Jim Harbaugh Dons Michigan Colors as Chargers HC Accompanies Jesse Minter & Ben Herbert at 2024 Pro Day in Ann Arbor

Published 03/23/2024, 12:50 AM EDT

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Ex-Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh maybe with the Chargers, but his heart remains in Ann Arbor. Sporting Michigan colors, Harbaugh joined the record-breaking crowd of over 150 at the Wolverines’ Pro Day. His presence likely centered around his former “best quarterback,” J.J. McCarthy.

Under Harbaugh’s training, McCarthy boasted an impressive 27-1 record and is now considered a top draft pick. With teams desperate for a franchise QB, McCarthy’s impressive throwing display drew interest. Harbaugh, amidst the crowd of scouts, seemed proud as he witnessed his former quarterback shine. Chargers coaches Jesse Minter and Ben Herbert — also former Michigan representatives — were also there.

Jim Harbaugh shows Michigan pride at pro day


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Jim Harbaugh returned to his roots at Michigan’s Pro Day, sporting a Wolverines hat amidst the flock of NFL personnel. Joining Harbaugh at the Pro Day were familiar faces — Chargers’ defensive coordinator Jesse Minter and player performance’s executive director chief Ben Herbert. Now, all there are former Michigan colleagues. But Harbaugh’s Michigan pride was quite evidently visible through his headwear. Sports reporter Brad Galli captured the scene on social media, highlighting it with the caption — “Jim Harbaugh was back in Ann Arbor for Michigan’s pro day, wearing his ‘block M’ hat.”

This gesture emphasizes Harbaugh’s deep connection to his former team. Though a “Michigan Man” at heart, Harbaugh’s focus is now on the Chargers. He and Minter are building a winning culture in Los Angeles, but their Michigan connection remains strong.


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Harbaugh and Minter are building new Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers are brewing a storm with the reunion of Jim Harbaugh and Jesse Minter. Minter, Michigan’s defensive mastermind for the past two seasons, joins Harbaugh as the Chargers’ new defensive coordinator. This duo previously collaborated at Michigan, where Minter’s defenses ranked second-best in the nation, allowing a mere 268.8 yards per game. Harbaugh, meanwhile, revamped the entire Wolverines’ program. He made them claim multiple Big Ten titles and College Football Playoff appearances. The ultimate achievement came in 2023 with a national championship win.


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This potent duo has arrived in Los Angeles, igniting hope for Chargers fans. With Justin Herbert under center, Harbaugh and Minter’s expertise could transform the Chargers into a championship team in the coming seasons. While Harbaugh and Minter succeeded at Michigan, the NFL is a new ball game. They’ll face new challenges with the Chargers, like building an offense and defense with different players and navigating a tougher league. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.


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M.R. Jenifer


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Jenifer Martin is a college football writer for EssentiallySports. Recently, her coverage has focused on the latest developments in college football, including the transfer portal phenomenon and its impact on team dynamics. Before joining ES, she was a part of Pinkvilla as a fitness and sportainment writer.
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Shubhankar Adhikari