Vikings Marathon Interview with Patrick Graham Unlikely to Stand in Way of Jim Harbaugh Hire
New York Giants defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, spent a lot of time getting to know those inside the Minnesota Vikings organization on Tuesday. According to multiple reports, he spent a total of 9 hours visiting and meeting with just about everyone at TCO Performance Center. Normally, that would lead fans and media to think his prospects to be hired as the next Vikings head coach are pretty good.
#Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham is wrapping up a 9-hour interview with the #Vikings in Eagan; he spent the day with people throughout the organization, after new GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah had Graham on his short list. Now, to see what comes of Jim Harbaugh’s interview.— Ben Goessling (@BenGoessling) February 2, 2022
But this isn’t a normal situation and there is a giant elephant, not yet in the room, but reportedly on his way to Eagan, MN right now. His name is Jim Harbaugh and those who work at his current place of employment, the University of Michigan, believe Jim is as good as gone.
Multiple sources tell The Wolverine’s Chris Balas that Harbaugh’s interview with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday is merely a formality. They believe he’s going there to accept the job and begin his victory tour.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is headed to Minnesota for a Wednesday interview, but multiple sources say it’s a formality. Harbaugh heads there planning to sign a deal to become the NFL Vikings’ head coach.
Harbaugh was not in his office at Schembechler Hall today. Other sources told TheWolverine.com that while he didn’t address the team, he did say some “goodbyes” and “thank yous” yesterday.Chris Balas – Michigan Insider (The Wolverine)
Other Signs Point to Harbaugh
Patrick Graham may have hung out in the Twin Cities for an uncomfortable amount of time today. But all signs still point to Jim Harbaugh as the next Minnesota Vikings head coach, as long as he doesn’t screw things up during tomorrow’s interview process.
Balas isn’t the only person confident in Harbaugh’s chances. Various insiders at Michigan believe Jim is at the top of Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s list of candidates. Harbaugh is clearly ready to leave Ann Arbor in favor of Minneapolis should he get the job offer.
Good on the Vikings organization for doing their due diligence with other candidates but if Jim Harbaugh, who has one of the best winning percentages in NFL history, wants to make Minnesota his new NFL home then you have no choice but to take advantage of such an opportunity.
Next up: Jim Harbaugh, who heads to Minnesota with confidence that he’ll land the job. Time will tell. https://t.co/Eni6jKQAfk— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 2, 2022
Detroit News @chengelis spoke to Deon Johnson, whose son William is highly rated incoming Michigan frosh. Deon said Jim Harbaugh spoke to son Monday on maybe going to NFL 1/2 “He told William he was definitely looking & if an opportunity came up, he was probably going to take it”— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) February 2, 2022
Detroit News quote from @chengelis 2/2 “(Harbaugh) told him he felt the team was gonna be good, they’re gonna win a lot of ballgames, they’re gonna do a lot of good things But he wants to chase a Super Bowl That’s one of the things on his list is to be a Super Bowl-winning coach”— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) February 2, 2022
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan