was barely past 50 years old and Jim Harbaugh hadn't even crossed the half-century barrier. Now, more than 10 years later, there might be a reunion in the NFL for both brothers after Jim left the 49ers in 2014 to coach at the University of Michigan.
The reason? A vacant head coach position in the Las Vegas Raiders and a potential comeback to the top of the football panorama if the NFL franchise (and the college coach) entertains the idea of leaving Michigan for Nevada.
"Jim Harbaugh has led Michigan to the College Football Playoff the last two years and has them on track to make another appearance this year. It hasn’t all been good for Harbaugh — he was suspended for the first three games this season for alleged violations during the COVID-19 dead period and is now in the midst of an alleged sign-stealing scandal — but he’s clearly a darned good football coach. Harbaugh, 59, has a career 137-52 collegiate coaching record across stints at San Diego, Stanford and Michigan and went 44-19 across four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014, losing in the Super Bowl following the 2012 season."- Tashan Reed, The Athletic
In an article published on Nov. 1, Tashan Reed of The Athletic highlighted Harbaugh as a potential candidate to take over the open (barring the appointed interim head coach for the remainder of the season) head coach position in Sin City.
"Harbaugh has led Michigan to the College Football Playoff the last two years and has them on track to make another appearance this year," Reed noted.
The analyst also reminded readers in his piece that the Raiders "never actually interviewed Harbaugh" the last time they were looking for a head coach, but also pointed out that "there were plenty of rumors tying them to Harbaugh." Will they turn into a reality this time?
As Reed researched, Jim is 137-52 as a college coach spending time at San Diego and Stanford before coaching the San Francisco 49ers, and Michigan after he left the NFL for the last time. During his run as the head coach of Frisco, he went 44-19 in four years.
"If Harbaugh is interested in a return to the NFL, he’s worth pursuing for the Raiders," Reed finished.
Since the Ravens and the 49ers faced each other in the Super Bowl back in February 2013, both teams have only met twice again in 2015 and 2019 splitting the outcome. Baltimore won the first matchup 20-17 but then San Francisco earned a 25-20 victory in the second one.