Reports of monitoring Harbaugh are the first acknowledgement that the Jets are willing to part ways with head coach Rex Ryan (Cimini, Nov. 30).
Like Rex Ryan Jim Harbaugh is a polarizing figure, but maybe for extremely different reasons. Harbaugh has proven to be a successful coach and has proven that he is something of a quarterback whisperer. Harbuagh groomed Andrew Luck at Stanford, then took Alex Smith off the garbage heap before having some read-option success with Colin Kaepernick before Kaep has plummeted from the skies as he's shown an inability to mature as a passer, seeing ghosts and not understanding how to read his routes or anticipate where the route concept will put a man open.
We're not sure what the issues are between Harbaugh and his front office, but we think that the lack of progress that Kaepernick has made has to be part of it. We are just guessing, but we would imagine that Harbaugh wants a traditional pocket-passer and his front office has forced Kaepernick on him against his wishes.
While Kaepernick' recent struggles might not help Harbaugh's cause, finding and developing quarterbacks has been a long-time problem for the Jets and there is wisdom in looking to add a coach who know what to look for and then know what to do with them once they have one.