While all of the head coaching vacancies are quickly being filled in a head-spinning fashion, there lies an open position down in Miami.
The Dolphins are looking for a coach to change the trajectory of their middling franchise, and reports say they believe the answer is Ravens' coach John Harbaugh.
Will Stephen Ross eventually throw his hands in the air and give the Ravens whatever they want for John Harbaugh? https://t.co/Fw9vNvFxga— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 9, 2019
The front office has interviewed a variety of coaches, but none of the names are seemingly top-notch. They interviewed Patriots linebacker coach Brian Flores, Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, Saints DC Dennis Allen and Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard.
Yeah, none of those names really ring a bell except for Richard, who got a bit of a look in the 2017 offseason. But, he's nowhere as proven as Harbaugh.
There is no doubt that Harbaugh could help turn Miami around, but there's an issue. Apparently the Ravens are insistent on extending Harbaugh, and after his late-season success with rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, Baltimore has no reason to give him up.
Harbaugh has even spoken as if he is staying.
“Lamar’s our quarterback going forward, there’s no question about that.”— LFL (@LiveFeedLville) January 9, 2019
-Ravens HC John Harbaugh addresses the future of QB Lamar Jackson after keeping him in the entire game last Sundaypic.twitter.com/7NAzHX4vbd
That means there would be a huge asking price for the coach. The last time a head coach was truly traded (Herm Edwards in 2006 doesn't count) was Jon Gruden in 2002. The Buccaneers sent the Raiders two first-round picks for Gruden.
Even though Harbaugh is nowhere near as hot as Gruden was at the time, anywhere close to that would be a steep, steep asking price.
The Dolphins are in the middle of a de-facto rebuild. Is Harbaugh really worth giving up pieces of their future?