Charles Woodson wants Jim Harbaugh to coach Michigan instead of Raiders
If given the choice, Charles Woodson would want Jim Harbaugh to become the next coach at Michigan instead of the next coach of the Raiders.
When asked by Rich Eisen — if given the choice — which team Woodson would prefer Harbaugh to coach, Woodson selected his alma mater over his current employer. Michigan fired head coach Brady Hoke last week and rumors have persisted for some time that the school would be interested in Harbaugh becoming his successor. Harbaugh played quarterback at Michigan from 1982-1986 and is believed to be nearing the end of his tenure with theSan Francisco 49ers.
Despite a string of success that includes three straight NFC Championship appearances and one Super Bowl appearance, reports have indicated that Harbaugh could be coaching his final year with the 49ers amidst conflict with players and management. In regards to the Raiders, Jason La Confora of CBS reported that Oakland is the favorite to attempt a trade for Harbaugh and mentioned the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets as other teams potentially interested in a trade.
For Woodson, his rationale for wanting Harbaugh at Michigan remains unclear. It could be because he doesn’t want to deal with Harbaugh, or it could be because Woodson is 38 and doesn’t see a future with the Raiders beyond this year. In the event that his NFL career is winding down, it makes sense that he might have a deeper allegiance to Michigan rather than the team that drafted him out of Michigan.
Woodson played for the Wolverines from 1995-97 and won the Heisman Trophy in his final year. He was selected by the Raiders with the No. 4 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft and played for the team until 2005 when he joined the Green Bay Packers via free agency in 2006.
Woodson rejoined the Raiders last offseason, playing all of last season and this season with the team.