LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Stanford Cardinal greets his offense after a touchdown during the game with the USC Trojans on November 14, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Stanford won 55-21. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jim Harbaugh
Name: James Joseph Harbaugh. Good, strong, woody name.
Career Record: 25-21 (18-15 in conference)
Credentials: Current head coach at Stanford. Fifteen-year NFL veteran. The Cardinal’s record has improved every year in Harbaugh’s tenure. And now, at 8-1, they’re having their best season since 1935(!). Harbaugh has amassed some nice pelts on his wall during his short time in Palo Alto, including a stunning upset over #1 USC in 2007, and a 55-21 blowout over the Trojans last year that represented the most points ever scored against USC. Also, Harbaugh’s brother is a pretty good coach with Baltimore. Surely, that kind of natural talent in one brother is guaranteed to be found in the other. Right, Roger Clinton?
Harbaugh also oversees a highly prolific offense led by sophomore Heisman hopeful Andrew Luck. I think Jerry Jones wants his next coach to be an offensive mind. He’s done the defense thing with Wade Phillips. He wants someone who can either fix Tony Romo, or groom whoever the team believes can be Romo’s replacement (I still think Romo is worth keeping). With Harbaugh, maybe you score Luck in the 2012 draft and get a nice package deal. There’s little doubt that Harbaugh is rising star in the coaching world, and I feel like this team is better off looking for the next Sean Payton rather than turning around and handing yet another big name veteran coach a big deal.
Weaknesses: You know who else was once a hot coaching prospect at Stanford? Tyrone Willingham. Guhhhhh. AND Denny Green! Double guhhhhhh. They almost cancel out Bill Walsh.
Odds Of Being Named The Next Cowboys Coach: 10/1. Harbaugh narrowly missed out on being named head coach of the Jets in 2009. Rejections like that won’t happen again.
Do You Want Him?: Let us know in the comments.
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