The Las Vegas Raiders could make a huge splash by hiring Jim Harbaugh as their next head coach, and Harbaugh wouldn’t be the only big name they might land.
The future of the Las Vegas Raiders could depend on what happens in their game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. If the Raiders can come away with a win, they would make the playoffs and interim head coach Rich Bisaccia would deserve legitimate consideration to be the full-time head coach.
With that being said, the possibility exists for the Raiders to hire Jim Harbaugh away from the Michigan Wolverines program, bringing him to Las Vegas and back into the NFL where he was, frankly, awesome before.
Getting Harbaugh would be such a big coup for the Raiders that even if Bisaccia is able to lead them to the postseason, it’s a move they might consider.
If nothing else, Bisaccia deserves a promotion or raise after the season, but if the Raiders can land Jim Harbaugh, it might stand alone as the best hire any team makes in the 2022 circuit regardless of what happens with other openings around the league.
Jim Harbaugh may not be the only big splash for the Raiders
The rumor mill is swirling on Friday leading up to Black Monday, and the Raiders have had plenty of time to come up with whatever options they will want to dive headfirst into after their season is over.
If Harbaugh is their top priority, there’s certainly a lot of smoke leading to that fire.
There has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding Harbaugh lately, and specifically, the potential of him joining the Las Vegas Raiders.
If Harbaugh were to join the Raiders, it would not be shocking at all for him to be able to bring back his old defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers — current Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio — along with him.
The Broncos play their regular season finale on Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs, who are still jockeying for the top seed in the AFC. Regardless of what happens in that game between the Broncos and Chiefs, Fangio’s status for 2022 appears to be up in the air at best, leaning towards the Broncos moving on at worst.
If the Broncos let go of Fangio, he would be an obvious candidate to join Harbaugh with the Raiders which would give the Raiders arguably the most coveted head coach candidate as well as the guy who would undoubtedly have teams lining up to hire him as a defensive coordinator.
The way the Raiders are currently constructed would be perfect for Harbaugh to step into, and obviously, they are going to continually be a top destination for free agents due to the fact that there is no income tax.
Who knows? That could be playing a factor for Harbaugh as well.
While most people think the threat of Harbaugh leaving Michigan is likely a ploy for him to get more money from his current employer, he has a legitimate chance to become the highest-paid head coach in the NFL if he leaves Michigan as well.