Source: Atlanta Falcons Writers Second interview with Jim Harbaugh

Source: Atlanta Falcons Writers Second interview with Jim Harbaugh

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduling a second interview with Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh for the team’s vacant head coach position, a source told ESPN on Saturday, confirming the report.

The date of the second interview has not yet been determined. Harbaugh gave his first interview with the Falcons on Tuesday — a little more than a week after leading Michigan to its first national championship since the 1997 season.

The 60-year-old Harbaugh has been at Michigan since 2015, going 86-25, including 12-0 this season despite being suspended twice during the regular season. He won three straight Big Ten titles with the Wolverines.

Harbaugh has won at every stop he’s been a head coach. Before Michigan, he coached the San Francisco 49ers for four seasons with a 44-19-1 record, two NFC West titles, three NFC title games, and one Super Bowl appearance, losing to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

He took over a struggling Stanford program in 2007 that finished with a 29-21 record, including a 12-1 mark in 2010 and a 40-12 win over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. This was the first time the Cardinals had won a BCS game. While at Stanford, Harbaugh also helped develop future No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck.

He began his head coaching career at the University of San Diego in 2004, where he went 29-6 and helped develop quarterback Josh Johnson into a future NFL quarterback.

As a player, Harbaugh appeared in 177 games with 140 starts, completing 58.8% of his passes for 26,288 yards, 129 touchdowns and 117 interceptions for the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, and then-San Diego Chargers.

Atlanta also held a second interview with former New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Friday.

The Falcons also completed two preliminary interviews — both virtual due to NFL rules — with Buffalo interim offensive coordinator Joe Brady and Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris on Saturday. Morris was the Falcons’ previous interim coach in 2020, taking over after Dan Quinn was fired with 11 games remaining in the season.

Atlanta interviewed 11 coaches for the position that opened after the club fired Arthur Smith after three seasons on Jan. 8.

NFL Network first reported Harbaugh’s second interview was scheduled.

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