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Harbaugh, Gruden mentioned as early 49ers candidates

49ers team president Jed York says he’s going to hire a G.M. that will have the sole authority to hire a coach.  Based on one report in San Francisco, York may wind up looking for a G.M. that will hire the coach York wants.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News cites two sources that claim Jon Gruden and Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh are atop York’s wish list for a potential coach.

“Around the league, the chatter is about which G.M. candidates would fit with Gruden or Harbaugh, not about which coaches would fit with, say, Ted Sundquist, Floyd Reese or Randy Mueller,” Kawakami writes.

While this item isn’t particularly shocking, it does contradict basically everything York said on Monday.  (Expect denials from the 49ers.)  Then again, his hint that he’ll be looking for an offensive coach somewhat undermined his statement that he’d stay out of the coaching search.

York, 29, is also facing questions in the Bay Area about his readiness to make a decision on the next 49ers G.M. by himself.  It sounds like he’ll get some help from his uncle Eddie DeBartalo Jr. and possibly the NFL.

“I know for a fact the league wants to help the Yorks because it wants a stronger team in San Francisco,” Lowell Cohn of the Santa Press Democrat wrote.

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39 Responses to “Harbaugh, Gruden mentioned as early 49ers candidates”
  1. seahawks4alltime says: Dec 28, 2010 3:09 PM

    The team president is only 29 years old? Don’t we all feel like failures?

  2. romosexualtendencies says: Dec 28, 2010 3:16 PM

    Isn’t nepotism great? Especially when it affects millions of fans!

  3. profootballwalk says: Dec 28, 2010 3:17 PM

    Why would the league want a strong team in SF? New York or Chicago I can see. San Francisco? There’s always the Raiders…

  4. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Dec 28, 2010 3:17 PM

    Where is our help from the NFLs version of Fidel Castro?? The league needs to help us long suffering Raider fans…..

    At least SF wants Harbaugh or Chuckie. We are stuck again with Cable and Al as our GM/head of scouting.head of player personell/part time DC……

  5. kingjoe1 says: Dec 28, 2010 3:20 PM

    Really, this is some big effin breaking news. Seriously, why not just say these folks plus Fox, Fisher, Lewis, and Cowher are candidates for all the open jobs. Marvin Lewis might just be interviewed for every opening for the next three years.

    Lets see, we have Dallas, Minn, SF, Cincy, Carolina, Miami, Tenn, Denver and Houston.
    This should cover it and stop these ridiculous speculative articles, that pretend to have real facts behind them.

  6. bartpkelly says: Dec 28, 2010 3:26 PM

    Muller…finally the ex-GM of the year gets another mention.

  7. jimmysee says: Dec 28, 2010 3:27 PM

    They really need a young guy looking to make his bones — not some over the hill expensive retread.

  8. flyerscup2010 says: Dec 28, 2010 3:39 PM

    …jim…harbaugh? i’m sure it’s news to the ravens if they want john harbaugh.

  9. mvp43 says: Dec 28, 2010 3:39 PM

    He was filling his diaper when Joe Montana won his first super bowl. He better get some help…….

  10. redrew says: Dec 28, 2010 3:41 PM

    The Bay Area Boys will luv Grudes

  11. camdenyard says: Dec 28, 2010 3:46 PM

    John Harbaugh is atop York’s wish list for a potential coach? Hmmm. He may want to ask the RAVENS first, given John is their head coach.

  12. ccolgain says: Dec 28, 2010 3:47 PM

    I hope you are mistaken and that it is Jim Harbaugh and not John. As far as I know John is under contract with the Ravens and not going anywhere.

  13. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 28, 2010 3:48 PM

    You mean they aren’t going to follow the ‘Skins model from a couple years ago and hire and offensive coordinator before a head coach? LOL. Yeh, that worked out well….

  14. favreflavoredwaffles says: Dec 28, 2010 3:52 PM

    Gosh, I hope not. We just started getting into the rhythm of watching and listening to Gruden during the MNF games while drinking. Every time he says: “THIS GUY,” everyone has to slam.

    I can’t remember a single game since we started.

    I’ll be one of the first to say it also….Gruden will not proseper anywhere but college. Every team he coached was set up beautifully when he got there and he tanked all of them into obscurity.

  15. highfivefootballfan says: Dec 28, 2010 3:52 PM

    these names will be mentioned as early candidates for every single HC opening, along with Cowher and Billick. this isn’t news.

  16. jaggedmark says: Dec 28, 2010 3:53 PM

    Harbaugh? Noooooooo! Sincerely, Michigan

  17. hashfest says: Dec 28, 2010 3:58 PM

    Harbaugh comes home to the Maize and Blue

  18. hobartbaker says: Dec 28, 2010 4:07 PM

    With Mom still busy picking up all the wrapping paper and ribbons, and Dad laid up in bed from eating and drinking too much recently, Jed asked Uncle Eddie to help him assemble his new toy.

  19. datrout24 says: Dec 28, 2010 4:08 PM

    As a Cal and 49ers fan, I hope they manage to get Harbaugh away from Stanford. Two wins for me!

  20. awdlmd says: Dec 28, 2010 4:17 PM

    “They really need a young guy looking to make his bones — not some over the hill expensive retread.”

    McDaniels is availabe and he loves watching tape of the 49ers.

  21. wvuandsteelers says: Dec 28, 2010 4:17 PM

    How about Harbaugh to Carolina where he can draft Luck?

    Harbaugh does make sense since he at least understands the elitist California weirdos. However, my bet is Michigan backs up a Brinks truck and offers him between around $4 million/year.

    Gruden doesn’t have a QB to work with in SF and they won’t be in a situation to get Luck. Now, would he take on McNabb? If Cincy lets Carson Palmer go, I say put him with Gruden and whatever team they go to will be in the playoffs next year (or just put Gruden in Cincy).

  22. xli2006 says: Dec 28, 2010 4:34 PM

    Great special on the NFL Network about Gruden, Dungy, Sapp, Brooks, and how the Bucs put together their Super Bowl Team. It gives you a different look at Gruden behind the scenes.

    Either one would be a solid hire for the 49ers. Singletary should easily get a Defensive Coordinator job and should still be considered a Head Coach candidate for some of the struggling teams (Bills maybe).

  23. snnyjcbs says: Dec 28, 2010 4:34 PM

    A broken watch is right more times in a Day then these clowns that work Bay Area Sports Reporting are in a year on what they claim to know, they know nothing and History will back that up.

    Many have no “sources” or the ones they do claim as “sources” are nobodies and know nothing. You would think one of these clowns would have found out from their “sources” about a Blockbuster Trade like Moss or Seymour prior to it going down.

    Many in the Bay Area have a man crush on Gruden and it just eat them alive when he was the coach of the Raiders. The Niners will take their time and bring in a good GM first and then they will look at coaches.

  24. snnyjcbs says: Dec 28, 2010 4:37 PM

    Tell Cohn I have heard the same thing, they are sitting up nights at NFL Headquarters working on picking the Niners next coach as I write, lol a bunch.

  25. eaglelover1 says: Dec 28, 2010 4:42 PM

    Any Team that wants Gruden as a head coach must be looking to draft in the top 10 for the next 4-5 years.

  26. ninerdynasty says: Dec 28, 2010 4:42 PM

    @profootbalwalk – Newsflash, the niners are the most popular team in the bay area and the team is trying to get a new stadium done, you need a good team to manage that… besides, who knows how long the raiders will stick around after their stadium lease is up.

    @Camdeyard – I’m pretty sure it says JIM not john… guess what? john has a brother named Jim in case you didn’t know.. either that or you just don’t know how to read.

  27. alarmbottle says: Dec 28, 2010 5:01 PM

    How about Holmgren (if he’s got the coaching itch)?

  28. xtrout says: Dec 28, 2010 5:05 PM

    Didn’t know Santa had a newspaper. I think the author means the Santa “ROSA” Press Democrat.

  29. 90ragtop says: Dec 28, 2010 5:09 PM

    Attention Gregg Rosenthal, @kingjoe1, and @wvuandsteelers

    Gruden’s already taken. I am hiring him for the Browns. I’ll be letting Mangini know that he’s toast shortly after this coming Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh. Thanks in advance for not mentioning Gruden’s availability again in any speculation about head coaching jobs in other cities.

    Best and Happy New Year,

    Mike Holmgren

  30. 3octaveFart says: Dec 28, 2010 5:41 PM

    I’m sure it wouldn’t make much arm twisting to get Harbaugh to leave Baltimore – who wouldn’t jump at a chance to leave that den of felons and miscreants?

  31. numberoneinthehoodg says: Dec 28, 2010 5:53 PM

    This organization is in current shambles. The stadium is junk (yet they don’t have to worry about blizzards) and they can still move. Gruden may not want to deal with the issues and Harbaugh would likely just want to get his foot in the door in the NFL so he has to be the likely choice of the two. I doubt either wants to truly go there. On top of that, there’s the Rooney rule. Maybe they can find a candidate willing to take a bigger risk through that avenue???

  32. tombstone7 says: Dec 28, 2010 5:56 PM

    Harbaugh is great coach at the collegiate level, but no pro experience. Whoever, don’t get a guy who has lost somewhere else…..frankly my Dear, I don’t give a damn!

  33. scoob766 says: Dec 28, 2010 6:15 PM

    profootballwalk says: Dec 28, 2010 3:17 PM

    Why would the league want a strong team in SF? New York or Chicago I can see. San Francisco? There’s always the Raiders…


    Obviously you have never been to SF and don’t watch baseball. Great sports city, NY and Chicago are good, but SF has far more tradition and 5 rings, count em 5 for 5. Any other team with 5 or more Superbowls and a 100% record in them?

    The Raiders are a joke here, they moved to LA before. yes some people like them, but SF is great for sports. Unlike many places that won’t even come out to watch their teams, but yeah why SF/

  34. carryingweight says: Dec 28, 2010 6:24 PM

    Kingjoe1 why not just stop coming to this site. I think its hilarious that you complain but here you are on the site. You’re like the d bag who hates his job and complains but still goes there cuz guess what you need a paycheck.

  35. rayguyreturns says: Dec 28, 2010 6:37 PM

    I hear Norv Turner might be available after 2011.

    He already knows his way around the Bay Area. No extra training required.

  36. hallcyon says: Dec 28, 2010 6:44 PM

    Michael Lombardi, Flory Reese should be considered. Jed York is a football executive in name only. Al Davis, despite being over the hill, has extensive football experience at all levels. York doesn’t have any actual experience of administrating a football organization, there is a need to bring in an executive who can mentor, assist and develop York. Eddie DeBartolo surrounded himself with Bill Walsh, Carmen Policy, John McVay and Neal Dahlen. What will Jed York do? So far nothing.

  37. monkeesfan says: Dec 28, 2010 6:51 PM

    The NFL helping make one of its teams more competitive for the betterment of the league’s competitive depth?
    What a concept, Bud Selig.

  38. brownstown2 says: Dec 28, 2010 7:15 PM

    This kid is the next Mike Brown. Gotta love families that hand the reigns over to the kids for no good reason than a perceived sense of obligation. This goes for any business, not just pro sports.

  39. marvin49 says: Dec 28, 2010 7:37 PM

    Its funny how peeps like to slam Jed. Ya know what, Eddie D freakin’ hired Joe Thomas. He screwed up more than once before he hired Walsh.

    Sing was his first hire. He’ll get better. At least its clear that he cares….and not every owner can say that.

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