Jim Harbaugh Eyes Former 49ers All-Pro Linebacker to Join Staff

The Los Angeles Chargers are filling out their coaching staff and Jim Harbaugh is looking to bring a former player on board.
Feb 1, 2024; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh poses with helmet at
Feb 1, 2024; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh poses with helmet at / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Jim Harbaugh era begins with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2024 and they have begun filling out the coaching staff. There will be plenty of new faces around the building and the Chargers are looking to add coaches to the defensive staff.

Jesse Minter comes over from Michigan with Harbaugh and will be the defensive coordinator. A few position groups are available and linebackers coach is one of them but Los Angeles has someone already in mind.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Chargers have their sights set on making former 49ers All-Pro linebacker NaVarro Bowman the new linebacker coach. Nothing is official but it's trending in that direction.

Harbaugh and Bowman have a rich history together dating back to their time in San Francisco from 2011-2014. Bowman produced three All-Pro campaigns under Harbaugh and was one of the best at his position.

In his eight-year career, Bowman racked up 798 total tackles, 14 sacks, and five interceptions. These two men found plenty of success together, reaching the NFC Championship Game all three years Harbaugh was the coach.

The 60-year-old coach now looks to add his former player to his staff. Bowman, who retired in 2017, has spent the last three seasons as a defensive analyst at Maryland. This would be his first NFL coaching gig.

The linebacker position for Los Angeles needs a revamp outside of Daiyan Henley and Bowman could be the man to lead the charge. It's possible that both Kenneth Murray and Eric Kendricks aren't on the roster in 2024.

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