February 22, 2024
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Jim Harbaugh has spoken to at the very least one NFL workforce every of the final two offseasons however opted to stay on the College of Michigan.

After lastly profitable a nationwide championship with the maize and blue and loads of NFL openings, Harbaugh might return to the professionals this time round. 

It’s all hypothesis at this level, however one in all Harbaugh’s former NFL gamers says groups ought to be lining up for the Wolverines’ head coach.

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Colin Kaepernick interacts with Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh throughout a throwing exhibition at halftime of the Michigan spring recreation at Michigan Stadium April 2, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Mich.   (Jaime Crawford/Getty Photos)

Colin Kaepernick, who performed for Harbaugh with the San Francisco 49ers, says Harbaugh ought to completely return to the professionals.

“Harbaugh is the one coach you name whenever you wish to compete for a championship. Interval,” he advised USA At the moment.

Harbaugh took Kaepernick to a Tremendous Bowl in 2013 with the Niners, the place Harbaugh misplaced to his brother, John, and the Baltimore Ravens.

It was reported in November that each the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears had their eyes on Harbaugh for his or her potential openings. The Bears finally caught with Matt Eberflus, however the Panthers are nonetheless searching for their subsequent coach. 

Harbaugh met with Panthers proprietor David Tepper final offseason. He additionally met with the Minnesota Vikings however mentioned that may be a “one-time factor.”

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers shakes palms with Colin Kaepernick (7) throughout warmups previous to a recreation in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals at College of Phoenix Stadium Sept. 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.  (Norm Corridor/Getty Photos)

The 60-year-old mentioned final 12 months that may be the final time he sought an NFL head teaching gig. However virtually instantly upon profitable the nationwide championship earlier this week, he was requested what’s subsequent.

“I simply wish to take pleasure in this. I hope you give me that. Can a man have that?” Harbaugh mentioned after the sport. “Does it at all times must be, ‘What’s subsequent, what’s the long run?’”

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Harbaugh left the NFL for Michigan in 2015. The Niners had been Harbaugh’s first, and nonetheless solely, NFL head teaching gig.

Harbaugh and Kaepernick before Niners game

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers talks with Colin Kaepernick (7) earlier than a recreation in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium Dec. 28, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif.  (Ezra Shaw/Getty Photos)

In three full seasons with Harbaugh as his head coach (48 video games, 39 begins), Kaepernick went 25-14 as a starter, throwing for 8,415 yards, 50 touchdowns and 21 interceptions on 60.1% passing. He additionally rushed for 1,578 yards on 259 carries, 10 of which had been scores.

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Kaepernick has not performed within the NFL since 2016, shortly after he started kneeling through the nationwide anthem as a protest in opposition to racial injustice and police brutality.

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