Jim Harbaugh is eager to “take a crack” at Super Bowl glory with the Los Angeles Chargers on his NFL return after nine seasons out of the league.
The Chargers turned to Harbaugh last week after firing Brandon Staley in mid-December. The team finished the 2023 season with a 5-12 record, missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.
Harbaugh took the San Francisco 49ers to the postseason three times in four campaigns in his only previous stint as an NFL head coach, overseeing their defeat to the Baltimore Ravens at Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.
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The 60-year-old – who is the younger brother of Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh – is charged with resetting a team who are projected to be $54.2million over the salary cap next year and ended 2023 with five straight losses.
Speaking in his first interview after leaving the Michigan Wolverines, who he recently led to their first national title since 1997, Harbaugh said: “I love Michigan, but I love the NFL too.
“There’s no Vince Lombardi Trophy in college football. I’ve got so many sands left in the hourglass, and I want to take a crack at that.”
Asked about the kind of culture he was aiming to instil in Los Angeles, Harbaugh said: “We work together. We win together.
“It’s worth it. The hard work, the sacrifice, the pressure, all of it, why would somebody put themselves through that? Because the rewards are so darn good.”