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Giants and Jets could battle for 49ers' Jim Harbaugh


Giants and Jets could battle for 49ers' Jim Harbaugh

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NY Giants and NY Jets could battle for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh Harbaugh is a cutting edge offensive coach who has created friction in the 49ers front office with his intensity and personality. Earlier this season, there were reports he lost the locker room. The 49ers nearly traded Harbaugh to the Browns last offseason, Greg Olsen Panthers Jersey but the deal fell apart. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


The Giants are agonizing over what to do about Tom Coughlin while it appears the Jets can't wait to tell Rex Ryan and maybe John Idzik thanks for the memories and hand in your playbook.


As this dreadful New York football season mercifully reaches December and approaches the finish line, the Giants and Jets could actually come Authentic Charles Johnson Jersey to the same conclusion: Go get Jim Harbaugh.


Khaki pants go just fine with blue or green.


This could be the first time since 1997 the Giants and Jets will be in the coaching market together. Back then, the Giants seriously flirted with the idea of bringing back Bill Parcells once it became clear he was leaving the Patriots in a nasty divorce from Robert Kraft. There was a split in the organization the George Young faction won out and kept Parcells out and the Jets got him without any competition but with lots of compensation. The Giants hired Jim Fassel after Nick Saban turned them down.


The Jets are keeping a close watch on the Harbaugh developments, and are expected to want in on the Harbaugh Sweepstakes. One other hot bit of speculation regardless of what happens with Harbaugh: Woody Johnson is giving serious consideration to blowing the whole thing up and starting over, which means Idzik goes, too.


Harbaugh is a cutting edge offensive coach who has created friction in the 49ers front office with his intensity and personality. Earlier this season, there were reports he lost the locker room. The 49ers nearly traded Harbaugh to the Browns last offseason, but the deal fell apart.


Now the 49ers could again attempt to trade Harbaugh Greg Olsen Jersey rather than firing him and being on the hook for all or part of the $5 million he is owed in the last year of his five year $25 million contract.


If the 49ers find a team willing to deal for Harbaugh, he would also have to sign off on it, and if that team agrees to give up a draft choice, they obviously are going to want to sign him to a long term contract. Raiders owner Mark Davis' first preference is talking former Oakland coach Jon Gruden back to the sidelines, but if he fails, he is expected to pursue Harbaugh. But would the 49ers trade him to their Bay Area rival? There's indications Harbaugh wants to stay in California, which puts Oakland in the unusual position of being the favorites.


Harbaugh can make the cleanest break by returning to Ann Arbor to coach Michigan, his alma mater, where he is beloved. He is a former Wolverines QB and can get the storied program turned around. Michigan is expected to fire Brady Hoke after a 5 7 season filled with turmoil.


Howard Simmons/New York Daily News Jets owner Woody Johnson loves to make a splash and will likely be in on the Harbaugh Sweepstakes.


After battling with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke a Parcells protg who worked for him with the Jets from 1998 2000 Harbaugh likely will want total control if stays in the NFL. He could bring in Tom Gamble, a former 49ers executive who now works for the Eagles, to run the personnel side for him. Gamble was among the candidates who interviewed for the Jets GM job after the 2012 season.


How would Harbaugh play in New York?


"He's got Authentic Greg Olsen Jersey a strong personality and is very difficult to get along with day to day," one personnel director said Monday. "He's got a temper, has outbursts. He's just abrasive."


He sounds perfect for New York.


Harbaugh might only have a short shelf life wherever he coaches, but he wins. The 49ers made it to three NFC title games, and one Super Bowl, in his first three seasons.


They are struggling at 7 5 now and fighting to make the playoffs.


Whether Johnson fires Ryan or dumps Ryan and Idzik, he's not expected to use an executive search firm again as he did with Idzik. He's not the first owner to use a search firm, but it Charles Johnson Jersey shows he needs to develop better contacts in the league to uncover front office and coaching talent. If Johnson goes after Harbaugh, it means he's given up on Idzik Charles Johnson Panthers Jersey after just two seasons.


I'm hearing Johnson is likely to bring aboard a consultant during the hiring process. There are three obvious candidates: Parcells, former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi and former Bills, Panthers and Colts GM Bill Polian.


The Jets are familiar with Harbaugh. Former GM Mike Tannenbaum interviewed him in 2009 before he hired Ryan.


Elsa/Getty Images Giants owner John Mara must make a tough decision on what to do with Tom Coughlin before he decides if he wants to get into the bidding for Harbaugh.


If the Giants want Harbaugh, he must be flexible on his organizational structure model, because John Mara will never give a coach total control. The personalities of the Giants organization and Harbaugh's might not be a match, but he is such a good coach, he's worth pursuing.


As far as the 49ers getting a draft choice for Harbaugh?


It's no secret they want him out, which doesn't leave them with a lot of leverage unless they can create a bidding war. "I ain't giving up a pick for a coach," the personnel director said. "They want him gone. So you are in the driver's seat. I don't think you will find many teams willing to give up a draft choice. I would play it hard."


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