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Jim Harbaugh joins impressive list of coaches in AFC West

The Los Angeles Chargers hired Jim Harbaugh earlier this week and he is now set to join an AFC West that also includes Andy Reid (Kansas City Chiefs), Sean Payton (Denver Broncos) and Antonio Pierce (Las Vegas Raiders).

Reid, 65, won Super Bowl XXXI as an assistant with the Green Bay Packers in 1996. He later reached Super Bowl XXXIX as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004, two years after winning Coach of the Year.

Reid became the Kansas City’s head coach in 2013. After drafting quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Reid and Chiefs have reached three Super Bowls, winning twice (and they’re back in the AFC championship game this year).

Payton, 60, was named Coach of the Year in 2006. He reached three NFC championship games with the New Orleans Saints and won Super Bowl XLIV following the 2009 season.

Harbaugh, 60, won Coach of the Year honors in 2011. He reached the NFC title game three times with the San Francisco 49ers and helped the club reach Super Bowl XLVII in 2012. Harbaugh then coached at the college level from 2015-2023, going 86-25 at Michigan (including a perfect 15-0 record and a national championship title last fall).

Pierce, 45, played linebacker in the NFL for nine seasons, earning one Pro Bowl nod. He won Super Bowl XLII as a player with the New York Giants in 2007. Pierce transitioned to coaching in 2014 and he’s been with the Raiders since 2022. This fall will mark his first season as a full-time head coach in the NFL.

The AFC West might be the best division of coaches in the league going into the 2024 campaign.

Andy Reid: 258-144-1 (NFL)

(Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)
(Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

Sean Payton: 160-98-0 (NFL)

(Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports)
(Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports)

Jim Harbaugh: 44-19-1 (NFL) and 144-52 (NCAA)

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Antonio Pierce: 5-4 (NFL interim)

(Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)
(Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)

Story originally appeared on Broncos Wire