Feb 1, 2024; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at an introductory press conference at YouTube Theater at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Peers welcome Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh back to NFL

INDIANAPOLIS — There was no sign of Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh in and around Lucas Oil Stadium as the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine kicked off Tuesday, but the welcome committee was ready to celebrate his return.

“He’s gonna do great,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday at a podium session his brother declined. “We’ve been together the last couple days. He’s fired up, enthusiastic, talking to players, he knows a lot of these guys. It’s been fun.”

Jim Harbaugh is operating in a dual capacity in a sense this week with a record 18 prospects representing national champion Michigan at the combine. Harbaugh left Ann Arbor in January to become head coach of the Chargers, marking his return to the NFL.

As a housewarming gift of sorts, the Ravens didn’t block personnel director Joe Horitz from interviewing with the Chargers, clearing the way for Horitz to leave one Harbaugh for another.

“I don’t know how you can be in a room with Jim and feel rubbed the wrong way. He cares, he’s a great person and he’s competitive. He wants to win ball games,” Horitz said Tuesday. “It’s all about getting better and being the best. I don’t know. I love him. It’s been a blast. I’m talking about the enthusiasm that he has brought to the building. Every day, I come in in the morning, coming into his office, you feel his energy. Our players feel it, our coaching staff feels it. When he walks into the draft room when we’re in meetings, the scouts feel it. It’s exciting, it certainly is.”

Horitz and the rest of the NFL are chasing AFC West bully Kansas City. But for now, Horitz has his hands full balancing the books in Los Angeles.

Individual cap hits of more than $20 million create uncertainty around pass rushers Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack and wide receiver Keenan Allen. Running back Austin Ekeler is a free agent and wide receiver Mike Williams could be a candidate for a renegotiated deal or be moved.

“Certainly, we’re going to be taking a draft-centric approach. I believe in that,” Horitz said. “But, free agency, June free agency, signings right before August, turning the roster during the season. The roster should never be where you want it. … In terms of the cap, I’m confident we can get there because you have to get there (under the NFL-enforced spending limit). I have no choice but to get under the cap, so I can promise you that we’re going to do that.”

The Chargers have the No. 5 pick in the draft, the highest pick the franchise has had since selecting Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert at No. 6 in 2020.

When Horitz makes the draft selection in April, it will be his first as the primary decision-maker in the personnel department. He’s been in a seat alongside Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta since 1998, when Horitz began a scouting apprenticeship under Ozzie Newsome.

DeCosta will notice the change with Horitz calling the shots for the Bolts.

“Joe is just one of my best friends,” he said Tuesday. “I think Joe started in 1998, and I was an office guy and a young scout and took Joe under my wing, and we did a lot of stuff together. Our kids went to school together; he was my pickleball partner; sat next to me during the draft; helped me over the years, run the meetings and assess talent. Joe has got a great eye for talent. He’ll do an amazing job as an evaluator for the Chargers. He’s got good opinions, he’s a consensus builder. The scouts are going to love him. The coaches are going to love working with him, and he’s going to do a fantastic job.”

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Jim Harbaugh looks on during the Michigan Wolverines' national championship celebration at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor on Jan. 13, 2024.

Chargers introduce Jim Harbaugh, who wants ‘multiple’ titles

Jim Harbaugh approached the lectern, thanked the Los Angeles Chargers for another opportunity to coach in the NFL, made a “Shawshank Redemption” reference and proclaimed his goal is to win “multiple” Super Bowls.

The former Michigan coach’s force of personality and colorful analogies were on display as he was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Chargers on Thursday in Inglewood, Calif.

“We’re in one of the great cities there is. One thing I know is Los Angeles, Southern California, they respect talent, effort and winning,” Harbaugh said. “And it needs to be multiple, multiple championships. And we’re gonna be humble and hungry, but that’s our goal.”

Harbaugh’s introduction lasted more than an hour. Before Harbaugh held court with reporters, Chargers owner and chairman Dean Spanos introduced the 60-year-old and told him that the franchise “will do everything in our power to provide you with whatever support and tools you need to be successful.”

The Chargers have gone 36-47 with one playoff appearance in the past five seasons, but they have a franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert for Harbaugh to build around.

Harbaugh, who went on to bring up his love for the sports comedy series “Ted Lasso,” said his excitement about moving to the Chargers was reminiscent of a certain classic film.

“If I could describe it to you, it’d be like Morgan Freeman in ‘Shawshank Redemption.’ … What a free man would feel before a long journey,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh’s departure from his alma mater, weeks after guiding Michigan to a national championship, may not exactly be a prison escape — although there was the possibility he would face additional discipline for alleged recruiting violations during the COVID dead period or a sign-stealing scandal.

The former San Francisco 49ers coach was asked why he left college now, and why he chose the Chargers.

“I felt that the Spanos family, the Chargers organization, they made it feel they liked what I did and how I did it,” Harbaugh said. “That’s all you could ever want from somebody that’s employing you. Love of Michigan, but loved the NFL and this opportunity.

“As my dad would say, who’s got it better than us?”

Harbaugh has made a winner out of every team he’s coached. FCS San Diego went 29-6 during Harbaugh’s three seasons (2004-06) before his four-year tenure at Stanford (2007-10) ended with a 12-1 season and an Orange Bowl victory.

With the 49ers, he went 44-19-1 in four seasons and lost Super Bowl XLVII to his brother John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens before a nine-year, 89-25 tenure at Michigan.

Only three head coaches have won both a college national championship and a Super Bowl: Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer and Pete Carroll, Harbaugh’s now-retired nemesis in the Pac-12 and the NFC West.

“I want another shot to be simply known as world champions,” Harbaugh said. “The Lombardi Trophy. That’s my mission. Happy and grateful to have this opportunity and already attacking, already a lot of work getting done.”

Harbaugh played the final two seasons of his 14-year NFL playing career with the then-San Diego Chargers in 1999-2000.

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Jan 8, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid reacts after the game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens’ John Harbaugh hungry to break Andy Reid’s hex on assistants

John Harbaugh is 1-4 against Kansas City since his former boss, Andy Reid, became head coach of the Chiefs.

Sunday afternoon is another chance for the pupil to get the better of his teacher, and with the AFC Championship on the line.

Harbaugh has been the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens since 2008. He was hired away from Reid’s coaching staff in Philadelphia, where he served as special teams coach and secondary coach of the Eagles.

“I think it’s pretty cool. I look back to those years and you think about all the great coaches that were on the staff that Andy assembled and mentored, taught us all so much,” Harbaugh said. “We were a close group of guys. A staff that loved each other.”

The final coaching staff Harbaugh was part of with the Eagles included current Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and current Kansas City special teams coach Dave Toub as well as former Commanders head coach Ron Rivera, former Vikings coach Brad Childress and former Browns and Giants head coach Pat Shurmur.

Harbaugh was not hired, but inherited, by Reid with the Eagles and retained him from predecessor Ray Rhodes’ coaching staff. Before Reid was fired in Philadelphia, he was 1-1 against Harbaugh and the Ravens.

But wins and losses aren’t what Harbaugh said he’ll ultimately take away from his competitions with Reid. He’ll always associate the affable coach with winning and an uncommon level of grace and humanity for the coaching business.

“One of the things — I tell this story a lot — one of the things with Andy,” Harbaugh recalled this week. “He had this 3×5 card behind his desk on his bulletin board. It said, ‘Don’t judge.’ I got the nerve to ask him about it one time, and he just basically (told us) it was a Biblical principle. Take people where they’re at. Assume the best. Try to communicate with everybody on equal terms. I’ve never forgotten that.”

This is the first time the coaches have met in a playoff game. For Reid, it’s his sixth consecutive trip to the conference championship with the Chiefs. Harbaugh is appearing in his fourth.

In five previous playoff games against former assistants, Reid is 5-0. He beat Buffalo’s Sean McDermott for the third time last week and has wins over Childress (Vikings, 2008) and Doug Pederson (Jaguars, last season).

“He knows the whole game,” Reid said of Harbaugh. “He was a great special teams coach, a great secondary coach and he’s been a great head coach. Very proud of him and all he’s done and accomplished.”

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Outgoing head coach Jim Harbaugh endorsed offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore, right, as the next coach of the Wolverines.

Michigan focused on Sherrone Moore as next coach

Even before he left to take over the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday, Jim Harbaugh had been touting his prospective replacement at Michigan.

Harbaugh said in the lead-up to the national championship game this month that offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore was ready to be a head coach, considering him “proven” based on a 4-0 record as interim coach that included wins at Penn State and over Ohio State during Harbaugh’s multiple 2023 suspensions.

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel vowed to do everything in his power to keep Harbaugh in Ann Arbor. Per reports, Manuel and Michigan offered a $125 million contract that would have made Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in college football. But it wasn’t enough to prevent him from returning to the NFL.

Now that Harbaugh’s exit is official, Manuel said Michigan is moving quickly to replace him with a goal of keeping the coaching staff and defending national championship roster together, and Moore is Harbaugh’s likely successor. NCAA rules permit a 30-day window for players to enter the transfer portal even though the new semester has started.

According to reports, that includes a waiver application to bypass a state law mandating university positions be posted for all applicants to review for seven business days. Manuel likely can make the case for waiver approval under the requirement Michigan has a legitimate position that “business needs of the unit outweigh the University’s intent to provide notice of employment opportunities to the University community and others through the posting process.”

As of Thursday morning, the job had not been publicly posted.

Harbaugh reportedly is planning to hire Michigan defensive coordinator Jesse Minter to run the Chargers’ defense.

“We have been in talks with Jim Harbaugh for the last several weeks and have tried our best to retain him as our football coach,” Michigan president Santa Ono said in a statement. “Jim called me today and let me know that he has made the difficult decision to leave Michigan and join the Los Angeles Chargers in pursuit of his NFL dreams.

“For the fans, the players, and for me personally, we are sad to hear of Jim’s departure. His drive and ambition turned our program around, delivered our first national championship in a quarter century and maintained Michigan as the all-time winningest team in the history of college football.

“I thank Jim for all he has done for the University of Michigan and respect his decision. He has been an extraordinary leader and a friend. I will be cheering for Jim as he embarks on this next adventure.”

Michigan went 15-0, beating Washington in the College Football Playoff national championship two weeks ago to cap a bizarre and scandalous season during which Harbaugh served two suspensions for separate rules violations. He went 86-25 as Michigan’s head coach.

Moore, who turns 38 next week, has never been a head coach at any level. He played guard at Oklahoma during Bob Stoops’ heyday, and said prior to the Rose Bowl he appreciated the opportunity to get a feel for calling the shots on the Michigan sideline.

“The biggest difference is that when you’re the head coach you got to talk with the reps a lot, and that communication can be positive, can be a little negative,” Moore said in Pasadena, Calif. “But I try to manage that as best as possible — making the decisions on the fly in those situations, as a coordinator, especially going for it on fourth down, when you have a head coach there you’re counting on him.

“When you’re the head coach you kind of make that call yourself. But me and (Harbaugh), we have the same mindset of how we would call it, how we would do it in those situations. Those are the biggest differences going from just a coordinator to the head coach.”

Moore arrived at Michigan in 2018 and became co-offensive coordinator in 2020. While not what many in the fanbase would call a “Michigan Man,” Moore said before the national title game that he was more than content in Ann Arbor and not chasing a head-coaching position, citing loyalty to the Wolverines.

“Most coaches at some point in their life want to do that,” Moore said. “When the time comes, the time comes, but I’m in no rush to leave this place, this great university, these students and Coach Harbaugh.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive line coach Sherrone Moore (left), head coach Jim Harbaugh (center) and special teams coordinator Jay Harbaugh against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Wolverines AD thanks ‘Michigan Man’ Jim Harbaugh

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel vowed to do everything in his power to keep Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor.

In the end, Manuel and Michigan offered a contract that would have made Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in college football. But it wasn’t enough to prevent him from returning to the NFL. Harbaugh, now the former head coach at Michigan, is taking over the same role with the Los Angeles Chargers.

“I want to thank Jim for everything he has done for our football program, athletic department and the University of Michigan over the past nine years. Every day, he has worked extremely hard to elevate the stature of Michigan across the world, with the goal of winning championships and developing young men on and off the football field,” Manuel said Wednesday night. “In the end, he wanted to explore and ultimately decided to pursue a return to coaching in the NFL. We can’t thank Jim enough for all that he has done for our student-athletes, staff and Michigan Football. He will always be a huge part of our rich history, and will be remembered as an all-time great Wolverine, as both a championship player and coach.”

Offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore is considering the leading in-house candidate to replace Harbaugh.

Manuel said Michigan is moving quickly to replace Harbaugh with a goal of keeping the coaching staff and defending national championship roster together. NCAA rules permit a 30-day window for players to enter the transfer portal even though the new semester has started.

Harbaugh is reportedly planning to hire Michigan defensive coordinator Jesse Minter to run the Chargers’ defense.

“We have been in talks with Jim Harbaugh for the last several weeks and have tried our best to retain him as our football coach,” Michigan president Santa Ono said in a statement. “Jim called me today and let me know that he has made the difficult decision to leave Michigan and join the Los Angeles Chargers in pursuit of his NFL dreams.

“For the fans, the players, and for me personally, we are sad to hear of Jim’s departure. His drive and ambition turned our program around, delivered our first national championship in a quarter century and maintained Michigan as the all-time winningest team in the history of college football.

“I thank Jim for all he has done for the University of Michigan and respect his decision. He has been an extraordinary leader and a friend. I will be cheering for Jim as he embarks on this next adventure.”

Michigan went 15-0, beating Washington in the College Football Playoff national championship two weeks ago to cap a bizarre and scandalous season during which Harbaugh served two suspensions for separate rules violations. He went 86-25 as Michigan’s head coach.

Moore had a four-game cameo as head coach when Harbaugh served his suspensions.

Moore has never been a head coach at any level. He was an offensive guard at Oklahoma during Bob Stoops’ heyday, and said prior to the Rose Bowl he appreciated the opportunity to get a feel for calling the shots on the Michigan sideline.

“The biggest difference is that when you’re the head coach you got to talk with the reps a lot, and that communication can be positive, can be a little negative,” Moore said in Pasadena. “But I try to manage that as best as possible — making the decisions on the fly in those situations, as a coordinator, especially going for it on fourth down, when you have a head coach there you’re counting on him. When you’re the head coach you kind of make that call yourself. But me and (Harbaugh), we have the same mindset of how we would call it, how we would do it in those situations. Those are the biggest differences going from just a coordinator to the head coach.”

Moore came to Michigan in 2018 and became co-offensive coordinator in 2020. While not what many in the fanbase would call a “Michigan Man,” Moore said before the national title game that he’s more than content in Ann Arbor and not chasing a head-coaching position, citing loyalty to the Wolverines.

“Most coaches at some point in their life want to do that,” Moore said. “When the time comes, the time comes, but I’m in no rush to leave this place, this great university, these students and Coach Harbaugh.”

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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is lifted off the ground by offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore after Michigan won the College Football Playoff national championship game against Washington at NRG Stadium in Houston on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024.

If Jim Harbaugh leaves, is Sherrone Moore Michigan’s man?

Jim Harbaugh flirts hard, and he flirts consistently enough that Michigan had time to plan for his exit.

If Harbaugh seals the deal with the Los Angeles Chargers to return to the NFL, it would come as no surprise to athletic director Warde Manuel. Manuel offered Harbaugh a contract worth $125 million for 10 seasons even before the Wolverines won the national title earlier this month, NFL Network reported.

The writing might have been on the wall when Harbaugh opted not to sign the contract and interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons and Chargers.

He would add to the list of seismic shifts on the coaching ranks this month. Nick Saban retired at Alabama, and national championship runner-up Washington lost Kalen DeBoer to Tuscaloosa as his replacement. That opened the door for Arizona coach Jedd Fisch to flee for Seattle, and the dominoes are still dropping in his wake.

In the NFL, Bill Belichick and the Patriots divorced after 24 years. And now Harbaugh appears determined to join the high-profile relocation plan.

Where does that leave Michigan?

The Wolverines appear to be interested in promoting from within, but defensive coordinator Jesse Minter reportedly is part of Harbaugh’s planned staff in Los Angeles.

Offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore had a four-game cameo as head coach when Harbaugh served multiple suspensions last season.

Moore, an offensive guard at Oklahoma during Bob Stoops’ heyday, said prior to the Rose Bowl he appreciated the opportunity.

“The biggest difference is that when you’re the head coach you got to talk with the reps a lot, and that communication can be positive, can be a little negative,” Moore said in Pasadena. “But I try to manage that as best as possible — making the decisions on the fly in those situations, as a coordinator, especially going for it on 4th down, when you have a head coach there you’re counting on him. When you’re the head coach you kind of make that call yourself. But me and (Harbaugh), we have the same mindset of how we would call it, how we would do it in those situations. Those are the biggest differences going from just a coordinator to the head coach.”

Moore came to Michigan in 2018 and became co-offensive coordinator in 2020. While not what many in the fanbase would call a “Michigan Man,” Moore said before the national title game that he’s more than content in Ann Arbor and not chasing a head-coaching position, citing loyalty to the Wolverines.

“Most coaches at some point in their life want to do that,” Moore said. “When the time comes, the time comes, but I’m in no rush to leave this place, this great university, these students and coach Harbaugh.”

–Field Level Media

Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn walks off the field after 20-6 win over Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023.

Falcons interview Lions DC Aaron Glenn for HC job

The Atlanta Falcons interviewed Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn for their head-coaching vacancy on Friday.

The interview took place virtually with Lions scheduled to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC divisional round playoff game on Sunday.

The Detroit defense ranked 23rd in scoring defense at 23.2 points per game in the regular season and 19th in total defense at 336.1 yards per game. But the Lions racked up seven sacks and held Atlanta out of the end zone in a 20-6 victory in Week 3.

Glenn, 51, is in his third season as Detroit’s defensive coordinator.

Glenn was a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback during a 15-year NFL playing career from 1994-2008. He intercepted 41 passes, returning six for touchdowns, while playing for the New York Jets (1994-2001), Houston Texans (2002-04), Dallas Cowboys (2005-06), Jacksonville Jaguars (2007) and New Orleans Saints (2008).

Atlanta has interviewed nine candidates for the post, including former New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. The Falcons have scheduled a second interview with Belichick for Saturday.

The others to interview with Atlanta are Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Ravens assistant head coach/defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.

The Falcons fired Arthur Smith after Atlanta finished the 2023 season with the same record — 7-10 — for the third consecutive season under Smith.

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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh looks on during the national championship celebration at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024.

Falcons add Jim Harbaugh to interview list

A day after interviewing with the Los Angeles Chargers, Jim Harbaugh spoke with the Atlanta Falcons about their head-coaching vacancy on Tuesday.

The Falcons announced that Harbaugh, fresh off leading Michigan to the College Football Playoff championship, was the seventh person they interviewed in the search for Arthur Smith’s replacement. That list includes five NFL assistant coaches plus former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Harbaugh is also in discussions with Michigan regarding a contract extension but is seeking unique wording in the deal, Yahoo Sports reported on Tuesday. Per the report, Harbaugh would want a clause preventing him from being fired for cause if the NCAA wins up sanctioning the program for rules violations related to ongoing investigations.

Harbaugh served two three-game suspensions during the Wolverines’ title season, the second related to alleged impermissible sign-stealing.

Before taking over as head coach at Michigan, his alma mater, in 2015, Harbaugh spent four years in the NFL as head coach of the 49ers. He logged a 44-19-1 mark in San Francisco, leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season.

He has an 86-25 mark as Michigan’s head coach, guiding the Wolverines to Big Ten championships and berths in the College Football Playoff in each of the past three seasons.

Prior to his time in San Francisco, Harbaugh coached the University of San Diego from 2004 to 2006, logging a 29-6 mark, and Stanford from 2007 to 2010, producing a 29-21 record.

The other candidates who have interviewed with the Falcons are Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald and assistant head coach/defensive line coach Anthony Weaver, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero.

Of those five, only Wilks has NFL head-coaching experience, having gone 3-13 with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 and 6-6 as interim head coach of the Carolina Panthers in 2022.

Belichick recently parted ways with the Patriots after 24 seasons, nine Super Bowl appearances and six championships.

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Dec 31, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) enters the field before the game against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson on 20-day layoff, ‘antsy’ for playoffs

Lamar Jackson ends a 20-day layoff and the Ravens open the playoffs in their divisional round matchup with the Houston Texans on Saturday in Baltimore.

Baltimore and Jackson served a statement victory on New Year’s Eve, whipping the Miami Dolphins, 56-19.

Jackson was rested during the Week 18 loss to the Steelers, followed by a bye week, and spent down time looking at the first matchup with the Texans, a 25-9 win for the Ravens in Week 1.

Houston “didn’t give me a chance to run” and sacked Jackson four times in the opener. The Ravens had only 265 yards total offense, 18 first downs and averaged 3.4 yards per carry on 32 rushing attempts. That was all part of a first effort under new coordinator Todd Monken, and the lack of cohesiveness showed in the form of 13 penalties.

What did Jackson see when he reviewed recent footage of the Texans?

“They are playing lights out ball right now,” he said.

Jackson described his energy as “antsy” on Tuesday, and isn’t thinking about past postseason shortcomings.

He wasn’t available for the 2022 playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals due to a knee injury. That 24-17 defeat was started by Tyler Huntley.

And while the Ravens didn’t reach the postseason in 2021, Jackson’s two-game playoff run after the 2020 season wasn’t memorable. He had a 68.1 passer rating, zero touchdowns and two interceptions over two games: a 20-13 win at Tennessee over the Titans and a 17-3 loss to the Bills in Buffalo.

On the heels of a 14-2 regular season in 2019, Jackson threw for 365 yards but lost to the Titans (28-12) with Tennessee harassing Jackson with four sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

But Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there’s no player more prepared for these playoffs than Jackson.

“Lamar’s ready to go. The guys are ready to go,” Harbaugh said.

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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh lifts the AFCA Coaches' Trophy during the national championship celebration at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024.

Chargers complete interview with Jim Harbaugh

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh interviewed to become head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday.

Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback with the San Diego Chargers for two seasons late in his career, met with the Spanos Family that owns the team.

He called the Los Angeles area “the happiest place on earth” when asked about his interest in returning to the NFL during Michigan’s run up to the Rose Bowl.

Harbaugh guided the Wolverines (15-0) to the College Football Playoff national championship in a 34-13 win over Washington last Monday.

Harbaugh, 60, has a record of 89-25 at his alma mater and made three consecutive CFP appearances. He also coached at the University of San Diego (2004-06) and has a 118-46 record as a FBS head coach at Stanford (2007-10) and Michigan (2015-present).

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14, including the 2012 NFC championship title and a loss to the Ravens and his older brother, Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh, in Super Bowl XLVII. Jim Harbaugh played in the league from 1987-2000 for four teams, including his final two seasons for the Chargers.

Jim Harbaugh was suspended twice during the 2023 season at Michigan for alleged recruiting violations and a sign-stealing scandal, with the NCAA in the midst of ongoing investigations for alleged wrongdoing.

The Chargers are busy interviewing candidates for head coach and general manager. Los Angeles fired Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco on Dec. 15.

Among candidates the Chargers confirmed interviews with since the end of the season are 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken and defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, Las Vegas Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and two internal candidates — interim head coach Giff Smith and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

GM candidates include Ravens director of player personnel Joe Hortiz, New York Giants assistant GM Brandon Brown and Chargers interim GM JoJo Wooden.

–Field Level Media