…there are 8 job openings in the NFL that we know as of this morning. So the 8 jobs are, let’s go West to East: Oakland, San Francisco, Denver, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Miami, Tennessee and Carolina….that’s your 8 jobs.
So right now I’m going to tell you, in my opinion, Jim Harbough could have any of these jobs, I would hire Jim Harbough. I will tell you – and give you the reasons why, in what order, would I want the job. Now #8 of the 8 job openings – remember, Minnesota is keeping their coach, Dallas is probably keeping their coach, the Giants are absolutely right in keeping Tom Coughlin, inexplicably San Diego is keeping Norf Turner, it looks like Houston is keeping theirs…so I’m not counting these. I’m counting, Cleveland, Cinncy, Carolina, Oakland, San Francisco, Denver, Tennessee, Miami.
So # 8, the 8th of the 8 teams I would want to be the coach off is Oakland. You don’t have the right QB, you’ve got a bizarre owner, and you’re not going to get any power…no thank you! The #7 job would be Denver. I like the owner, you’ve got some skilled people I like – there are some pieces there, but I’d have to play Tebow and the rest of the team is not that talented. The # 6 job I would like, probably going with Cincinnati. Bengals ownership – not very good, Mike Brown’s ownership not very good, an organization that you hear a lot of stories about, frugal to the point of being cheap. A lot of divas, that’s got an aging QB with divas on the outside. So I would say Oakland at #8, Denver #7, Cinncy #6.
At #5 – and I actually think the list starts turning now and it gets more attractive, and that team is Cleveland. I get Mike Holmgren – who is a leader, Colt McCoy showed real signs this season. I think Cleveland, I don’t like the division they’re in, but they’re about 3 players away. Perhaps a defensive end along with a receiver and a guard, from being pretty good…they remind me of the Lions, not that far off, they‘re a good draft away
#4 is Tennessee, very good offensive and defensive lines; I’ve got a couple of superstars, though not enough for my liking on the outside especially after Kenny Brit. I don’t like the QB situation; I don’t want to inherit Vince Young or Kerry Collins as my starter …so that’s the 4th best job.
#3, now the list gets tasty. I think Miami is the 3rd best job, I think Chad Henne has potential, he and the offensive coordinator Dan Henning did not get along, they’ve got a superstar wide receiver, the pieces are in place, outside of the patriots…it’s a winnable division, I get Buffalo a couple of times, the Jets are beatable. I like the Miami job….though don’t love it, but I like, so if Harbaugh comes there, better relationship with Chad Henne, this could be a really good football team.
#2 job is the Carolina Panthers. If I’m Harbaugh and the Panthers have the # 1 pick…I get Andrew Luck! That is really nice. Now there are some real limitations on the outside offensively and I don’t love their personnel. But I get Luck, and remember that in that division, the last place team has always bounced back the following year to be formidable, if not, win the division.
And the #1 job that I like is San Francisco, I don’t have to move my family, my wife’s just had a baby, I really like they’re talent. There are reports that Harbaugh and San Francisco, that there is some potential there. There are reports that Harbaugh and Michigan, over the years, eroded has him going back to his home.
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