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4 NFL Teams That Should Hire Jim Harbaugh Away From Michigan

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on in the first half while playing the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Jim Harbaugh experiment at Ann Arbor hasn't gone according to plan by most metrics. The Michigan Wolverines football program hired him in order to bring the football team to the next level, and to beat Ohio State. About that...

That hasn't been the case, as he's accumulated a 1-10 record against top 10 football programs, and has yet to bring Michigan to the College Football Playoff (or beat OSU).

While his Michigan tenure appears to be on life support, that doesn't mean he can't land on his feet back into the NFL. If that's the case, here are four NFL teams that should hire Harbaugh as their next head coach.

4. Washington Redskins

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers talks with broadcaster Joe Theismann on the field prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at Levi Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers defeated the Redskins 17-13. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins v San Francisco 49ers | Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

This is the least surprising team on this list. The Washington Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden following Week 5. It's been well-publicized that owner Dan Snyder has a preferred list of candidates, all of which are either bad choices or completely unattainable. Washington should do whatever it takes to try and bring Harbaugh back into the NFL, but it's up to Harbaugh himself to see if the price is truly worth the organization-wide dysfunction.

3. New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 16:   Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers is greeted by head coach Jim Harbaugh after an interception against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 16, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
San Francisco 49ers v New York Giants | Al Bello/Getty Images

The Adam Gase hiring for the New York Jets has been absolutely disastrous. The supposed offensive guru has yet to live up to that reputation, only providing flashbacks to his failed tenure with the Miami Dolphins. With quarterback Sam Darnold needing the right coach to help him progress in the NFL, let's not forget the work Harbaugh did with Andrew Luck at Stanford and Colin Kaepernick with the San Francisco 49ers. Jim Harbaugh could be the right fit for the Jets and Darnold.

2. Atlanta Falcons

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers runs off the field after the 49ers lose 38-35 in overtime to the San Diego Chargers at Levi's Stadium on December 20, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
San Diego Chargers v San Francisco 49ers | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Dan Quinn era in Atlanta appears to be nearing its end, despite owner Arthur Blank expressing his faith in the head coach. But former NFL wide receiver Steve Smith said it best: the Falcons are the "get right team" in the league. In other words, they play the role of a proverbial doormat. With the likes of Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, and Devonta Freeman on the roster, Jim Harbaugh can help take them to new heights.

1. Miami Dolphins

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 28:  Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the field before their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Arizona Cardinals v San Francisco 49ers | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Yes, the Miami Dolphins declared that Brian Flores would return for the 2020 season in order to see through the franchise's rebuild. But what if Jim Harbaugh hits the open market? Those plans can obviously change. Look at what the Los Angeles Angels did with Brad Ausmus. They sent him his walking papers after one season, following Joe Maddon's exit from the Chicago Cubs. This could be a lucrative job for Harbaugh, considering he'd be able to select the quarterback of his choosing, and hold five first-round picks in the next two years. It's highly unlikely, but crazier things have happened.