What Jim Harbaugh Would Bring to the Oakland Raiders
Nov 23, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh speaks to the referee during the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at Levi
I originally didn’t want to write anything about San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh coaching the Oakland Raiders. It didn’t make sense to me that the 49ers would let him leave after taking them to 3-straight NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance. It made even less sense to me that Harbaugh would want to leave the 49ers much less go to a team as bad as the Raiders are.
I just had enough because I did the Jon Gruden pipe dream and didn’t want to do another one with Harbaugh. But then things continued to come out about Harbaugh rejecting the 49ers last offer and not getting along with G.M. Trent Baalke. There was even talk about the team not forgiving Harbaugh for not being honest about his interest in Peyton Manning in 2012.
Then after digging up Harbaugh’s past with the Raiders, I found where John Madden told the San Jose Mercury News, “Somewhere in Al’s [Davis] mind, he had it that someday Jim would be the Raiders’ head coach. So Mark Davis could very well be trying to carry out his deceased father’s will and bring Harbaugh on board. That’s when it became a real possibility to me and made me think about what Harbaugh would bring to the Raiders.
Turn the page to see what I came up with.