NFL Rumors: Jim Harbaugh to Have 2nd Chargers HC Interview amid Falcons Buzz
Joseph LogoFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 22, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 27: Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh during the Big Ten Conference Media Days on July 27, 2023 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN (Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is expected to have a second interview with the Los Angeles Chargers this week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Harbaugh also has a second meeting with the Atlanta Falcons lined up, according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported in December a 10-year, $125 million extension at Michigan remains on the table for Harbaugh. He could feasibly stay in Ann Arbor and help the Wolverines defend their national championship.

The writing appears to be on the wall, however, with the 60-year-old not signing a new deal at Michigan and continuing to entertain NFL overtures. That he has advanced to a second round of interviews with Atlanta and Los Angeles means the situation could be resolved relatively soon.

The Las Vegas Raiders are out of the running after removing the interim tag from Antonio Pierce and installing him as the permanent head coach.

If this is now a two-horse race for Harbaugh, the Chargers might be the final winner. Los Angeles arguably has more to offer thanks to a better overall squad than that of Atlanta and the presence of a genuine franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert.

The Falcons, for their part, might have a different coach atop their wish list.

Team owner Arthur Blank had dinner with Bill Belichick last Thursday, with Blank flying the legendary coach in on his private jet, per The Athletic’s Josh Kendall, Jeff Howe and Dianna Russini.

CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones reported Blank “desperately” wants Belichick but that the partnership is far from a foregone conclusion. He cited a source who put the odds at 50 percent.

Like every other team, the Falcons had been prohibited until Monday from staging in-person interviews with candidates already employed by a team.

Michael Rothstein @mikerothstein

In all, the Falcons have interviewed 13 head coaching candidates so far — and one, Bill Belichick, has been interviewed twice.

Of note there, only Belichick & Jim Harbaugh, prior to tomorrow, have been allowed to interview in person due to NFL rules.

Perhaps that will lead Atlanta to changing course and moving on from both Harbaugh and Belichick.

For now, it looks like Harbaugh still has a few options as he ponders his next move.

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