Jim Harbaugh’s experience with Andrew Luck should be on Chicago Bears’ radar
Lastly, Harbaugh was responsible for coaching maybe the best college quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning when he had the pleasure of coaching Andrew Luck at Stanford. Sure, Luck was special. He was just plain good.
But, placed in the hands of the wrong coach, Luck’s collegiate career could have gone a different route. Under Harbaugh, Luck was the surefire number 1 pick in that 2012 NFL Draft.
In Luck’s first season as Stanford’s starter, he was underwhelming to say the least. This was, indeed, under Harbaugh. He finished the season with a completion percentage just over 56 percent and threw for 2,575 yards, 13 touchdowns and four picks. He also had four entire games with a completion percentage of 50 or worse.
Luck didn’t throw the ball nearly as much as he should have that year, but Harbaugh clearly had a plan.
Luck’s next season saw him throw for 3,338 yards with 32 touchdowns to just eight picks and a completion percentage of 70.7.
The moral of the story, here, is that if you give Harbaugh some time with a quarterback, he will undoubtedly get the best out of them. Giving him the ability to mold and coach Fields would be in the Bears’ best interest, and fans should be elated if he’s the ultimate choice to replace Nagy.