Chicago Bears Stock Report: Week 15 update on potential head coaches

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Chicago Bears Head Coach Candidate: Jim Harbaugh – Stock Neutral

Last Week: Stock Up

Nothing new to report on the college-level coaches as there hasn’t been any action yet. This will be why their stock will remain neutral. That said, Jim Harbaugh rounds out my top-five candidates to consider and/or hire. It’s similar to the Dave Toub move, but Harbaugh has already proven himself at the NFL level and is succeeding at the collegiate level too. He’s on my shortlist once again (was there in 2018 too). Last week, I had this to say and it can remain the same…

With all of the top offensive coordinators seeing their stock go up and down (outside of maybe Kellen Moore), Harbaugh brings something they do not. He has the connections and ability to put together an amazing staff. He also is the type of head coach who will lean on his coordinators and not push an ego-driven scheme on either side of the ball.

During his time as the head coach of the 49ers, Harbaugh went 44-18, including a 4-0 record vs an Aaron Rodgers’ led Packers team. He went to three consecutive NFC Championships and lost in his only Super Bowl appearance to his brother of all people. To top it off, many players talk about how he changed the expectations within the locker room and held players accountable — something the Bears’ current regime has struggled to do.

Harbaugh has seen some very positive success recently too as Michigan not only won the Big Ten Championship for the first time in his career, but the Wolverines are the No. 2 seed in the 2021 College Football Playoffs. Should Michigan find a way to win it all or at least perform well, then Harbaugh’s stock could rise even more.