San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is no longer on the Miami Dolphins' head coaching radar, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Sunday. Joe Philbin is currently in his third year as the Dolphins' head coach, and with Miami 6-4 entering Sunday, Rapoport says it's "unlikely" that Philbin will be fired.
The 49ers have started the season 5-4, and with rumored friction between himself, GM Trent Baalke and some of the team's veterans, Harbaugh has repeatedly been linked to the coaching hot seat. Hall of Fame wide receiver and former 49ers Jerry Rice also said in October that he thought Harbaugh "is gone" after this season.
But in October, 49ers CEO Jed York denied reports suggesting there was "no way" Harbaugh would return to San Francisco in 2015. Coming off an overtime win over the New Orleans Saints, the 49ers face the 3-6 New York Giants on Sunday.
Harbaugh, 50, has led San Francisco to three NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl berth over his four seasons as head coach. This season is the fourth of his five-year contract, which carries a base of $5 million per year.
The Dolphins have been linked to Harbaugh since September, but according to Rapoport, Harbaugh's wife would like to remain in the Bay Area. Rapoport briefly mentioned the 0-9 Oakland Raiders as a possibility, as Tony Sparano still has "interim" attached to his head coaching title. The Raiders will be coming off their third straight losing season.
- Mike Fiammetta