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    Keidel: For The Sake Of Jets Fans’ Sanity, It’s On Woody To Finally Get This Right

    Keidel: Jim Harbaugh Is An Absolutely Perfect Fit For The Jets
    November 21, 2014 10:36 AM

    Since we all seem simpatico on the Jets and Giants — that both will have new head coaches next year — the rabid speculation begins.

    The New York Post puts Tom Coughlin’s chances at 50-50. And even with the surreal loyalty of owner Woody Johnson, it’s clear that Rex Ryan is perilously close to a pink slip.

    So as we parse the conga line of potential coaches, it’s fair to wonder when one of our NFL clubs will consider Jim Harbaugh, who will have unlimited suitors for his services after this season. But only we can offer him suitable lights, media, money and Madison Avenue.

    Harbaugh has endless football bona fides. He played 15 years in the NFL. He turned Stanford into a behemoth. He took a floundering 49ers franchise and instantly made the team a juggernaut. He took Alex Smith to an NFC Championship Game, then took Colin Kaepernick to two more and a Super Bowl. And you can add Andrew Luck to the list of quarterbacks he’s molded into playoff mainstays.

    But the former NFL QB who has worked great wizardry on Stanford and San Francisco comes with considerable demands, an epic price tag and more baggage than Newark Airport. In fact, if the Giants hire Harbaugh they may as well fire Jerry Reese, as Harbaugh will surely want the dual job of HC and GM, or at least the latitude to pick the latter.

    No doubt the Giants are allergic to drama. And theatrics are Harbaugh’s professional avatar. So if the 49ers’ coach can’t get along with a general manager, you don’t anticipate the Mara family canning Coughlin and Reese to make way for Harbaugh, who will probably want way more power than he has in San Francisco.

    Harbaugh’s contract ends after the 2015 season. And the fact that he hasn’t signed an extension despite his stratospheric success can only mean his thorny persona trumps three straight trips to the NFC Title Game.

    That’s a toxic sign, of course, considering the NFL’s monolithic obsession with winning. Almost any flaw short of a felony is overlooked when you win.

    So that makes Harbaugh a perfect for … the Jets.

    The Jets are desperate to win, they love a little dram and would find Harbaugh’s Q Score large enough to makes us forget about Ryan, whose outsized personality matched his imposing physical contours.

    Sure, Harbaugh’s impeccable history with quarterbacks makes him custom-made for Eli Manning, who looks as lost as he ever has in his career. But with the Giants’ historical allergy to control freaks, the other side of MetLife is tailored to Harbaugh’s pyrotechnic personality.

    It would mean jamming the eject button on John Idzik, which would be quite easy to do and sell to the five boroughs and beyond. If fans are flying planes imploring the Jets to dump their GM, then consensus won’t be an issue.

    Surely he will want his own quarterback, which would mean another draft pick dedicated to a project. But that would be essential no matter who runs the club next year. In the meantime, if anyone can inject some mojo in Geno Smith, it’s Harbaugh, who stretched his marginal talent into a robust NFL career and is clearly the closest thing to a QB whisperer in the league.

    Hiring Harbaugh would meet Woody’s lust for a luminary to lead the team. Lord knows the born billionaire can afford him. What he can’t afford is seeing these swaths of empty seats every Sunday. And Harbaugh can coach as well, if not better, than anyone.

    If a little theater comes with Jim Harbaugh, then what better place for him to act out than on Broadway?

    Follow Jason on Twitter @JasonKeidel.
    Last edited by ganggreen76; 12-22-2014 at 12:55 PM. Reason: update

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    I don't doubt Harbaugh could coach up Geno it's possible.

    Here's the problem I have with Geno I don't think he deserves another shot at the starting job. He's done nothing in the NFL he's been awful.

    I'd rather see 'em bring in a young veteran QB, no draft pick, let Geno work his way up if the opportunity opens up for him to play again down the road and he's ready that'd be great.

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    I suggest reading the entire interview.

    RCT: Assuming he is gone next year, do you think Harbaugh would end up heading back to college, or is he more likely to take another try in the NFL (I've heard rumors connecting him to the Jets)?

    NN: He has been connected to the Browns and Dolphins at times. If he wins a Super Bowl this year, and decides to part ways with the 49ers, I very well could see him ending up back in college. If the 49ers come up short of the Super Bowl, I don't think he leaves the NFL. He denies a rivalry with Pete Carroll, but I don't think he leaves the NFL without a Super Bowl, or at least another crack at it. Additionally, given that he is signed through the 2015 season, if the 49ers decide to part ways with him, a trade within the NFL results in draft picks, while letting him leave for a college results in just cash.

    RCT: Is Harbaugh really the rebuilding guru he has the reputation for, or was he just fortunate to catch lightning in a bottle twice with quarterbacks who has magical seasons? Basically, do you think he could be successful at a place like Kansas?

    NN: Jim Harbaugh can be successful almost anywhere. You have to remember, he started his college coaching career at the University of San Diego, and helped turn Josh Johnson into an NFL-caliber quarterback. He has benefited from good situations, so we won't ignore that. When he chose San Francisco over Miami, it likely had something to do with the 49ers having more talent on hand. However, the rebuilding guru reputation is still fitting. You don't do great work in three consecutive head coach jobs without knowing what you're doing.

    Thanks to David for joining us. Hopefully we get the chance to collaborate again in the future.
    Last edited by ganggreen76; 11-22-2014 at 03:06 PM.

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    Seems Harbaugh likes to praise players like Rex..

    Harbaugh did not hesitate.

    “He’s growing and growing and growing as a pocket passer,” Harbaugh said of Kaepernick. “I think he’s one of the most dynamic pocket passers in the game of football today. And he’s one of the most dynamic runners.”

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    Jets mailbag: Should Jim Harbaugh be on radar?

    By Rich Cimini |

    First, a shoutout to the folks in the Buffalo area: Here's hoping for a safe and timely recovery. On to your New York Jets questions:

    Tony McDermot @TonyMcDermot

    #jetsmail So if Rex is probably gone and the season is over, are there any obvious HC hires for next year? Todd Bowles? Maybe Harbaugh?

    @RichCimini: If Rex Ryan is fired, owner Woody Johnson would owe it to the franchise and the fan base to explore Jim Harbaugh, if he shakes free from the San Francisco 49ers. It's not often a coach of his caliber becomes available, so it would be a huge mistake to have a short list without Harbaugh's name on it. It would be a departure for Johnson, whose previous head coaching hires never had any previous experience in the big chair. It also would be costly, easily $7 million per year. There also could be the question of final say. If Harbaugh were to demand control over personnel, what would happen to John Idzik? Johnson probably would have to re-structure the organization, but Harbaugh is a big name with a proven record. No doubt, Harbaugh would have multiple suitors.
    Last edited by ganggreen76; 11-23-2014 at 02:45 PM.

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    Mods, I'm gonna put all Jim Harbaugh-NY Jets related articles I can find in this thread.

    I don't wanna flood the board with lots of Harbaugh articles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ganggreen76 View Post
    Mods, I'm gonna put all Jim Harbaugh-NY Jets related articles I can find in this thread.

    I don't wanna flood the board with lots of Harbaugh articles.
    I like that line of thinking because now the rest of us know to ignore the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ret2ski View Post
    I like that line of thinking because now the rest of us know to ignore the thread.

    He'd only be one of the biggest hires/gets in franchise history.

    A storm (of news) is coming!

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    Fiery 49ers coach Harbaugh no slam dunk choice for suitors

    If you are from around these parts, you are well aware of how the New York football season is going.

    The Jets are toiling at 2-8 as they play the Bills on Monday night in the snowstorm-relocated game in Detroit.

    The Giants take a five-game losing streak and 3-7 record into Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

    The futures of the head coaches from both teams are highly in question as this miserable season winds mercifully toward its end.

    Rex Ryan, in his sixth season with the Jets, is about to complete his fourth consecutive year without a playoff berth and is believed to be a goner.

    Tom Coughlin, who has been the Giants coach since 2004, is about to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season and, despite having led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles, has been reported by The Post’s Steve Serby as only “50-50″ to stay.

    Meanwhile, in San Francisco, where the 49ers are in the thick of a playoff race for the fourth consecutive season and have been to the last three NFC Championship games (getting to the Super Bowl once in that span), their head coach, Jim Harbaugh, seems to be about as certain to leave there after this season as Ryan and Coughlin are in New York.

    Bizarre is the buzzword for the situation and the 49ers’ head coach, who seems to be happy only when he is ticked off or ticking other people off…or both.

    Chaos is Harbaugh’s most comfortable dance partner, and that dance appears to be getting old in San Francisco, where rumors continue to hover over the successful franchise like the fog that often hangs over the team’s home city.

    All this despite the fact the 49ers have a 42-15 regular-season record since Harbaugh was hired in 2011, and despite the three consecutive NFC title games, and despite a Super Bowl appearance.

    One of the most recent reports regarding Harbaugh’s future with the 49ers stated that even winning the Super Bowl this season would not be enough to keep Harbaugh in San Francisco.


    The Jets, Giants and every other struggling NFL team should have such problems.

    Harbaugh is in the fourth year of a five-year contract and, according to reports out of the Bay Area, talks to extend his contract have been put “on hold.”

    That news, in turn, has every NFL city with a struggling team clamoring for Harbaugh’s services.

    Rumors of Jets owner Woody Johnson making a run at him, or even the Giants doing the same, already are swirling.

    Stronger rumors have Harbaugh taking the BART over to the East Bay and taking over the Raiders, whose late owner, Al Davis, was an idol and mentor of his.

    The fact his alma mater, Michigan, has been struggling has generated rumors he might go back to college and try to save his old school.

    The fact Harbaugh’s shelf life in San Francisco appears to be running out so soon despite the remarkable success of the franchise under his watch, it makes you wonder who wants to deal with the headaches he inevitably brings with him.

    Would his quirky and bull-headed personality really be a fit for John Mara and the conservative Giants? Unlikely.

    But he could be a good fit for the Jets if Johnson gave him the keys to the kingdom and left him alone.

    But the fact is, chaos and unrest seem to follow Harbaugh wherever he goes. With Harbaugh and 49ers general manager Trent Baalke reportedly at odds, there were rumors that the 49ers were going to trade Harbaugh to the Browns last offseason for draft picks.

    Early last month, when a FOX Sports report came out saying Harbaugh would not be the 49ers coach next season even if they win the Super Bowl, team owner Jed York tweeted:

    Jed York ✔ @JedYork

    Jim is my coach. We are trying to win a SB, not a personality or popularity contest. Any more questions?
    1:37 PM - 5 Oct 2014

    The fact is, for as long as this saga continues, there always will be questions about Harbaugh’s status in San Francisco.

    “With Harbaugh, we’ve decided that it seems he’s only comfortable when he’s under siege and in crisis, in the bunker,” said Brian Murphy, a co-host of the KNBR Radio morning show in San Francisco. “That seems to be when he’s most comfortable. Despite the winning, a lot of people still believe he’s gone because it’s broken between him and Jed York and [GM] Trent Baalke.

    “The smart money says he’s gone after this year because of his relationship with those guys, but anything goes with this guy. He can win the Super Bowl and then leave for the Raiders job. He’s always talked about his great admiration for Al Davis.”

    Harbaugh appears on Murphy’s “Murph and Mac Show” every other Tuesday, and Murphy said his spots range from awkward-moment angst to engaging, depending on his ever-changing moods.

    “He has so many different personalities,” Murphy said.

    Should Harbaugh bolt the Bay Area after this season, it will be a fascinating story to watch where he lands and who is willing to deal with the baggage he will bring in exchange for wins.
    Last edited by ganggreen76; 11-23-2014 at 03:16 PM.

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    Why the Jets, Johnny Manziel and Jim Harbaugh are a match made in heaven
    By Robby Sabo, 11/26/2014

    Two wins and nine losses is the very loud record of the lowly New York Jets this season - a team which was supposed to take that "next step" in their journey back to solid football team status. Who could have thought otherwise after their strong finish in 2013 under rookie QB Geno Smith? He won three of their last four, after all.

    Very painfully for Jets fans, that "next step" hasn't been taken.

    Just as talk heats up when teams are rolling on their way to post season glory, it does the same when teams need a complete organizational overhaul. With second-year general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan not getting the job done, where do the Jets go from here?

    The best answer Woody Johnson needs to hear right now is this: hire real "football people" for your football jobs.

    Idzik, much like Mike Tannenbaum before him, is a salary-cap guy who carved out a niche in the league with their financial savvy ways. Never has Idzik been proven to be qualified at picking personnel.

    Hiring Jim Harbaugh to run the entire show would most certainly give this franchise a much needed face-lift.

    It's no secret that Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers organization is at odds. Guess what most of the in-fighting is due to? Personnel control.

    Giving Harbaugh complete reigns on the football side would ensure two things. One would be to provide an immediate stark contrast from financial guys running the show for the better part of the last decade, to a proven football lifer in complete control as top-dog. The other thing it would do is create tension, something Florham Park, New Jersey desperately needs.

    Harbaugh is a proven winner and a nobody doubts he can turn around any franchise given full control.

    Despite his early career success with the Jets, head coach Rex Ryan is a "players' coach." The attitude and atmosphere around the club is relaxed, with a country-club type feel. Harbaugh would come in and drastically change all of that, accepting nothing but their best, and keeping everybody on their toes.

    It's obvious that Idzik and Ryan have been on completely different pages since this forced marriage began. More evidence of this will come to life in the coming weeks.

    While Ryan will surely be gone, Idzik still has a shot to return, with the freedom to choose his own coach. Johnson must realize though that cleaning house totally is the only way to go. The drastic decline in personnel is too much to ignore.

    No more hiring one faction and forcing the other to remain. Hire one guy to entrust to lead your team to the promise land, the way Leon Hess did with Bill Parcells after that very forgettable 1-15 1996 season.

    Hiring Harbaugh to coach and control personnel would provide him with the sheer power he loves and the challenge he craves. The talk that Harbaugh and his wife won't leave the West Coast is real, but offering power and money can overcome any strong sentiment. If Johnson wants Harbaugh as bad as I do, he can surely do a lot to get him.

    Harbaugh is no dummy though. He realizes to win in this league you need a franchise QB, and the Jets are without one. The great play of the Cleveland Browns and Brian Hoyer, led by former friend Mike Pettine by the way, could be the best blessing in disguise the Jets ever laid eyes on. That is, if they're paying attention.

    Johnny Manziel is a true football player. He's tough, gritty and possesses all the qualities that New Yorkers salivate over. He has immense potential, and because of his off-field issues, will come cheap in comparison to where he was drafted.

    How would it sound to stare at a Jets organization with Harbaugh and Manziel at the helm in Spring 2015? It would be leadership consisting of two young guys in their respective professions that will fight anybody to get where they want to go, and who both still have a lot to prove.

    There is no doubt about the fact that Manziel is a lighting-rod; a media outburst waiting to happen. In New York, however, a lot of that stuff can be revered, instead of scoffed at.

    Think about it. If Harbaugh and Manziel are winning together in New York, then Manziel's off the field antics would be charmingly described as "Namath-like." He could be dubbed as Joe Namath reincarnated, as New Yorkers would be shouting out "Johnny Broadway." Winning is the cure of all evils.

    These two most unfortunate situations for Cleveland and San Francisco are all too real. They are in the situation where certain guys will need to leave town, as others stay. If Johnson and the Jets keep their eyes open, and Harbaugh and Manziel need to find new homes, they can turn these unfortunate incidents for those two cities into a much celebrated one in New York.

    All of the stars are aligning for this to transpire. Can Woody Johnson make it happen? If he does, those three entities: the Jets, Harbaugh and Manziel, would be a match made in heaven.

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