If you're looking for an early favorite to take over that highly coveted position of Oakland Raiders head coach in 2009, Tim Kawakami is willing to give you a name to consider: current Stanford coach, captain comeback himself, Jim Harbaugh. And get this, Harbaugh is a hugeAl Davis fan.
Betcha didn't see that coming. Or maybe you did, I don't know. It's hard to tell with the Raiders these days. Anyway, from Kawakami's Talking Points blog at the Mercury News:
Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh is guaranteed a very long and warm talk with Al Davis-and probably an offer to become the next Raiders coach-this December or January. My source, who has been very reliable in the past and yesterday repeated the Harbaugh-Raiders talk I've heard for almost a year now, only had one caveat: "Everybody knows Al loves Harbaugh, but why would Harbaugh want that job? He could wait at Stanford a little longer and get a real job." But here's where I can add: Harbaugh loves Al. That's what makes this magic.
I suppose this is good news for Davis, as there is, apparently, somebody else out there willing to work for him and put up with his iron-fist rule. Unless Davis, as Kawakami jokes -- I hope he's joking -- cans the Harbaugh idea because his name was revealed as a favorite. He's not that crazy, is he? Maybe he'll be able to do something with those busts, JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden.
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