Making sense of the Jim Harbaugh to the Miami Dolphins rumors

There’s buzz that Jim Harbaugh is connected to the Miami Dolphins Head Coaching opening. Hussam Patel updates the recent reports.

Yesterday, my colleague Tyler DeSena wrote a column about Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh being a potential Dark Horse Candidate in the Miami Dolphins Head Coaching search.

As reported, Harbaugh had an interview scheduled with the Minnesota Vikings.

Per sources, Harbaugh is potentially mulling NFL offers.

While it is not shocking, Harbaugh is considering coming back to the league there are several factors into play.

Money not the primary factor but talks

Money is not the main issue in this situation, Michigan is offering plenty of resources at Harbaugh’s disposal.

A world class facility, complex and stadium to capture the best recruits. While potentially getting a blank check from the University itself.

When the University asked coach Jim Harbaugh to take a pay cut to return this past offseason, he did not flinch.

Harbaugh described it as “no big deal” to the request. His base salary was cut from $8 million to $4 million as part of a four year extension; however, it is maximized with incentives.

“Attacking each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind, as always. It didn’t really mean anything to me. It’s just money.”

Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh

In turn, Harbaugh finally beat Ohio State, won the BIG 10 Championship game and an appearance in the College Football Playoffs.

Unfinished Business

Jim Harbaugh lost in the Super Bowl as the Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to the Baltimore Ravens, against his brother John Harbaugh, 34-31.

If Jim Harbaugh has a chance at something and can not accomplish it, it will motivate him to reach it. It’s exactly what he did to finally beat Ohio State. The potential to get a Super Bowl victory could mean a chance at redemption.

The NFL is just better than College. Little recruiting is done compared to the NFL with better say in who will be in the organization. Along with the new NIL deals and rules in place, there are no worries about potential players transferring out of programs.

A roster full of talent, along with full control of decision making is enticing to any potential NFL Head Coach.

Rumor Mill updates

Per source, there is a Wolverines team meeting this morning; however, it is not anything related to do with Harbaugh or any contract negotiations. It’s business as usual for the Wolverines as Spring Conditioning will take shape soon.

The buzz around Harbaugh to Miami is not gaining much traction around Ann Arbor. It is speculated in coming from the NFL side and to leverage Harbaugh’s negotiations in a new contract extension.

Per source, Harbaugh is considered to be in the mix of the Vikings job and has conveyed interest.

What it means


For Michigan, it says that Harbaugh has done the most what he could do at Michigan. While it may be hard for a lot of Michigan fans to realize is that if not given what he wants the potential is there for him to leave campus.

He beat Ohio State, won a BIG 10 Title, and made the playoffs in one season. No one is winning a national title at Michigan, especially with how powerful SEC schools have become and rival Ohio State with more resources at their disposal.

The salary range for College coaches are rising.  Currently, Michigan State’s Mel Tucker and Penn State’s James Franklin have lucrative contracts. Tucker’s deal is approximated at $9.5 million per year for 10 years, while Franklin has a 10-year contract worth a minimum of $70 million and potentially $10 million more.

LSU lured Brian Kelly out of Notre Dame similar to what Tucker is receiving and USC swooped Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma with a $110 million contract.

Money might not be the primary motivator, but it talks. At this point, its either Michigan or Minnesota.


As for the Miami Dolphins, owner Stephen Ross has claimed that he will not be the one to take Harbaugh away from Michigan. Ross, an alum from Michigan, is a prominent donor to the University.

There have been reports about Harbaugh to Miami, but it’s all about connections and Ross has gone after Harbaugh before.

There has not been any official word on Harbaugh interviewing with the Dolphins organization and directly contradicts what Ross has told the media.

This morning on Peter King’s Football in America column:

“Heard some cryptic things about the Michigan coach over the weekend, including that he’s not likely to get the Vikings job and yet one other job is in play. Not sure which that would be. Would Shad Khan take another shot at a famous college coach? Can’t imagine. Houston? Miami? Steven Ross? No! Who knows. I hear a lot of weird things this time of year”

As of now the main candidate in play for the Miami Dolphins Head Coaching gig is favored to be 49ers Offensive Coordinator Mike McDaniel. McDaniel is scheduled to interview today.

The other candidates include Rams RB and Assistant HC Thomas Brown and Cowboys OC Kellen Moore.

The Dolphins Head Coaching search is a situation to be worth monitoring.

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