Reports about the Denver Broncos coaching search have emerged, saying that they are looking for someone “established” to be their head coach next year. One established person is Jim Harbaugh, the former San Francisco 49ers and current Michigan Wolverines head coach.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, a source “with knowledge of the situation” revealed that the Broncos have reached out to Harbaugh about filling their head coaching vacancy after the firing of Nathaniel Hackett.
Harbaugh was famously in talks with the Minnesota Vikings this past offseason to become their head coach, but he ultimately decided to return to Michigan before the Vikings position was even filled.
This report has the NFL world talking, with some potentially intrigued about the possibility of an NFL return for Harbaugh.
“I need Jim Harbaugh and Russell Wilson in the same locker room in 2023,” tweeted John Barchard of the Bell and the Bird Podcast.
I need Jim Harbaugh and Russell Wilson in the same locker room in 2023
— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) January 2, 2023
“Jim Harbaugh. Broncos could do worse. Have done worse. But wouldn’t be my choice,” tweeted Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post.
Broncos could do worse.
Have done worse.
But wouldn’t be my choice.
— Mark Kiszla (@markkiszla) January 1, 2023
Harbaugh previously ruled out a return to the NFL after deciding to stay at Michigan, but another brutal loss in the college football playoff to TCU on Saturday may potentially change his mind.
He previously had great success during his time with the 49ers from 2011-2014, going 44-19-1 during his tenure along with a Super Bowl appearance in 2012.
The Broncos’ situation also doesn’t profile as a great coaching job to take for a prestigious coach like Harbaugh.
There was surely one point where Harbaugh would have loved coaching a quarterback like Russell Wilson, but Wilson seems to be declining rapidly and carries a massive contract for the foreseeable future.