Report: Dolphins pursuing Jim Harbaugh

January, 4, 2011
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The Miami Dolphins might be agreeable to retaining head coach Tony Sparano, but it sounds like they're interested in trading up if they can land the right replacement.

NFL Network reporter Jason La Canfora, citing unnamed league sources, says the Dolphins have had multiple conversations with Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh about a job that's not vacant.

Another source told NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche it will be "hard for Sparano to survive."

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross attended Stanford's victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Monday night. Ross also owns Sun Life Stadium, where the game took place.

Harbaugh is a hot coaching candidate and likely has spoken to a few teams already. He has developed a reputation as a dynamic playcaller and helped groom quarterback Andrew Luck into the consensus favorite as the No. 1 overall draft choice in April.

Much to the dismay of Ross and Dolfans, the Dolphins' offense struggled mightily despite the owner's belief Chad Henne would be a franchise quarterback with an array of established offensive stars. The Dolphins traded for receiver Brandon Marshall, adding him to a team that already had running backs Ronnie Brown, top slot receiver Davone Bess and elite left tackle Jake Long.

The Dolphins ranked 30th in points, 21st in total offense, 21st in rushing offense and 16th in passing offense.

Ross is a colossal University of Michigan patron. He has donated millions of dollars to Michigan. His name is on the business school. Harbaugh was a star quarterback for the Wolverines in the 1980s.

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