3. Houston Texans
The first team to part ways with their head coach in the 2020 regular season was the Houston Texans. It was shocking that the Texans were the first team to fire their sideline boss, but it was a long-time coming for Bill O’Brien. The Texans could never get past the Divisional Round under O’Brien and his moves as a general manager were horrific (i.e. DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals, trading two first-round picks to the Miami Dolphins for Laremy Tunsil, etc.).
Houston has too talented of a roster to be 1-6 and tied for last place in the AFC South with the tanking Jacksonville Jaguars. They have a superstar quarterback in Deshaun Watson and a fearsome pass rusher in J.J. Watt. Oh, and the latter said recently that he wants to be on a contending team, not a rebuilding squad.
If the Texans want to do whatever it takes to keep Watt in H-Town, hiring Harbaugh could do just that. A fun fact to know is that Harbaugh never had a losing record in the NFL. His worst finish in a campaign came in 2014, where the 49ers finished 8-8. That’s not a bad resume, if you ask us.
2. Los Angeles Chargers
If you want to talk about a team that constantly underperforms and crumbles under pressure, look no further than the Los Angeles Chargers.
Even though the team has a bright young star under center in Justin Herbert and arguably the most well-rounded team in the league, the Chargers sit at 2-5 on the season and in last place in the AFC West. Just when they look like they’re about to pull out a victory, the carpet gets pulled out from under them. While Anthony Lynn is a good coach, the team just can’t close out games under him. Yes, the Chargers were bit hard by the injury bug, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but it’s the same old story every season.
The Chargers need a coach who will build upon Herbert’s fantastic start to his NFL career. Harbaugh knows a thing about working with a young mobile quarterback with a rocket arm, and that’s Colin Kaepernick, who played a pivotal role in the 49ers reaching Super Bowl 47. Oh, and Harbaugh once coached Andrew Luck during his days at Stanford. Come on Chargers, it makes too much sense.
1. Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was duped by the team’s finish to the 2019 season, and gave head coach Dan Quinn another chance. Even the casual NFL fan knew that was a terrible idea, and sure enough, it was. After falling to 0-5 on the season, Quinn was shown the door.
The Falcons are playing better currently under interim coach Raheem Morris, but this team needs a true answer entering the 2021 season. This is a team that has plenty of work to do on defense, which will likely be their area of focus in free agency and in the NFL Draft. The offense is set. Matt Ryan isn’t going anywhere due to the dead cap the Falcons would have to eat. Plus, they have a solid receiving duo in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. There are few needs on that side of the ball. That would be wonderful for the entering Harbaugh.
Atlanta and Harbaugh can spend their first months bolstering up their defense, specifically in the secondary. With the current offense, Harbaugh can get the most out of them. Blank wants to bring Atlanta their first Lombardi Trophy, but they need a proven coach to lead his team to glory. Harbaugh could be their guy.