Charles Woodson Would Rather Jim Harbaugh Coach Michigan Than Raiders


Charles Woodson has had a Hall of Fame career in the NFL and has reached legendary status with the Oakland Raiders as well as the Green Bay Packers, but many will remember him first as a legendary defensive player with the Michigan Wolverines than won the Heisman Trophy over Peyton Manning (and pre-pill addiction Ryan Leaf) before coming to Oakland. So when talking to fellow Michigan man Rich Eisen on Eisen’s show on Tuedday, the topic of Jim Harbaugh was going to come up as the former Michigan quarterback is in the mix with both the Raiders as well as the Wolverines with his job with the Niners on thin ice.

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Woodson dropped quite the quote when asked about Harbaugh, saying he would rather see the Niners head coach lead the Maize and Blue than his current team. Even if there have been numerous reports indicating that it is more likely that Harbaugh will stay in the NFL than head back to the college ranks in Ann Arbor.

“If the choices were out there, it would definitely be Michigan. As a guy that played there, the fans would love it, it would be great for recruiting and just to have a guy that’s proven — he’s won everywhere he’s been as a coach,” said Woodson on the Eisen show. “If he went to Michigan, I’d say, yeah, and go blue.

Woodson also added that he is aware of the reports from both Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport indicating that Harbaugh will be looking at the NFL first, telling Eisen it isn’t looking overly likely that Harbaugh will be coming back to Michigan to coach.

“But it doesn’t sound too good right now,” said Woodson on the chances of Harbaugh going back to coach the Big Ten school.

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It is interesting that Woodson would rather see Harbaugh coach the Wolverines, but as a former Michigan legend talking to Rich Eisen it is likely that the Raiders safety would prefer longterm success for his former school that Harbaugh would surely guarantee as recruits would be lining up to restore the school’s tradition of being one of the powers in the Big Ten right away. Things aren’t so easy in the NFL with the salary cap and the draft, but if Harbaugh does come to Oakland it is unlikely that Woodson would be complaining that the Wolverines quarterback would be running the show with the Raiders in what is a win-win situation for the Oakland and Michigan legend.