Jim Harbaugh’s 2021 goals: win in Michigan, coach not afraid of being sacked
Jim Harbaugh says he wants to be part of a Michigan football team that wins the Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff in 2021, while also coaching without fear of being fired.
The Michigan head coach revealed his personal goals for the new year on Friday during a speech at the Michigan High School Coaches Association’s annual clinic, a regular stop for Harbaugh on the offseason speaking circuit.
Harbaugh said he asked his players, who are slated to return to Ann Arbor this weekend, to resume class and begin the program’s off-season strength and conditioning program, to set their own individual goals for the weekend. ‘year.
“It will be a joy to coach this team,” Harbaugh told a virtual audience of high school coaches. “It’s a young and talented team. Sometimes this is the best team to coach because the young and less talented would not be a joy to coach. And sometimes (with) older, talented people there are other distractions.
Harbaugh shared a PowerPoint presentation that included a single slide with a list of his six personal goals for 2021, days after signing a four-year extension that will keep him under contract in Michigan until 2025. The pact includes a salary of lower base – securing Harbaugh around $ 4 million a year – with lucrative incentives to win the Big Ten’s East Division, a league championship game, and reach College Football Playoff.
One of her goals, Harbaugh said, was to “be a member of the 2021 Michigan Big Ten football team and the Michigan National Champion.” The Wolverines are coming off a 2-4 season, the worst Harbaugh has ever seen since arriving at Ann Arbor in December 2014, and continue to hunt Big Ten Ohio State power. Under Harbaugh, Michigan did not reach the Big Ten Championship game or qualify for the four-team playoffs.
He then went on, perhaps most notably, by expressing his desire “not to be afraid of any man, time, circumstance or of being fired,” he wrote. Harbaugh read the goal list verbatim until he hit number 6, when he chose to expand on what was already written.
“I won’t make any decisions based on my own job security,” Harbaugh said. “They will all be done in the best interests of our players and our football team.”
Harbaugh’s list of goals focused on creating a positive and successful culture. He expressed a desire to “uplift all those I come in contact with (with)” and to promote a positive working atmosphere “which fosters teamwork, friendship and victory”.
Ultimately, Harbaugh hopes, it will translate to success on the pitch.
“We will attack with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind,” said Harbaugh. “It’s a very exciting time for us as a football team.”
On the coaching staff side, Harbaugh announced the hiring of new running backs coach Mike Hart and said defensive staff would be in place “very soon”.
“I can’t make any announcements yet until things are signed,” Harbaugh said. “But I’m very close to doing all of these moves.”
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