Is Jim Harbaugh Returning to the NFL?

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On Monday, the Los Angeles Rams announced they were firing head coach Jeff Fisher following a 4-9 start to the 2016 season. By Monday afternoon, rumors were already swirling about potential replacements. Headlining the candidates is Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

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Wait, didn't he like, JUST become the Michigan coach? Yes. But coaching in the NFL is too great an opportunity to pass up. Harbaugh has had unbelievable success at both the collegiate and pro levels, but he's never captured a Super Bowl title. A move to the Rams likely wouldn't earn him a Super Bowl anytime soon, but neither would a stay in college.

This probably sounds like a ridiculous notion at the moment. After all, Harbaugh's Michigan Wolverines finished a pretty successful season at 10-2, in only his 2nd year with the university. But if there's anything Harbaugh isn't, it's reliable. He's never coached a team for longer than four seasons.

The Rams lost to the Atlanta Falcons yesterday, continuing their downward spiral towards futility. Running back Todd Gurley compared their offense to that of a middle school football team. Really? Not even high school? If their offense is really as bad as a middle school's, then what level should the Cleveland Browns' be compared to?

Rams' rookie quarterback, Jared Goff, has been glaringly ineffective thus far. At first, it was puzzling for LA fans to watch their team continually bench Goff week after week to start the season, in favor of Case Keenum. But since Goff, their #1 draft pick, has been starting, things haven't been going fantastic.

In Sunday's loss, Goff went 24 for 41 with 235 yards and two interceptions. Beyond the two picks, it's the quality of the rookie's passes that is worrying fans. He appears to be subscribing to the Alex Smith school of short yardage passing (Smith has become associated with this conservative style as the quarterback of the Chiefs). Goff is a young player who should be slinging the ball downfield at will. The fact that he's being relegated to screen passes is troublesome to say the least.

For their remaining three games, the Rams will have special teams coach, John Fassel take over as the interim head coach. If that name sounds familiar, it's because he is the son of former New York Giants' head coach Jim Fassel.

The Rams will wait until after the season before hiring their next head coach, giving them bountiful time to assess all possibilities. Jim Harbaugh might just be a pipe dream; but given his unpredictable track record, and the rampant unpredictability of everything in 2016, he could very well end up in tinseltown.


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