Jim Harbaugh Takes Next Step Toward Landing Chargers Job

The University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is set to have a second interview with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh looks on during second half of the College Football Playoff
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh looks on during second half of the College Football Playoff / Melanie Maxwell / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Los Angeles Chargers are still pursuing a new head coach after firing Brandon Staley last month. The Chargers have interviewed multiple head coaching candidates as this franchise tries to get back on track.

One of the candidates they’ve interviewed is University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, who is one of the trendier picks in the coaching carousel. Harbaugh recently won a national title at Michigan a couple of weeks ago and could look to make that jump back into the NFL arena.

Chargers Rumors: Los Angeles To Conduct Second Interview With Jim Harbaugh

Harbaugh must’ve made a great first impression on the Chargers’ brass as he’s expected to meet with Los Angeles for a second time this week about their head coaching vacancy, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The former San Francisco 49ers head coach is the first head coaching candidate to receive a second interview from the Chargers. The only other team Harbaugh has interviewed with is the Atlanta Falcons. 

Harbaugh interviewed twice with the Falcons, but it looks like Atlanta has its eyes set on former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. 

Harbaugh would be an excellent fit for a Chargers team looking to inject some life back into the franchise after the Staley tenure went south. Los Angeles had a disappointing 2023 season filled with poor play and injuries. 

Whoever the new head coach is will have the tall task of getting star quarterback Justin Herbert on track, who played in 13 games because of a finger injury. Herbert completed 65.1% of his passes for 3,134 yards, 20 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

Harbaugh had a solid four-year stint with the 49ers, where he compiled a 44-19-1 record and went to NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl appearance in 2012. 

Nonetheless, fans shouldn’t expect an immediate change overnight if Harbaugh becomes the new head coach. But it would be a great first step in making Los Angeles competitive in the AFC and AFC West.

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