John on Jim Harbaugh: 'Whatever's next, he'll do great'

The Detroit News
Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh are pictured before a preseason game in Baltimore in August.

John Harbaugh knows one thing – his brother, Jim, will not be coaching the San Francisco 49ers after the last regular-season game on Sunday.

Where Jim Harbaugh will be coaching next season has not been made public, but it certainly appears Michigan, which reportedly made an offer last week, is in the running. Michigan has been without a coach since Brady Hoke was fired Dec. 2.

"I know just from Jim's standpoint, he's done something there that's been absolutely historic and amazing, it's never been really accomplished in the history of football before, in terms of what he's done for the city and for the fans there and for the players there," John Harbaugh said of Jim Harbaugh leading the 49ers to three straight NFC championship games in his first three seasons.

John Harbaugh, coach of the Baltimore Ravens, made his comments to on Monday and they were reported by Pro Football Talk.

"And I'm proud as heck of him," John Harbaugh added. Whatever's next for him, he'll do a great job there, whatever it is. He'll be fired up and excited to do it. So I'm proud of him no matter what happens. I think they had a great coach there for the last four years, and they were blessed and fortunate to have him. I know the fans realize that and the players realize that, and that's really what counts."

Where Jim Harbaugh goes next has been debated for weeks. Most NFL "insiders" until recently have said Harbaugh will remain in the NFL, but now they're saying Michigan legitimately is in the mix.

"The more people you speak to about it, the more it seems as if Michigan is a landing spot for Jim Harbaugh," ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Monday. "We'll see how it shakes out, but the pendulum seems to have swung from him staying in the NFL to him perhaps going back to college."

Late last week, Schefter, attributing his information to sources, reported that Harbaugh's family and friends want him to take the Michigan job but that he is torn because his "heart is in the NFL."