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Report: Jim Harbaugh is interested in Chicago Bears for his return to the NFL

The end of the Matt Nagy era is approaching and that means the Bears are looking for their next head coach soon. One of those men, Jim Harbaugh – a name linked to Chicago for as long as “da passion” and “da fire” became a trustworthy stereotype for what people want in a Bears head coach – seems ready to line up for the upcoming opening.

The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reports that the current Michigan head coach has a potential return to the NFL in mind. And there are two teams in the mix: the Las Vegas Raiders and the Bears, which are described as “another option”. Finishing his best season in Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines not only defeated Ohio State but also qualified for the college football playoffs, with ease, could mean Harbaugh is looking for greener, higher-quality pastures again.

As has undoubtedly been reported ad nauseam every time the Bears have a head coach opening (which they often do), Harbaugh is no stranger to Halas Hall. Harbaugh was the Bears’ primary quarterback from 1987 to 1993, where Chicago qualified twice for the postseason (1990, 1991) while at the center. The Bears were the NFL franchise that convened him and gave him his first shot in the big leagues: a sentimental mark that doesn’t usually fade over time.

Harbaugh also has its connections with the Raiders. They were the organization that got him his first coaching job (quarterbacks coach from 2002-2003). He also has a good relationship with the Davis owning family. If the Bears returned genuine interest in Harbaugh as their next head coach, it would likely spell a scenario where the Raiders overtook Harbaugh first because they like their interim head coach Rick Bisaccia. Bisaccia could lead Vegas to a playoff spot after the turbulent departure of former head coach Jon Gruden.

The reason the Raiders and Bears are even interested in Harbaugh’s service is, of course, his work in San Francisco almost a decade ago. In four seasons from 2011 to 2014, the 49ers won 44 regular season games under Harbaugh, seven playoff games, appeared in three NFC championship games in a row, and even qualified for Super Bowl XLVII. Harbaugh was known not only for assembling a great coaching staff, led by then offensive and defensive coordinators Greg Roman and Vic Fangio, respectively, but also for making the ideal manager-slash “CEO” of a talented, eclectic list of personalities being. These successes, despite rampant (and still active) criticism, were that he might be a little too stubborn to be long-term success. Nevertheless, the previous management skill is always a transferable skill, regardless of longer absences from the league.

There is also the option that Harbaugh is simply using the bears as contractual leverage. The 58-year-old Michigan Man suffered a pay cut ahead of Wolverine football’s best season in years. If there was ever a time to push for a raise and use your NFL benchmarks as a ploy for more compensation, it would be now.

The coming days and weeks will present a fascinating intrigue in Halas Hall. While Harbaugh has his relevant critics, it would be hard to argue that he and the Bears wouldn’t be a solid football game.

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