Dolphins owner Stephen Ross reveals he won’t pursue Jim Harbaugh as replacement for Brian Flores

The Dolphins made the surprising decision to fire coach Brian Flores on “Black Monday” after three years with the team. In the wake of that announcement, many NFL hounds immediately thought they knew what was going on.

Miami owner Stephen Ross loves making flashy moves, so much so that he tried to push Jim Harbaugh away from the 49ers many moons ago. Harbaugh is reportedly considering returning to the NFL after leading Michigan to a college football playoff appearance. Naturally, that must mean the Dolphins fired Flores to go after Harbaugh, right?

Not quite.

Ross addressed the Harbaugh rumors shortly after announcing that Flores would no longer be coaching the Dolphins. He stated that Miami would not go after the former 49ers coach. Why?

“I’m not going to be the person to take Jim Harbaugh from the University of Michigan,” Ross told reporters. “I hope it stays there.”

Ross is a Michigan alumnus, so it’s not surprising to see that he wants Harbaugh to stay in school. The show has gone 61-24 under Harbaugh’s supervision and in 2021 led the Wolverines to their first Big Ten title since sharing it with Iowa in 2004.

That said, if Ross isn’t seriously considering looking at Harbaugh, he’s doing the Dolphins a disservice. Harbaugh posted a 44-19-1 record during his four seasons with the 49ers, and his .695 winning percentage is the fifth-highest mark in NFL history behind Guy Chamberlain, Vince Lombardi, John Madden and George. Allen. He helped the 49ers get to the Super Bowl in 2013 before they narrowly lost to the Ravens and his brother, John.

Harbaugh also helped Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick become quality starters thanks to their previous 14 years of experience as an NFL quarterback. He could have a similar impact on Tua Tagovailoa if I had the opportunity to work with him.

Ross might change his mind if it becomes clear that Harbaugh will be leaving Michigan, but for now, it appears he wants to look elsewhere for a replacement for Flores. There are plenty of potential coaching candidates on the open market, so perhaps the Dolphins will be looking for an offensive-minded option from that group instead of Harbaugh.