Could Harbaugh be the answer in Oakland?

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

There is talk in NFL circles that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh could attract interest from teams in the league in January.

The former NFL quarterback has done a nice job at Stanford the past two seasons and many believe he has the temperament and skill level to become a head coach in the NFL. Harbaugh's brother, John, is in his first season as head coach for the Baltimore Ravens.

One potential landing spot could be Oakland if Al Davis doesn't keep offensive line coach Tom Cable who is currently serving as interim head coach. Harbaugh is an offensive coach, which is essentially a Davis prerequisite, and he is a bright, young coach. Davis likes bright, young coaches.

Plus, it could play well in the Bay Area. Harbaugh has the Cardinal playing well and he is well respected.

I'm not saying this is going to happen, but it's being talked about and it would make pretty good sense. Harbaugh has been asked about it and he isn't exactly running from the idea.

Which in Oakland is half the battle.