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Jim Harbaugh finally makes a decision: He’ll coach the 49ers

Jim Harbaugh, Frank Beamer

Well, at least we won’t have to write any more speculative posts about Jim Harbaugh’s future.  Until he’s on the hot seat.

The Stanford coach has agreed to a five-year deal to become coach of the 49ers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.  Harbaugh will get $25 million.

The decision ends a wild week of speculation.  First Michigan was supposedly the favorite to land Harbaugh, then the 49ers, then the Dolphins, and then Stanford again.   Perhaps Harbaugh wanted to stay near home all along and was just trying build leverage and use the media as best he knew how.

49ers fans should be happy because the team didn’t seem to have a terrific Plan B.   Now Harbaugh just has to show he was worth all the hype and the money.

If not, maybe he’ll be in position to take his buddy Andrew Luck in April of 2012.

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  1. kantnockdahustle89 says: Jan 7, 2011 3:52 PM

    My favorite two teams are coached by the Harbaughs…pretty awesome.

  2. skoobyfl says: Jan 7, 2011 3:53 PM

    Jim H. used Miami to get his salary raised with the 49ers, that’s a great way to start a business relationship.

  3. smoothdaddyride says: Jan 7, 2011 3:54 PM

    whatever their plan B was, its probably 100 times better than what Miami’s plan B ended up being.

  4. PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 7, 2011 3:55 PM

    The 49’ers are stacked with talent and any incoming coach that is half competent will look great when compared to Singletary. He’ll do great. Smart move. Just wish he had foregone all the drama.

  5. realitypolice says: Jan 7, 2011 3:56 PM

    Smart move.

    This team has talent. People forget that they were the overwhelming favorite to win the NFC West this year. Many experts picked them at 11-5, some even better.

    With a real coach instead of a high school cheerleader coupled with a good draft and a last place schedule next year, I wouldn’t be shocked at all if they won the division going away.

    At the press conference, Baalke was quoted as saying: Now we are so happy, we do the Dance of Joy!

  6. hobartbaker says: Jan 7, 2011 3:59 PM

    They don’t call him Jimmy Highball for nothing.

  7. contra74 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:00 PM

    Luck is screwed.

  8. babyjesus69 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:00 PM

    PHEW!!! Plan B sucked! And for not as much as I thought it would cost to get him. Now for him to to what he does best and groom a new qb. Draft can’t come soon enough!

  9. comeonnowguys says: Jan 7, 2011 4:00 PM

    Good luck with the Yelly McScreamy routine in the NFL. See how long that lasts.

    So does this mean he took the job cause his wife didn’t want to leave the area?

  10. mslice81 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:01 PM

    thank you jesus!!! we had no plan b..just saying

  11. phelbin says: Jan 7, 2011 4:01 PM

    As a 49ers fan I’m just not excited about this. The incompetent ownership will find some way to screw this up. I’m starting to sound like a pessimistic Cleveland fan. Damn you, Jed York!!

  12. favreflavoredwaffles says: Jan 7, 2011 4:03 PM

    This is as much of a gamble as it is paying say…Jamarcus Russell some crazy money when he hadn’t played an NFL game yet.

    Good luck anyway, Jimbo.

  13. granadafan says: Jan 7, 2011 4:04 PM

    Good luck from a CAL and 49ers fan.

  14. therealjcannon says: Jan 7, 2011 4:05 PM

    Great hire. Now lets see what they do next season.

  15. funkylovemonkey says: Jan 7, 2011 4:06 PM

    Welcome to the 49ers. Please don’t suck as badly as our previous three coaches.

    I’m glad this is finally resolved. And while I have a nagging feeling that Harbaugh may be overrated, it could have been a lot worse. Jeff Fisher worse. And that thought filled me with horror.

    And you never know, he might be able to finally turn the franchise around. The 49ers looked uncoached for a lot of last season (stupid penalties, bad snaps, not getting the call down quickly enough, the constant rotation of QBs, offensive calls that were so predictable even the dumbest of fans knew what was going to happen next), so he has to be an upgrade from that.

    Right?

  16. Deb says: Jan 7, 2011 4:07 PM

    Knew a woman once who told her guy she didn’t want to marry him so she was going to see if she could find someone else. She looked around, didn’t have any luck, and came back and married him. I always wondered why he took her. This is kinda the same thing. Harbaugh didn’t seem to want the 49ers, looked around, didn’t see anything better, and came back. Not a great beginning. That couple’s marriage didn’t last five years. Hope this works out better.

  17. sourdough says: Jan 7, 2011 4:08 PM

    I’m shocked because dmcbones said Al & Harbaugh had a “Father/Son” relationship and even went so far as to say Harbaugh would be the Raiders next Head Coach. So much for calling your shot…..

  18. pukey60 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:08 PM

    THAT is an insult to every current NFL HC. The guy has never won a single game in the NFL as a HC. Does anyone remember Steve Spurrier as the greatest thing since sliced bread? How did that wor out? And we have Petey up in Seattle who isn’t exactly setting the world on fire.

    My prediction is pretty basic: No QB no rings.

  19. awdlmd says: Jan 7, 2011 4:10 PM

    No way he lasts five years.

  20. huejackson says: Jan 7, 2011 4:10 PM

    kantnockdahustle89 says:
    Jan 7, 2011 3:52 PM
    My favorite two teams are coached by the Harbaughs…pretty awesome.

    ————————————————-
    How can you have 2 favorite teams?
    Your not a true fan then…..
    you play fantasy football too…. I know it

  21. budgrant4prez says: Jan 7, 2011 4:10 PM

    From So Cal to Nor Cal! University of San Diego, Stanford and now the 49ers! How Long till He reunites with his former USD QB Josh Johnson(Bucs)!

    Congrats!

  22. sf49erguy says: Jan 7, 2011 4:10 PM

    Lots of coaches recently have had no NFL experience & have done very well, so comparisons to Jamarcus Russell are just dumb. I’m a 49er fan who can’t stand the so called 49ers fans who have nothing but negative things to say no matter what they do… Joe Montana & Bill Walsh aren’t coming back..Get over it & quit bitching..We landed a head coach worth getting excited about…. Enjoy it…

  23. jhorton83 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:11 PM

    Harbaugh and Pete Carroll will get to coach against each other again twice a year. Should be entertaining. I wonder if Harbaugh will go for 2 point conversions again with a 48-21 lead late in the game if they’re playing the Seahawks.

  24. jamaltimore says: Jan 7, 2011 4:11 PM

    He’ll always be the second best Harbaugh in the NFL. Especially after his brother wins the Superbowl this year!

  25. babyjesus69 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:12 PM

    with the internet, blogging and such we’re like the generation of cynics

  26. broncobourque says: Jan 7, 2011 4:12 PM

    Good fit for Harbaugh, gets to stay home and goes to a team with a fair bit of talent. If they can either draft or sign a competent QB for him to work with they will be in good shape. I would say they will be favorites to win the NFC West again next season.

  27. loyaltyone says: Jan 7, 2011 4:13 PM

    Hey good luck Jim. I just wished you had not fed us a steady diet of “I love Michigan,and its my dream job”.
    I wanted to believe your Alma Mater really meant something to you.
    Michigan needed you for a number of reasons, really needed you but in the end its about chasing the money.
    What would Bo say?

  28. cacaw420 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:13 PM

    finally a picture of harbaugh that isn’t the one where he’s holding his kid outside the bus or pointing on the practice field…woo!

  29. riverhorsey says: Jan 7, 2011 4:13 PM

    hate to tell the 49’er fans this but Singletary is a better coach than i think harbaugh will be.

    harbaugh’s sideline antics just show me he’s not close to being ready for the nfl.

  30. xtb3 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:14 PM

    Winner of NFC West next time around. We’ll see now if Alex Smith changes his mind and wants to come back or if Harbaugh a quarterback even wants him.

  31. citynative says: Jan 7, 2011 4:15 PM

    @ JSpicoli says:
    Jan 7, 2011 2:40 PM
    “The niners are not going to plan B, the niners ARE plan B.”

    – – – – – – – – –

    OOPS!

    Go Niners!

  32. chrismatthewsucks says: Jan 7, 2011 4:16 PM

    HAHAHAHAH
    The niners demise continues, what makes anyone think that he will be sucessful in the NFL?? He will suck as a coach and be antoher College coach to fail in the NFL>

  33. nodak2de says: Jan 7, 2011 4:17 PM

    kantnockdahustle89 says:
    Jan 7, 2011 3:52 PM
    My favorite two teams are coached by the Harbaughs…pretty awesome

    Only a tool has two favorite teams lol

  34. mrw423 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:19 PM

    What happened to Gruden going to the 49ers? It seemed that it was almost set it stone and then 2 weeks ago, the only thing you hear is Harbaugh.

    Has there been ANY news about where Gruden could wind up?

  35. hobartbaker says: Jan 7, 2011 4:20 PM

    Finally after a long drawn out negotiation process which was attended at various times by police, ambulance, and fire departments, along with members of the military, Mr. Highbaugh has emerged from the restroom. Doctors on the scene confirm that he HAS had a bowel movement.

  36. geezohman says: Jan 7, 2011 4:25 PM

    if the earlier posts implied Miami was willing to go 6,7 million a year, this indicates he took the cheaper route…

    why.. likes the west coast… married kids, they don’t have to move? what?

    he like the QBs at 49ers versus Miami, seem like both losers to me

    ONE THING i’m glad… its OVER.. I couldn’t stand another day of these headlines !

    F ing NFL teams stumbling rumblings all over him !!!! its embarrassing… like a man in a ladies of the evening house

  37. dgforreal says: Jan 7, 2011 4:27 PM

    Not sure how I feel about this.

  38. darkerdaze says: Jan 7, 2011 4:27 PM

    skoobyfl says: Jan 7, 2011 3:53 PM

    Jim H. used Miami to get his salary raised with the 49ers, that’s a great way to start a business relationship.

    ———————————————

    He’s in the wrong for trying to check his options???

    If I had 4 different job offers, I would definitely have listened to every one of them before making a choice on where I was going. Yours stupid if you wouldn’t.

    Hopefully this helps the 49ers turn around their franchise, but I don’t think it will……unless Harbaugh plans on playing.

  39. 44boz says: Jan 7, 2011 4:30 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Jan 7, 2011 3:56 PM
    Smart move.

    This team has talent. People forget that they were the overwhelming favorite to win the NFC West this year. Many experts picked them at 11-5, some even better.

    With a real coach instead of a high school cheerleader coupled with a good draft and a last place schedule next year, I wouldn’t be shocked at all if they won the division going away.
    ___________________________________

    Are you kidding me? Is this because your team has won so many NFC West Division Championships? The Seahawks have dominated the Division, won 5 of the last 7 Division Titles, went to the Superbowl (and lost) and are now rebuilding but still found a way to beat your team that was predicted to go 11-5. Face it, your team is a shell of what they used to be and will suck for many years to come. Feel free to come up North if you want to watch football in January!

  40. jsratx says: Jan 7, 2011 4:33 PM

    I wouldn’t leave a home in Northern CA for Michigan or Miami either. Who gets to change jobs in that profession without moving? He’s no dummy. Smart move, Jim.

  41. gdonz14 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:33 PM

    Why is the football media obsessed with coronating Jimmy as the second coming of Bill Walsh…before he’s coached a single snap in the NFL?? So typical. Is it the elite football minds of media (the same journalists and talking heads that swooned over favre with insane blind devotion before, during, and after he imploded) using the theory of relativity here? He was that much better than John as a player and thus is a lock to be that much better as a coach?? What a joke. I haven’t seen one report where the writer or “expert” cautioned everyone to take a breath and remember Spurrier, Petrino, and Saban’s similarly ballyhooed entre into the big boys’ league. So to paraphrase Denny Green – “If you gonna crown him…then crown his a$$!!!!”. To quote another Public Enemy in Arizona – “DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE!!!” From everything I’ve seen of the guy his sideline presence and demeanor makes Maniac Mike look balanced and stable. My money’s on him flailing and failing within 3 years….

  42. aznwhip says: Jan 7, 2011 4:35 PM

    talk talk talk…. still need a qb…..

  43. knuckles95 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:36 PM

    Who’s going to coach after Harbaugh? I mean it seems they are going for a bear theme here. Maybe one of these guys:

    Ron Rivera
    Leslie Frazier
    Jeff Fisher
    Rob Ryan
    Rex Ryan
    Richard Dent
    Mongo McMichael
    Dan Hampton

  44. jagonzal says: Jan 7, 2011 4:39 PM

    Pete Carroll is bummed right now!

  45. bobwsc says: Jan 7, 2011 4:39 PM

    Pete Carroll can’t be ‘pumped and jacked’ over this.

  46. edhochuli says: Jan 7, 2011 4:39 PM

    “kantnockdahustle89 says:
    Jan 7, 2011 3:52 PM
    My favorite two teams are coached by the Harbaughs…pretty awesome.”

    Come on man, pick ONE team!

  47. merchantprince says: Jan 7, 2011 4:42 PM

    Here’s hoping that somehow the 49ers end up on Miami’s schedule next season, assuming we have a good enough offensive co-ordinator by then to run the score up on him. C*cksucker.

  48. mbmorganjr says: Jan 7, 2011 4:43 PM

    Job #1 – find a QB

    That will not be easy with the Niners draft position and the lack of quality free agents. Who do you like best that may be out there Niner fans?

  49. gforce90 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:46 PM

    Jim vs. John next year, Niners are slated to play Ravens.

  50. polo550 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:46 PM

    Easy Niners fans. Be careful what you ask for. If he’s anything like his brother get ready for him to hire all of his dad’s buddies and family friends to help run your team. Honestly, I wish the Ravens would have taken Jim instead of John. Hopefully, he will ask the Ravens for permission to talk to Mattison so that he can be the Niners D coordinator. Then all we have to do is fire Cam Cameron.

  51. worldsgreatestbearsfan says: Jan 7, 2011 4:47 PM

    Come on Jim this is your change to make good on a promise.

    “I`ll live to avenge this game-as a player, as a coach, whatever,“ said Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh, who managed to complete 17 of 24 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown. “I plan to get revenge somehow.“

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-12-24/sports/9104250492_1_bears-shaun-gayle-defensive-end-trace-armstrong

  52. canadian52niner says: Jan 7, 2011 4:48 PM

    Amazing news for Niners nation. This will be the day it all turned around and the glory days returned!

    Niners Forever

  53. da11ascowboys says: Jan 7, 2011 4:49 PM

    It makes me happy to see this franchise trying to get back on track. Looks like a pretty good hire. This coming from a Cowboys fan.

  54. usetabe says: Jan 7, 2011 4:52 PM

    Hard to figure folks haten on Jim’s ass. He did the Orange Bowl, came home, celebrated for a day, then listened to everyone who wanted to offer him a job, then made his pick. Took him three days. Not his fault the sportswriters breathlessly twittered at every turn, and numbnuts from various teams leaked that it was a done deal to the media.

  55. joetoronto says: Jan 7, 2011 5:00 PM

    Wow, 5 years @ 5 million per year for a rookie HC.

    Congratulations?

  56. 7ftgriff says: Jan 7, 2011 5:01 PM

    I don’t see how this can get too much criticism from a 49ers perspective, they didn’t overpay, they stayed fairly consistent and patient throughout the dramatic process. Now, Harbaugh needs to hire a competent staff and get a QB in here that can utilize the immense weapons this young team does possess. if the front office can keep it’s hand out of the cookie jar, I think this sets SF for long term success.

  57. realitypolice says: Jan 7, 2011 5:01 PM

    @Deb:

    By that logic, a team should never sign a free agent that had the gall and audacity to consider other teams.

    He never indicated that he “didn’t want the niners”, he simply did exactly what he should have done- he went out and made sure he was getting the best possible deal and the best possible situation. You know, like any job-seeker in any field should do.

    By the way- the niners should actually be encouraged by the fact that he took less money to go there. ESPN is reporting the niners deal is 5 years, $25 million. That’s 2 to 3 million less than the Dolphins offered.

  58. lebronsinsecurity says: Jan 7, 2011 5:02 PM

    @huejackson says:
    “How can you have 2 favorite teams?”
    “Your not a true fan then…..”

    Some people do move in their lifetime.. After multiple years in a new place you slowly start to gain interest in your new cities team..sh*t just happens.. You might be taking this football sh*t a little too seriously..

  59. randolph32 says: Jan 7, 2011 5:02 PM

    I can’t believe the 49’ers are going to try ANOTHER former BEAR PLAYER as head coach….didn’t you learn the first time?

  60. goldrush36 says: Jan 7, 2011 5:04 PM

    PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 7, 2011 3:55 PM

    The 49′ers are stacked with talent and any incoming coach that is half competent will look great when compared to Singletary. He’ll do great. Smart move. Just wish he had foregone all the drama.

    ___________________________________

    The drama would probably been foregone had York kept to his word in the first place with money being no object. Had he not tried to be a cheapskate and lowball him, this deal would have been done wednesday night. Just sayin. Credit to Jed for pulling it off in the long run though

  61. ninerfaithful says: Jan 7, 2011 5:04 PM

    We did it man!!! We got Harbaugh we’re back on the map!!! I’m so proud of Jed York, I’ve had my doubts but he got it done and he’s got the team back moving in the right direction. All you pessimistic 49er fans shut up and smile we did it!!

  62. jimmysee says: Jan 7, 2011 5:05 PM

    Shows how much I know — after all the drama I figured he’d stay at Stanford!

  63. fame777 says: Jan 7, 2011 5:05 PM

    So Miami was up to $7-8 mil a year so he took $5 mil in S.F ???

  64. goldrush36 says: Jan 7, 2011 5:13 PM

    Spurrier got all of his talent paid to be there before the NCAA really cracked down, it wasn’t his coaching ability. For the most part so did Carrol lol and he bailed when it started to get hot on him. From all known accounts so far has built honest programs. It also took Spurrier and Carrol quite a bit longer to make those teams successful. To be fair to Spurrier as well, that redskins team was terrible. The 49ers were poorly coached combined with substandard QB play.

  65. dcsilverthorn says: Jan 7, 2011 5:14 PM

    2011: 49ers @ Ravens. battle of the Harbaughs

  66. laxer37 says: Jan 7, 2011 5:22 PM

    The AFC North and NFC West are matched up next year so we”ll get to see two brothers coaching accross the field from each other. Pretty cool.

  67. dirtdawg55 says: Jan 7, 2011 5:24 PM

    The over / under on when he will be fired is three years. However, everyone fully expects him to keep his pants on at all times.

  68. largent80 says: Jan 7, 2011 5:25 PM

    So we’ll have a Harbaugh Bowl next year…Niners @ Ravens. Cool.

  69. xslider138 says: Jan 7, 2011 5:30 PM

    “Part of what 49ers like: When Harbaugh was w/ Raiders he wrote “spot on” draft reports on Tony Romo, David Garrard … and Joey Harrington.”]
    THats a direct quote from Matt Maiocco on twitter account. It lets you know he can spot NFL QB level talent.
    Romo and Garrard were not billed as top level QB’s coming into the NFL but yet both have had solid careers. If he can pick and groom a QB like he has done with every place he has been than that could put us over the top. It may not even be a 1st or 2nd round pick could be a steal in the 3rd he sees and all of a sudden were gold. Who knows this guy knows QB’s though and that has been our biggest issue for years. Fix the secondary a little with a top CB in first and all of a sudden we are talking above .500 in first season.
    Here’s the one thing a lot of people aren’t talking about. Hes a WCO guy and we have all that film from the yrs of Walsh running it at his disposal now too. Could be very exciting.
    Does he keep the 3-4 def or switch it up to 4-3 though?

  70. hooterdawg says: Jan 7, 2011 5:35 PM

    Now who doesn’t think Bill Parcells is THE mover and shaker in the NFL:

    1. He goes to Miami and directs the rebuilding of a 1-15 team into a contender in one season.
    2. Team is sold to Stepeh Ross, and Parcells basically says ‘ No, thank you’ to working for Ross.
    3. Parcells accepts gig to work as a consultant with York and his 49ers.
    4. Ross makes a fool of himself and the Dolphins – without Parcells – by trying to hire Harbaugh while Sparano is still the coach.
    5. Harbaugh turns down Miami and signs with 49ers instead for 2M less/yr than Miami was offering.
    6. Finally 49ers look astute. Miami is in disarry. Guess which side Parcells is working with.

  71. raiders757 says: Jan 7, 2011 5:39 PM

    huejackson says: Jan 7, 2011 4:10 PM

    kantnockdahustle89 says:
    Jan 7, 2011 3:52 PM
    My favorite two teams are coached by the Harbaughs…pretty awesome.

    ————————————————-
    How can you have 2 favorite teams?
    Your not a true fan then…..
    you play fantasy football too…. I know it

    ———————————-

    I agree Hue. You can bet this guy is a Niners fan who doesn’t have the balls to stick with a team when they’re down, so he claims he likes another team as well, who just happens t be a good team.

    You can bet if the Ravens start to stink, he’ll jump ship as fast as he can and claim he’s a fan of another team. I don’t buy into that “you can have as many favorite teams as you want B.S.” Grow a sack and pick one team and stick with them.

  72. smarterthana5thgrader says: Jan 7, 2011 5:40 PM

    Dmcbones, where you at son?…

  73. citynative says: Jan 7, 2011 5:52 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jan 7, 2011 5:00 PM
    Wow, 5 years @ 5 million per year for a rookie HC.

    Congratulations?

    – – – – – – –

    Wow, Does anyone want to coach your Raiders?

    Salutations?

  74. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 7, 2011 5:55 PM

    Lots of money for a guy who hasn’t won an NFL game yet. I hope he doesn’t make more than Belichick. Belichick is a proven winner.

  75. hawkinsob says: Jan 7, 2011 6:08 PM

    I’m going to go way out on a limb here…

    The 49ers will give Alex Smith a 5th chance (or is it 6th, I can’t keep track), and they will continue to be mediocre under Harbaugh.

  76. Nevis says: Jan 7, 2011 6:11 PM

    skoobyfl says:
    Jim H. used Miami to get his salary raised with the 49ers, that’s a great way to start a business relationship.

    ———-

    FAIL.

    Niners didn’t raise their offer one penny after Miami blew in like a drunk prom date.

    Jed and Baalke nailed this. HUGE day for the 49ers fans and bay area fans in general.

  77. FinFan68 says: Jan 7, 2011 6:11 PM

    phelbin says:
    Jan 7, 2011 4:01 PM
    As a 49ers fan I’m just not excited about this. The incompetent ownership will find some way to screw this up. I’m starting to sound like a pessimistic Cleveland fan. Damn you, Jed York!!
    ————————
    As a Miami fan I say, dude, stop whining. You have a talented team with a bright future. The Dolphins have talented players with a dismal future for the time being. Count your blessings and complain when things actually get bad

  78. Nevis says: Jan 7, 2011 6:14 PM

    The drama would probably been foregone had York kept to his word in the first place with money being no object. Had he not tried to be a cheapskate and lowball him, this deal would have been done wednesday night. Just sayin. Credit to Jed for pulling it off in the long run though

    ———————————-

    Um…Jed made a fair offer out of the gates and never wavered. Give credit where credit is due.

  79. geezohman says: Jan 7, 2011 6:20 PM

    from the homeless anouncer from Columbus: this just in:
    ==============

    is Ed Reed out for tomorrow game. Something about his brother missing in Lousianna?

  80. discosucs2005 says: Jan 7, 2011 6:32 PM

    I think you can break down all the comments into a few categories:

    1. Niners fans who think Jim will be Bill Walsh
    2. Niners fans who think he will be another Nolan
    3. Raiders fans who think (and hope and pray) that he will be worse than Nolan.
    4. Miami fans who are disappointed.
    5. And one random Pats fan who, given the intelligent nature of her comment, just learned to read.

    I have no clue how good Jim will be. I didn’t want him (as a 49er fan) but if Josh McDaniels was our second option, I’m sure glad to give him a shot.

  81. ham1 says: Jan 7, 2011 6:39 PM

    I hope he doesnt bring the same level of whining to the NFL like his brother did to the AFC Baltimoron Ravens. Only the Dallas Cowpukes have that same reputation currently in the NFC.

  82. kupski says: Jan 7, 2011 6:50 PM

    SORRY MICHIGAN ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  83. mrcowpatty says: Jan 7, 2011 7:24 PM

    Hope Jim realizes he won’t be playing teams from the Pac 12. But then again the NFC West is almost like the Pac 12.

  84. wetpaperbag2 says: Jan 7, 2011 7:39 PM

    The afternoon Harbaugh announces he will coach the 49ers, we have an earthquake here in the Bay Area! Talk about bad omens!

  85. scoob766 says: Jan 7, 2011 8:01 PM

    Everyone forgets the niners were competitive in games vs the Falcons, Saints, Philly and should have won ALL of them. With Harbaugh we would have won 2 at least! Not to get overly excited, I say we wait a year on a QB. Mallet isn’t good, the Mizzou guy isn’t great, Cam Newton (I rather have Cam Cameron at QB). Just get Orton or even someone who can just manage a game. The run game will annihilate teams

  86. kreepshow says: Jan 7, 2011 8:24 PM

    6-10 next season with Alex Smith; 7-9 with anyone else. Which probably will be enough to make the playoffs in the crappiest division in NFL.

  87. ninernationnut says: Jan 7, 2011 8:30 PM

    huejackson says: Jan 7, 2011 4:10 PM
    How can you have 2 favorite teams?
    Your not a true fan then…..(sic)
    _____________________________

    I have four favorite teams in the NFL.

    The 49ers and the three teams playing against the Cowboys, Green Bay and Seahawks in any given week.

    If any of these three happen to be playing each other, I hope for a tie.

    Of course these change from season to season with the exception of my life long hatred of the Cowboys. I don’t care if they’re 0 for the season, I still want them to lose.

    Until recent years, the Squawks weren’t even worth the effort, but now they rise my ire. I can’t stand Pete Carroll. Even typing that name makes me feel a bit ill.

  88. hooterdawg says: Jan 7, 2011 9:15 PM

    ninernationnut, you don’t have 4 favorite teams – you are a hater against 3 teams. Grow up, hater.

  89. realitypolice says: Jan 7, 2011 9:29 PM

    @44boz:

    You’re an idiot. I am not a 49ers fan.

    This site isn’t just fanboys commenting on articles about “their” team. Although I admit there a lot of other water heads like you on here.

    Everything I say in my post is factual. The niners were picked to win the division by everyone.

    By the way, your team sucks. If they played in a different division, or maybe even the SEC, they would be 4-12 at best, maybe 3-13.

    They lost 9 games by an average of 3 touchdowns.

    And since I live in New York, when you say I should come up North to watch football in January, I guess you mean New England.

  90. realitypolice says: Jan 7, 2011 9:42 PM

    ninerfaithful says:
    Jan 7, 2011 5:04 PM
    We did it man!!! We got Harbaugh we’re back on the map!!!
    ===============

    What exactly did YOU do?

  91. cup1981 says: Jan 7, 2011 9:45 PM

    Harbaugh will be back coaching college within 5 years. Not that he is a bad coach, he is taking over a team in shambles. Look up mediocre in the dictionary and you will see a niners logo from 1998 through 2010. This team is going to require at least 6 – 8 years of rebuilding to get back to top-level football and the Niners will not give Harbaugh that much time.

    Harbaugh is a good coach taking over a bad situation that will lead to disaster…

  92. Deb says: Jan 7, 2011 9:57 PM

    @merchantprince …

    Sorry, doesn’t work that way. NFC West is up against the AFC North next season–so the Harbaugh brothers will face off. That should be entertaining.

    @realitypolice …

    It wasn’t so much a logical assessment as an impression. Didn’t follow Jim’s courtships too closely but PFT’s articles implied he was trying to find an alternative to the 49ers. Seeing now that he took a lower salary to coach in SanFran does make the 49ers seem to be his genuine preference. Always liked Harbaugh as a player, and his brother has done well with the Ravens. Agree with you that they have the talent to turn the corner if he lives up to expectations.

    Good response to 44boz. What is it with people who think you can only comment on your own team?

  93. ronaldmexico says: Jan 7, 2011 10:16 PM

    At least the Harbaugh drama is over now, and we’ll get to see him have to interact with Pete Carroll twice a year when they can ask each other “what’s your deal”. Harbaugh has as good a chance as any college coach to succeed, but by no means is a niner turnaround guaranteed, especially with no proven QB. Also, I don’t think that the overall niner roster is as talented as people think, and the players are getting a lot of cover because fans are blaming everything on Singletary.

  94. sonoco says: Jan 8, 2011 12:27 AM

    The Niner’s aren’t in a full re-building mode. Far from it. They’ve got three young first round picks on the o-line, Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. Add a QB and it will be instant offense . . . well maybe not instant. The defensive front seven is solid. The clearest need for a roster overhaul across the board is in the defensive backfield . . . if they can accomplish that they’ll be in business.

  95. fasteddy415 says: Jan 8, 2011 2:56 AM

    Vernon Davis and Delani Walker all smiles today. See how Harbaugh uses his TE at stanford? Fleener 6 Cathes 173 Yards 3 TD’s – visions of VD when watching the Orange Bowl.

  96. joetoronto says: Jan 8, 2011 6:28 AM

    Jed York saw a video of Harbaugh dancing with his arms over his head and he knew right there and then that Harbaugh was truly a 49er.

  97. edgy says: Jan 8, 2011 5:05 PM

    I don’t see why there’s so much angst about Harbaugh. He’s not some college coach who went from a college to the NFL without having an idea of what NFL players and game plans and strategies are like (and frankly, how many rookie coaches WITH NFL experience as coordinators flame out?). He’s been there and done that and he knows what NFL players respond to and he know how to put together a game plan and frankly, he’s shown that he knows how to put together a staff and THAT is THE most important quality of a head coach because if he has to lord over his staff because they can’t do their job then he’s putting in less energy in overseeing the team and more into compensating for a weak member.

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