Since there’s only 32 of its kind in the world, being the head coach of a NFL football team puts you amongst a minuscule fraternity. Chances to land one of those coveted 32 spots aren’t easy to come by and it’s a huge gamble to turn one down when you have the chance to join.
Jim Harbaugh gambled last year when he did just that…. and it looks like he’s hit the jackpot.
Last year when newly minted Buffalo general manger Buddy Nix conducted his head coaching search, he made it known he’d be pursuing someone offensive minded. It led him to offering the position to Harbaugh, the Stanford head coach, who surprisingly turned it down. Eventually the job was offered and accepted by Chan Gailey…. and the rest is 4-12 history.
Harbaugh clearly knew what he was doing. By turning down a job in Buffalo he didn’t consider an ideal situation, he parlayed having future number one draft pick Andrew Luck as his quarterback into a one-loss season and a victory in the Orange Bowl over Virginia Tech. Now he’s this year’s hot coaching prospect commodity.
He’s the leading candidate for the vacant San Francisco job and if he doesn’t land there he’ll also be strongly considered for employment in Denver and possibly Miami, should he desire so.
Even if doesn’t take any of the NFL jobs, he’ll find himself with a monster raise to stay on at Stanford. His currently salary is just $1.25-million. That’s sure to change no matter his next destination.
One has to wonder what kind of shape the Bills would be in had Harbaugh taken the job. Regardless, looks like his poker move was a winner.