The Jim Harbaugh era at Michigan could soon be approaching its end.
Harbaugh, the longtime NFL quarterback, is in his sixth year at Michigan. The Wolverines haven’t yet broken through and reached the College Football Playoff, let alone beaten Ohio State.
If Michigan parts ways with Harbaugh in the coming weeks, he may not be a free agent for long. The New York Jets need to start making wedding plans for a marriage between Gang Green and Harbaugh.
Jim Harbaugh and Michigan might be headed for a divorce
Certain programs would kill for the success that Jim Harbaugh has had at Michigan.
Through Nov. 9, 2020, Harbaugh is 48-20 at Michigan and has won at least eight games every year. Michigan made a bowl game in all five of those first seasons, although the Wolverines only won one of those games.
Michigan hasn’t lived up to the expectations that came with Harbaugh’s arrival, though. The Wolverines still haven’t defeated rival Ohio State — losses that bit them badly in 2016 and 2018 — and, as a result, haven’t reached the four-team playoff.
Indiana routed Michigan, 38-21, on November 7. The Wolverines are now unranked and host No. 13 Wisconsin on November 14.
The New York Jets could soon fire Adam Gase
Adam Gase and Jim Harbaugh could both wind up with very similar fates in the next few weeks.
The New York Jets lost their first eight games, most of them in embarrassing fashion. Third-year quarterback Sam Darnold has regressed, the Jets have parted ways with numerous veterans, and a team that hasn’t made the postseason since 2010 is en route to miss the playoffs yet again.
The New York Jets’ most recent playoff game was Jan. 23, 2011. The San Francisco 49ers hired Harbaugh, then at Stanford, as their newest head coach 16 days earlier.
Barring a trade in the spring, the New York Jets are on pace to enter the 2021 NFL draft with the No. 1 overall pick. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the presumptive top pick right now, although he can return to school and forego the draft.
However, when the Jets are on the clock for the first time next spring, Gase will not likely be around. Gase is expected to be fired either during this season or immediately after the 2020-21 regular season ends in January.
The New York Jets need to hire Jim Harbaugh — and quickly
If the New York Jets have an opportunity to hire Jim Harbaugh, both sides need to make that partnership happen.
Harbaugh had a successful four-year run with the San Francisco 49ers, going 44-19-1 from 2011-14. San Francisco reached three straight NFC championship games and came a few yards short of defeating Joe Flacco and the Ravens in Super Bowl 47.
The 2021 New York Jets are expected to be far less talented than the 49ers were in 2011. Harbaugh would have a chance to build the team around his image and culture, just as he did in San Francisco, and do so in a division where the New England Patriots no longer reign supreme.
The veteran head coach could also have the opportunity to draft Trevor Lawrence, a move that could revive the Jets and turn their fortunes around.
Harbaugh and Michigan haven’t reached the divorce part of their relationship yet. But if they get there, Harbaugh may not be a bachelor for long, especially if the Jets kick Adam Gase to the curb.