A year ago, Jim Harbaugh was a highly coveted offensive coordinator at the University of Michigan.
He had two decades of experience coaching college football, and his Wolverines won two national championships in his four years as coach.
But on Thursday, Jim’s name will be part of a new wave of coaching changes.
Jim will be replaced by the guy who did it better than anyone else in the NFL: his own son, Josh.
That makes Jim Harbaugh’s future in the coaching profession even more uncertain.
He was fired as the Baltimore Ravens’ head coach after the 2014 season.
He then spent two years as offensive coordinator with the New York Jets before becoming a head coach in college.
But he left the game after the 2015 season and decided to get a divorce from his first wife.
He spent the next six years coaching for the New England Patriots and New York Giants before he returned to college and returned to coaching at Ohio State in 2016.
That’s when he became the Browns head coach.
After winning a national championship in 2016, Harbaugh took the NFL by storm, and has led the Browns to two NFL titles in the past three seasons.
He’s had a reputation for getting things done in the league, but he also seems to be taking things a little too far in his dealings with players.
Last year, for example, he refused to let players walk off the field in his first season as head coach, and then a year later he got fined $100,000 for allegedly sending a text message that was offensive.
But a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter indicates that he’s never been fined for his own actions.
So, for the time being, it’s going to be up to Josh Harbaugh to figure out how to make things right with his father and how to win.
He did get fired as coach in the Patriots’ locker room, but that’s the only way to get him out of the situation.
“Josh has a very strong reputation and he’s going in there and he needs to make a lot of changes to be a success,” Cleveland Browns president Joe Banner said.
“He needs to be the coach that he can be.
That doesn’t mean he’s not going to do things the right way.
We have a responsibility to him to make sure he stays in his head and he makes the right decisions and stays on the path to becoming the next head coach.”
Josh Harbaugh’s relationship with his dad has been tumultuous.
Josh’s parents divorced in 2014 and he hasn’t seen his dad since.
He said his dad wasn’t involved in his decision to leave the NFL, but his dad did have an influence in the decision.
“My dad has always been supportive of me, but I never had any kind of influence in that decision,” Josh said.
Josh said that he and his dad were never friends in high school, but after the divorce he decided to have a casual relationship with him.
He called his father a “super-supportive, very supportive person” and said he’s learned a lot about him over the years.
“I’m so grateful that he didn’t try to hurt me and I was able to grow and develop and be a better person,” Josh told ESPN.
Josh Harbaugh is expected to be promoted to head coach of the Browns next week.