Right now both the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins are ready to make Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh the highest paid coach in the NFL.
Both teams are talking in the $8 to $10 million dollar range and a contract ranging between four to five years.
This for a coach who has not won a national championship. He has not won a PAC 10 title and yet he is about sign a big time contract.
His brother John the Ravens head coach is not ranked in the Top Ten in the highest paid coaches yet he has taken his team to the AFC Playoffs in all of his three years as the head man in Baltimore.
I am a big fan of Jim Harbaugh and in time there is no reason to think that he can't be a fine NFL head coach. But to give him a huge contract with so much money is insane. I wish him well be going to the pros and being paid even in the Top 3-5 is crazy.
So good luck Jim but once you sign that contract it will be win now and that is what NFL fans in San Francisco and Miami will expect. That Michigan job might not look so bad given the fact they might be only team he would sign to coach that would give him some time.
Highest paid NFL coaches
1. Bill Belichick, Patriots, $7.5 million
2. Mike Shanahan, Redskins, $7 million
3. Pete Carroll, Seahawks, $6.7 million
4. (tie) Jeff Fisher, Titans, $5.75 million
4. (tie) Mike Tomlin, Steelers, $5.75 million
4. (tie) Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals, $5.75 million
7. Andy Reid, Eagles, $5.5 million
8. Tom Coughlin, Giants, $5.25 million
9. Jack Del Rio, Jaguars, $5 million
10. Lovie Smith, Bears, $4.8 million