Bears fans watched with stars in their eyes as Jim Harbaugh hoisted the CFP National Championship trophy Monday night.
Speculation about Harbaugh returning to the NFL has been a recurring offseason storyline since he took the head coaching job at Michigan in 2015. This time, the question looms larger than ever. Defeating Washington 34-13 in the National Championship game with his alma mater, Harbaugh did what he set out to do at the University of Michigan. A storybook ending paired with the fact that he recently hired famed NFL agent Don Yee could suggest the legendary coach is ready for a new chapter.
Ready for a new chapter, too, are Chicago Bears fans.
Yes, head coach Matt Eberflus righted the ship after an 0-4 start to finish the season with seven wins. That late-season “success” — if you’re the type to consider a 7-6 record against a slew of mediocre quarterbacks “success” — might be good enough for the Bears’ front office, but it’s not good enough for the fans. Especially not after watching the Green Bay Packers earn a playoff berth in their 10th-straight win over the Bears on Sunday.
Bears fans are desperate for the organization to raise its standards. And on Monday, a man dripped in confetti wearing Cartier sunglasses on a stage in Houston was their sliver of hope.
These were some of the best pleas we saw on social media from fans to bring Harbaugh to Chicago:
Money does buy happiness… if you have enough.
If the Bears are not sold on Flus as the head coach, fire Flus. Then have George hand you a blank check and let Jim Harbaugh put the numbers on.
— DaBearsBlog (@dabearsblog) January 8, 2024
When Harbaugh finds out the Bears have the No. 1 pick, it’s over for you clowns.
SPEAK IT INTO EXISTENCE!
Just say the word, and we’ll start constructing the statue.
Throw us a frickin’ bone, here.
Defensive pessimism is a coping mechanism.
Wishing for Jim Harbaugh to become the Bears head coach is like going to bed hoping for a snow day the next morning.
It would be great to see your school on the bottom ticker of the local news but we know deep down it’s not happening.
— Brendan Sugrue (@BrendanSugrue) January 9, 2024
And when Harbaugh crushes that dream, we’ll dream about it some more.
I’m gonna dream about the Bears hiring Jim Harbaugh until it’s no longer a possibility. Zero shame about it.
I will never let sports get me so jaded that I stop dreaming.
The day I do is the day I stop watching sports.
— Greg Braggs Jr. (@GBraggsJr23) January 9, 2024
Squint, and it’s Jim.
Sometimes, you must let a higher power take the wheel.
-Bears fans get in here
🕯️Fire Flus & Getsy🕯️
🕯️ Hire Harbaugh & 🕯️
🕯️Frank Smith 🕯️
— JJ (@joergernaut) January 8, 2024
The league is nowhere near ready for this type of juice.