If the Houston Texans decide to get a new coach, it shouldn’t be Jim Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh has been out of the NFL for quite a while now. The Houston Texans should keep it that way.
Everyone remembers Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49er’s meteoric rise from bottom-dwellers in the NFC West to being one of the NFC’s best. Then, falling just short in Super Bowl XLVII, Harbaugh saw his team lose key players to retirement and had the meddling Jed York and Trent Baalke (who is now inspiring Jaguars fans to wear clown costumes to their season finale) destroy his roster.
Since leaving after the 2014 season, Harbaugh has been at the University of Michigan and just captured his first outright Big Ten Championship. Aidan Hutchinson had a breakout year and could be one of the first two picks off the board come draft day.
Harbaugh has had his success, but his lack of higher stakes-success has also worked against him.
Jim Harbaugh is just empty calories in the postseason- a warning sign for the Houston Texans
Insert the John Mora “Playoffs?!” quote here. Yes, the Houston Texans need to start winning regular-season games badly. However, Harbaugh has failed to win all but one of his bowl games since landing at Michigan in 2015 (2-6 record all-time).
On top of it, Harbaugh just seems to be too over the top when it comes to reacting on the sideline. I’m all for being fired up, but Harbaugh goes way over the top in some instances. Forcing the refs to throw a flag on yourself is a brutal momentum killer and starts gnawing away at your team’s culture.
Michigan didn’t even want Harbaugh back and was super close to firing him until they agreed to a pay cut. That worked out nicely for both parties with the results of their 2021 season.
Harbaugh is a tempting candidate, but the Houston Texans should stay away. There are better candidates out there.