Chargers Have New Competition to Hire Jim Harbaugh

Los Angeles isn't the only team interested in hiring Harbaugh this offseason.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh reacts to a play against Alabama during the first half of the Rose Bowl.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh reacts to a play against Alabama during the first half of the Rose Bowl. / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

With the 2023 regular season officially over, the Los Angeles Chargers’ front office brass will be looking to find their next head coach who can hopefully get them back to the playoffs and return them to contention.

The Chargers will look to make a splash hire after seeing the LA Rams get back to the playoffs this season. However, the head coach that Los Angeles has on its radar is also getting courted by other teams looking to fill their vacancies.

Chargers Rumors: Jim Harbaugh Wants To Return To NFL, Multiple Teams Interested

Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz reported on Monday that the Washington Commanders, Las Vegas Raiders and Chargers are all interested in the University of Michigan head coach, who wants plans to leave Michigan and return to the NFL.

However, Schultz also mentioned Monday that Harbaugh has “a lot of interest” in the Chargers gig. Harbaugh is preparing his Michigan Wolverines to take on the Washington Huskies in the National Championship Game.

The last time we saw Harbaugh coach in the pros was in 2014 with the San Francisco 49ers. In four seasons with the 49ers, he had a 44-19-1 record and went to three NFC title games, along with a Super Bowl appearance in 2012.

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how the Harbaugh sweepstakes play out over the next few weeks. The Chargers have the better quarterback situation with Justin Herbert. However, the Raiders and Commanders' opportunities lend themselves to a new head coach drafting their own quarterback.

After falling flat on their face this season, the Chargers need a significant culture shift, and Harbaugh might be able to do that. This offseason will be make or break for Los Angeles as they try to keep pace in the AFC West.