With more wins in 2013 (12) than the Raiders have had since 2012 (9), Jim Harbaugh is easily the most high-profile coaching target the Raiders could possibly be in a position to pursue.
READ MORE:Nebraska Bo Pelini fired – Football team dismisses head coach who never had a losing season Amari Cooper Alabama wins Iron Bowl – Amari Cooper sets rivalry record with 13 catches, 224 yards Ray Rice NFL interest – Four teams allegedly interested in RB Ray Rice
The strange relationship between the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh that has been successful at the best of times and downright hard to stomach at its worst could be taking another turn at the end of the season with other coach-needy teams vying for Harbaugh’s services.
Adam Schefter of ESPN and Jay Glazer of FOX both report that Jim Harbaugh’s status as head coach the 49ers will be determined after the season, and that if he goes it will happen via trade. Per Schefter, the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets are believed to be interested in trading for Harbaugh.
Schefter also says there’s a chance that Harbaugh will get a new contract in San Francisco, but based on recent events it may be difficult, especially if Harbaugh turns the season around and takes the 49ers to the postseason – which would mean he’d likely want even more than what he already has wanted in the past.
Harbaugh is 43-16 as head coach of the 49ers since joining the team in 2011. He has led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game in each of the last three seasons, winning in 2012 but losing to the Baltimore Ravens (and his brother John Harbaugh) in Superbowl XLVII.