With the surprise firing of Brian Flores, the Miami Dolphins are looking for a new head coach.
As is tradition over the past few years, Jim Harbaugh has been a hot topic now that there are multiple NFL coaching vacancies. Even though he seemingly indicated that he was staying at Michigan, Harbaugh reportedly told a potential Michigan recruit that he will “entertain” conversations with NFL teams. Add Jay Glazer’s report that Harbaugh was “calling around” to see who would be interested in joining his staff if he went to the NFL, and the rumor mill will be filled with “Jim Harbaugh to (insert NFL team) rumors” until he either accepts a job or all the vacancies have been filled.
Team owner Stephen Ross said that he’s “not going to be the person to take Jim Harbaugh from the University of Michigan” and multiple reporters including ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Palm Beach Post’s Joe Schad, and MMQB’s Albert Breer have said that the Dolphins are not going after Harbaugh and that Flores’ firing was unrelated.
Nevertheless, due to Ross’ connections as a Michigan alum and donor, as well as the apparent surprise of him firing Flores, it’s led to people’s minds racing to imagine Harbaugh coaching in Miami even though Ross himself said it’s not happening.
Brian Flores has been fired by the Dolphins, and I imagine owner Stephen Ross will go after Jim Harbaugh.
Ross graduated from Michigan, has donated $400 million to the school & has been enamored with Harbaugh for years.
He can also offer Harbaugh 2-3x what he makes at Michigan.
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) January 10, 2022
can't wait to see how they skirted the Rooney Rule on their way to hiring Jim Harbaugh. this should be a hilarious story
— Roy Bellamy (@roybelly) January 10, 2022
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has long been a Jim Harbaugh admirer. https://t.co/RDA5DXOBGq
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 10, 2022
Text from a former NFL GM:
"Only way firing Flores makes sense is if [Miami] already have a new HC lined up. I bet it is Harbaugh."
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 10, 2022
You’re only firing Flores if Harbaugh is coming. Also would assume Dolphins have plans to have a new QB under center too. But these are the Dolphins. They could end up with Nick Foles and Bill O’Brien.
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) January 10, 2022
So last week Jim Harbaugh talks about maybe coaching in the NFL.
Miami owner Stephen Ross is tight with Harbaugh.
And now Flores is suddenly fired. And no reporter mentioned this alleged power struggle all season. Hmmm…
Did Ross get Harbaugh to come to miam?
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) January 10, 2022
Stephen Ross ain’t watchin Jim Harbaugh coach another NFL team again https://t.co/TDNnHmDnKy
— Michael Smith (@michaelsmith) January 10, 2022
Harbaugh & Fangio is a really enticing pairing. You know Fangio would probably ride out being his DC & not leave too. Could Harbaugh get someone like Kromer to coach OL? That trio would be VERY appealing.
— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) January 10, 2022