Jim Harbaugh has been connected to the Chicago Bears plenty of times before. On a recent episode of The Herd, show host Colin Cowherd discussed Harbaugh potentially leaving Michigan to become the next head coach of the Bears.
This would have been an intriguing topic to discuss several years ago, before Harbaugh ever took the job at Michigan. But right now, things are great for Harbaugh at Michigan. He is much too comfortable where he is after a Big Ten title and a College Football Playoff appearance. Cowherd put it well in his segment:
I have a unique perspective here and I'm sure that I'm not alone. I'm a fan of both the Bears and the Wolverines and have been my entire life. It's been sad at times, don't get me wrong, but I am loyal to my teams no matter how badly they make me want to rage-quit in the middle of a season.
I want both the Bears and the Wolverines to succeed, but if one must be sacrificed for the other, I'd rather it be the one who is close to winning. It sounds crazy, right? I'm not saying Michigan will win a national title next year, but they were at least in the playoffs this past year.
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Overall, Harbaugh has done an alright job as the head coach at Michigan, but he hasn't been anything special. Though the Big Ten is a strong league, it's not as much of a gauntlet as college football's cream of the crop. Even so, it took Jim several years just to beat Michigan's biggest rival in Ohio State. Once the Wolverines met an SEC team in Georgia, they collapsed in embarrassing fashion. It was like they didn't belong in the same league as the Bulldogs.
Why would it be any different with the Bears at an even higher level?
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In my opinion, the mere presence of Justin Fields in the locker room is enough to entice a coaching candidate. Fields spent his first year learning and playing in a poorly run system, but that isn't his fault. Yes, he was bad, but he also displayed flashes of greatness. That is enough to work with from a player who will only be entering his second NFL season when a new coach inevitably takes the reins.
If the Bears' job is that attractive, then they can find someone else to bring in. George McCaskey should spare us Bears fans the same fate that I have as a Michigan fan and keep Jim Harbaugh away from this team. Would he be better than the atrocious Matt Nagy? Probably, but the Bears can find better help elsewhere.
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