Miami Dolphins won’t pursue Jim Harbaugh but Jets might
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins are no longer expected or rumored to be chasing Jim Harbaugh this off-season but the New York Jets just might be.
According to a new report by Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel (link is behind a pay-wall) the Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wil not chase Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh citing his relationship with the university.
Hyde cited a text by Ross saying that his respect for the University of Michigan, his alma mater, would keep him from pursuing him. While that very well may be the case will his opinion on the matter change if the New York Jets make a bold move to lure him away from Michigan?
Hyde cites a report by ProFootballTalk.com that the Jets may indeed be looking to chase the one time NFL head coach. In the report by PFT, the Jets could be trying to lure him with a $7 million per year salary.
Harbaugh stated a couple of weeks ago that he was not leaving Michigan but as Dolphins fans know, saying one thing and doing another is completely different. Right Nick? The bigger question is what will happen if Harbaugh is enticed to leave Michigan for New York? Could Stephen Ross jump in and offer more? Would he?
It is understandable that Ross would steer away from taking Harbaugh from Michigan but could he stomach his friend going to an AFC East rival that would face him two times a year? Could he sit by knowing that a coach he covets is not only leaving his alma mater but do nothing to try to either stop it or counter it?
I’m not sure I buy into the whole “Ross won’t pursue” theory. I think that Ross will not try to take Harbaugh away but I do not believe that he won’t get involved should Harbaugh start talking about leaving the school for the NFL. If he makes up his mind to change his mind, then Ross should not feel the least bit conflicted. I’m not sure we have heard the last of this quite yet.