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NFL Draft News: Andrew Luck to stay in school; Harbaugh Leaving for NFL

ESPN is reporting that Stanford QB Andrew Luck will remain in school. This is of course big news for all the teams that are QB-desperate heading into the draft; but it makes me wonder something else? Does this mean Jim Harbaugh is staying on as the coach of Stanford?  I find it hard to believe that Luck, pretty much a lock for one of the top 2 picks in the upcoming draft, would stay at school if there is a chance there will be a new coach, offensive coach, and offensive system.

UPDATE: Jim Harbaugh has accepted a 5 year, $25 million deal to coach the 49ers. This means that a) the Dolphins are $3 milion per year LESS APPEALING to coach than the 49ers; and b) Andrew Luck will be playing for a new coach, with possibly a new offensive system.  Lets see if this maybe changes his mind. Maybe he is really just waiting to see how the whole labor issue plays out.

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20 responses

  1. johnnyharvard

    Nice to be a member of the privileged sperm club.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm

  2. Lincoln1

    I would have taken the loot too. I also didnt have a father who played in the league like Luck did

    January 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

  3. Lincoln1

    Luck could have pulled an Elway and state that I dont want the panthers to draft me, but then you come off as arrogant and really a prick to tell a team in the NFL that you dont want to play for them when you have yet to even play a down in the league. Luck doesnt strike me as that type of guy who would do that so instead of saying that he will just go back to college

    January 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    • johnnyharvard

      Perhaps. I just thnk he wants to be the best QB he can be when he does come out. He wants to be successful as much as or more so than rich. And I admire that. That being said if it was me I’d take the loot now, but than again thats coming from someone who grew up broke and is struggling to stay afloat this very moment. So my motivation is far different than his.

      January 7, 2011 at 11:51 pm

  4. johnnyharvard

    Yeah Garza will get that bump going to the central. Not sure he’s that true number one though, but I think it was worth the risk. The Cubs did give up 4 potential ML starters though at three key positions,(SS,SP,C), and a very productive, and athletic OF who happened to be Cubs player of the year to go along with Cubs pitcher of the year. It was a heavy price to pay for what I think may be more of a number 2. But if Big Z can continue what he ended with last year he’s back to being an Ace and than you have a nice one two punch. Maybe a big three if Dempster can continue to be the 15 game winner he’s been. Its a now and a future pick up since the Cubs have 3 years of contract control.

    January 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm

  5. Lincoln1

    Locker took a bigger risk because the team he was coming back to sucked. They could not protect him. Why he went back to a horrible team was strange. Luck has a shot to win a national title and that O line of his is damn good….

    As for Harbaugh there is no reason for him to be pissed off at Michigan for not hiring him 3 years ago. He was coaching small time football at the time and had not yet proved that he could handle Michigan. If that really is the reason then Harbaugh needs his head examined cause most major programs would not have hired him 3 years ago, not to mention any NFL teams

    January 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    • maybe Locker just isnt that good. If he sucked that bad at Washington, going against college-level defenses, what would he have done at the Browns, Redskins, Seahawks, or Bills?

      January 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      • johnnyharvard

        Thats one of the beliefs about Luck too. That he wants to be better prepared. Its why Bradford stayed. He straight out said he wasn’t ready for the NFL and felt he needed another year of seasoning. I guess its about comfort level too. These guys don’t just want to be rich, but they want to be successful too. I guess luck feels this gives him the best chance at being successful. besides the rookie cap may be instituted this year when they negotiate the contract, but injury is an issue. Bradford almost screwed up because he didn’t declare after his sophomore season and got hurt. fortunately he rehabbed it during his junior year and was full strength his senior year.

        January 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    • johnnyharvard

      Harbaugh looks like he’s San Francisco bound. My guess is a lot of their recruits will opt out of their commitments there and some players will consider transfers and declare for the draft. Especially if you say his O-line is so good. The NFL holds a premium to those guys. So the chances of Staford being able to compete for a National Championship will be remote at best. So if lockers reasoning was unsound due to team circumstance than the same holds true for Luck. But Luck said it was about finishing his Architecture degree from Stanford and being with his teammates to try and win a title. So his degree was his primary reason. At least according to him.

      And whether he had a reason to be mad or not he was mad. Thats just a fact. Its widely kown he wasn’t pleased about it.

      January 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm

  6. Thorsten

    I read a lot about it on the cbmb and most said what a dumb move it was for him to pass on all the money. Some assumed since the rookie salary cap might be there the season after next, he might lose like 30 mio.

    Well, I say cudos to him for not being all about the money. He will still earn tons of it when he enters the Draft, unless his stock will drastically fall. I feel it’s an unusual move in today’s society, but an honourable one. And if that is what he wants now, to finish his studies first and maybe win the championship game next year, why not?

    Of course, he also might not want to play for the Panthers, though I dunno if that really affected his decision.

    January 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    • also, when you look at the recent track record of QBs that stayed all four years (Manning, Brady, Brees, Bradford, Tebow) versus QBs that left early (Couch, Akili Smith, Ryan Leaf) INTERESTING FACT—of the top 12 QBs statistically in the NFL this year, Michael Vick is the ONLY one that didnt stay in college for 4 years…Andrew Luck gets another year to polish up as a passer by actually playing, not holding a clipboard or getting pummeled behind a crappy offensive line. Especially if Harbaugh stays too, which is looking like a safe bet.

      January 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      • johnnyharvard

        Well Aside from the Harbaugh staying part (he’s in San Fran as you by now know) I agree with the getting polished for the pro’s thing by staying in college. I think thats what people are missing here. being a QB matters to him that much. Its the opposite of what some have suggested that its not his first love. At leat thats how I’m seeing it.

        January 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    • johnnyharvard

      He comes from money anyway so his decision isn’t based out of desperation. Its hard for some of us to imagine turning that money down because we’ve never had that kind of situation where money wasn’t a central concern.

      As far as the Panthers is concerned theres ways around that. He could always pull a John Elway or an Eli manning, and force a trade to a team he’d want to play for.

      January 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm

  7. lincoln1

    Not to mention that San Fran actually has a defense. If I were harbaugh I would take the Michigan job and bring that team back to the top. Its the best job opened right now.

    As for Luck it really hard to say a kid is dumb for going back to school. all that money doesnt mean the same to him as it would to other kids apparently. Maybe too that he doesnt want to play for the panthers. who can blame him

    January 7, 2011 at 1:35 am

    • johnnyharvard

      Harbaugh’s wife doesn’t want to come to Ann Arbor. She lives Cali. And apparently Harbaugh’s still pissed off about Rich-Rod getting picked ahead of him.

      As for Luck I think he’s thinking he’s not ready yet and there may not be a season in the NFL for him to hone his skills with. He is taking a huge ass risk though.But its his risk to take. That same risk didn’t turn out too well for Locker who may be a 2nd rounder as he’s fallen behind Newton and Nathan Enderle.

      January 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

  8. johnnyharvard

    Oh and my second thought was exactly as yours. Harbaugh will return to Stanford. Another bad decision especially if Miami is prepared to offer 8 mil a year. So that tells me that report is a piece of crap.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    • unless the miami situation doesnt really appeal for whatever reason. henne is crap, the offensive line is crap, with the exception of Jake Long who couldnt stay healthy the last couple years; both RBs, Brown and Williams, are UFA’s; and the defense has nothing to speak of except for DE Cameron Wake and CB Vontae Davis. All things being equal, I would rather be in San Fran than Miami. at least there you got a couple good young pieces on both lines, a good RB, and a good WR & TE. Al you really need there is a QB.

      January 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      • johnnyharvard

        Don’t forget higher pick! And Mallet did declare today. So the future QB could be in this draft. There are also some interesting Vets that can be had like Orton for example. And the Denver Broncos asking price has been rumored to come down from a 2nd to a 4th! His wife loves it in Cali too. He met with them for a second time too and Shefler is saying its pretty much a done deal. Speaking of done deals the Cubs have apparently acquired Matt Garza for a boatload of prospects. So maybe my Cubs aren’t going to be a suck fest.

        January 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

      • I liek the Garza move. If he had a 3.91 ERA playing in a DH League, and facing the Yanks and Red Sox 40 times per year, and even the Blue Jays were a good hitting team last year—imagine what he will do playing the Pirates & Astros in a non-DH league?

        January 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

  9. johnnyharvard

    I heard that. My first thought was what an idiot! By most accounts he was going to be the number one pick overall. Another guy that wished he had it to do all over again is one Jake Locker.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

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