5. Chicago Bears
Back in 2018, the Chicago Bears opted to move on from John Fox and managed to secure the rights to top head coaching nominee and then-Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy. The Bears hired him because he was part of the coveted Andy Reid coaching tree and to help develop young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
After one season of success, which resulted in an NFC North title and a Pro Bowl nomination for Trubisky, the Bears offense went stagnant in 2019. Nagy brought in an expensive contingency plan in Nick Foles to help push Trubisky in training camp. Trubisky was not impressive to start the campaign, and he was subsequently benched for Foles. The expectation was that Foles would help spark the offense. While he did lead them to wins, the Bears have a bottom-five offense in the league. Not living up to his offensive guru moniker could cost Nagy his job.
Harbaugh would be a great fit for Chicago, because they have a high probability of selecting a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft. Harbaugh can mold the offense into his image with the signal caller of his choosing. Plus, the Bears would love to have the success Harbaugh had in San Francisco less than a decade ago.
4. Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos haven’t had the ideal start to their season. They were projected to be the biggest threat to the Chiefs in the AFC West. Yet, they received debilitating injuries on both sides of the ball. Even at less than full strength, the head coach is supposed to work with what he’s got and lead them to wins. Vic Fangio hasn’t done that.
Fangio is an intriguing head coach. He’s a brilliant defensive mind, but when it comes to decision-making and time-management, he’s one of the worst. Just look at their season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans, a game that was theirs for the taking. While they did rebound and hold a 3-4 record on the year, that doesn’t mean the Broncos can’t make a change. Not to mention that Fangio does rely heavily on offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, whose name alone sends shivers down the spines of New York Giants fans after his disastrous two-year tenure as head coach.
If Harbaugh truly has an eye toward returning to the pros, he should keep his eyes on Denver. While Lock still has plenty to prove, Harbaugh would be salivating at their starting offense of Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler and Noah Fant. Harbaugh can be the guy to truly get the most out of Lock.