13. Jim Harbaugh: Packers’ fans may not be very fond of former quarterbacks that used to take snaps for the division-rival Chicago Bears, but in Harbaugh’s case, they would probably make an exception.
Unlike Saban and Meyer, the 52-year-old Toledo, OH native has had success at both the college and pro levels by employing a pro-style system that he’s capable of adding numerous wrinkles to.
Harbaugh has quickly turned around a floundering Michigan program and has them playing better than they have in about a decade.
But while I think the one-time 49ers’ coach will someday return to the NFL in his quest to get back to a Super Bowl—and finally win one—he won’t be looking to walk away from his alma mater leaving behind unfinished business. Harbaugh will make his way back once he conquers at least one national title as a Wolverine. Probability: 3 percent
12. Sean Payton: What’s not to like about the Saints’ longest-tenured head coach of all time whose team is consistently among the league leaders in yards gained?
Payton is a straight shooter, media-friendly and one of the best at working with quarterbacks. But here’s the one stumbling block—his contract.
Payton is under contract with New Orleans until the end of the 2017 season and with Drew Brees not looking like he’ll be hanging up his cleats any time soon, the smart money says the 52-year-old play caller will fulfill his obligation. Probability: 5 percent