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A number of NFL jobs are expected to open up this off season, and among them (according to various reports) is the head coaching job with the New York Jets.
Last week, PFT shared that an unnamed NFL franchise was preparing to make a run at Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, despite him recently sharing that he’s staying put in Ann Arbor.
A few days later now, PFT has revealed that team hoping to lure Harbaugh out of Ann Arbor is the New York Jets.
The Jets have been led the past four seasons by Todd Bowles. Bowles signed a contract extension almost one year ago taking him through 2020, but they’ve failed to get things rolling after a 10-6 first season where they narrowly missed the playoffs. Bowles’ second and third seasons saw identical 5-11 finishes, and this season they’re sitting at 4-11 following last night’s win over the struggling Broncos.
The Jets made back-to-back appearances in the AFC title game in 2009 and 2010 under Rex Ryan, losing both of them, and have struggled to find consistent wins in the years that followed.
Harbaugh is 38-13 in four seasons leading the Wolverines, and four seasons seems to be a magic number of sorts for him. Harbaugh turned around Stanford in four seasons going 4-8 his first year in 2007 and 12-1 in 2010 before leaving for the San Francisco 49ers job. There, he spent four years and compiled a 44-19 mark.
Now, about to wrap up year four at Michigan, does he stay put, or will the Jets find themselves in the market for a new head coach be able to put together something together to lure Harbaugh from his alma mater?
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