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Jim Harbaugh says 49ers never pursued Peyton Manning

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Those with longish memories might recall that there was a period back in March when the 49ers were part of the hunt for Peyton Manning’s services.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh threw with Manning, the 49ers also reportedly gave him a physical and Peyton Manning told Peter King that telling Harbaugh he wasn’t coming to San Francisco was difficult.

“I wish I hadn’t gotten so close to [Titans coach Mike Munchak],” Manning said. “That was a tough call. Same with Jim Harbaugh.”

The 49ers held off on negotiating a new deal with Alex Smith until after Manning chose to sign with the Broncos, something else that led people to think the 49ers were interested in signing Manning. Smith ended up re-signing and didn’t seem too put out by the time spent with Manning, leaving the whole thing as nothing more than a short chapter in an entertaining offseason.

Unless none of it actually happened at all. Harbaugh, unprompted by a question, said Wednesday that the team never pursued Manning at all.

“Oh one other thing: There’s a perception out there and it’s an erroneous perception that we were flirting with Peyton Manning,” Harbaugh said, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. “I keep hearing it over and over. It’s silly and it’s untrue. It’s phony. Even the perception that we were pursuing. We were evaluating. I’ve said all along that Alex Smith has been our quarterback. There’s no scenario, other than Alex choosing to sign with another team, that we would consider him not as our quarterback.”

Harbaugh went even further to make the team’s commitment to Smith as clear as possible. He said the team’s “evaluation” of Manning was designed with the intentionof having both Manning and Smith on the team next year.

“Were we out there seeing and evaluating if we could have them both? Heck yeah. We evaluate and eliminate the possibility. For further evidence, we would not have given any player out there in free agency a sixth of our salary cap, and let six or seven of our own guys go. Hopefully that sets the record straight. I don’t want you to keep reporting the silliness and phoniness.”

We’re not really sure why this would be coming up at this point. You can use any word you want — pursue, evaluate, observe, court — but there was definitely interest – a word Harbaugh used on Wednesday — in bringing Manning to San Francisco. Denying it at this point just seems silly, especially when you throw in the stuff about keeping both quarterbacks while simultaneously worrying about your cap space.

 

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  1. mjkelly77 says: May 30, 2012 6:48 PM

    We all know Hairbow is a liar. He threw his QB under the bus and chapped his lips kissing manning’s butt all over the country. What a girly weasel Hairbow is.

  2. iced107 says: May 30, 2012 6:48 PM

    Yea right.

    And Alex Smith actually was the reason for the niners winning games.

  3. gsiggins says: May 30, 2012 6:48 PM

    Hell of a 2 weeks for the Niners’ PR department.

    Both this and the Alex/Cam idiocy are stupid “controversies” that didn’t even have to happen.

  4. Soulman45 says: May 30, 2012 6:50 PM

    If he say so I guess he is right but I can have my doubts.

  5. dirtybird70 says: May 30, 2012 6:50 PM

    Sure you didn’t, Jimmy.

    And I could understand trying to work around a sensitive situation with your current QB…. if his name wasn’t Alex Smith. Dude should just be happy to have a starting job. He makes Trent Dilfer look like he had something to do with Baltimores Superbowl run.

  6. rickyspanish says: May 30, 2012 6:51 PM

    Peyton broke your heart Harbaugh, don’t start lying to make yourself look like you weren’t interested. It’s pathetic.

  7. ahmiller21 says: May 30, 2012 6:53 PM

    Nobody faulted Harbaugh or the Niners at all for pursuing Manning, so why come out and look like an ass clown by outright lying and contradicting yourself??

  8. nyg88 says: May 30, 2012 6:53 PM

    More like Peyton wasn’t a pushover like Smith and wanted an actual say in the offense so Harbaugh bailed out.

  9. jaggedmark says: May 30, 2012 6:53 PM

    Really strange how the 49ers let Alex Smith flirt with Miami, and made him wait for a contract, until right after Peyton had a deal with Denver.

    Stop lying, Harbaugh

  10. saintsfan26 says: May 30, 2012 6:55 PM

    Jim harbaugh also said Michael Crabtree has the best hands he has ever seen.

  11. thedefinitiveman says: May 30, 2012 6:57 PM

    Incidentally Harbaugh’s favourite books are ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘1984’…

  12. xxwhodatxx says: May 30, 2012 6:57 PM

    Yea cause they have sooo much confidence in Alex Smith.

  13. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 30, 2012 6:59 PM

    Worst damage control statement in recent memory.

  14. thegreatgabbert says: May 30, 2012 6:59 PM

    Of course the 49ers didn’t pursue Manning this spring. After Alex Smith led them to that overtime victory in the NFC Championship game and then to the Superbowl win why would you want to replace him? Harbaugh isn’t that delusional.

  15. nyjad says: May 30, 2012 7:00 PM

    Sure thing jimmy. I’m sure you and schwarz were just discussing your next tee time at the end of the game last year too.

  16. explosionsauce says: May 30, 2012 7:03 PM

    Huge 49er fan. Big supporter of the coach, but this is dumb.

  17. ilovefoolsball says: May 30, 2012 7:05 PM

    Wow what a mess!

  18. patsfiend says: May 30, 2012 7:06 PM

    These are not the droids you are looking for…

  19. thorobredinc says: May 30, 2012 7:11 PM

    he ‘s tellin the truth.alex had a contract on the table and he didnt sign it, at any time alex could of signed the contract. they would of still looked at manning either way but when the price tag got so high they couldnt compete with the broncos..9ers would of never paid him that much with the risk of losing some core players

  20. rushbacker says: May 30, 2012 7:14 PM

    Good Lord, that’s just embarrassing. That’s such a pitiful, baldfaced lie even Jim’s mama is ashamed of him for sayin’ it. Grow up, Jim! You can’t get away with “the dog ate my homework” anymore. . .

  21. butch815 says: May 30, 2012 7:14 PM

    This is why Jim Harbaugh is a successful NFL Head Coach and you’re not.

  22. nobby821 says: May 30, 2012 7:16 PM

    Yeah and the Dolphins were the first choice to be on Hard Knocks…

  23. tjacks7 says: May 30, 2012 7:17 PM

    He didn’t want to play for the 9ers. Why you mad bro?

  24. bchapman2011 says: May 30, 2012 7:19 PM

    I guess Harbaugh must have really wanted to play catch with Manning. Maybe Jimmy was just scouting for his friends in Denver when he flew to Indy to toss the ball around with Peyton.

  25. CKL says: May 30, 2012 7:20 PM

    Dang, even Bobby Petrino thinks that’s an outrageous lie.

  26. raiderman81 says: May 30, 2012 7:22 PM

    Harbaugh’s brash attitude and big ego is only acceptable because the 49ers are winning. What if they were not.? Everyone would be all over him for being arrogant .. I mean come on … what coach invites a WR in for a try out and throws the passes to them personally? WOW!!! What an arrogant person who needs a lesson in humility.

  27. sweetnlow44 says: May 30, 2012 7:22 PM

    She didn’t dump me. I dumped her!

  28. lolb23 says: May 30, 2012 7:22 PM

    Schwartz wouldn’t have had to chase Harbaugh down if Harbaugh wasn’t running from him like a punk. Just sayin’

  29. thedownwardspiral says: May 30, 2012 7:23 PM

    The more this coach opens his mouth, the more conceited he sounds.

    You should be insulted that he thinks you’re stupid enough to actually believe b.s. just because it comes out of his mouth.

  30. seahulk9 says: May 30, 2012 7:27 PM

    that is laughable harbaugh. you are not very smooth when ot comes to damage control and we all know youre full of it….even niner fans know youre full of crap..but then again I’ve been reading a lot the past week or so about how GREAT a qb alex smith is (by the way please coax alex smiths ego at webelieveinalexsmith facebook page) we all know smith is to harbaugh what tebow was to elway and co. I feel so foolish that i believed all those reports for weeks and weeks…especially the one where peyton said he didnt want to lead san fran on any longer..wow lots of reporters were spreading nasty nasty lies but thanks for being honest about the whole situation harbaugh.

  31. rickrock6661982 says: May 30, 2012 7:33 PM

    The Harbaugh Family is the new Ryan Family

    And we all know how many championships the Ryan Family has won..

  32. brutus9448 says: May 30, 2012 7:33 PM

    evaluating or pursuing. I’d say they are the same thing

  33. alldonesmith says: May 30, 2012 7:34 PM

    It’s hilarious to watch 49er haters grasp at straws to come up with negative things to say about the team and coaching staff. “Hairbow”? LMAO, give me a break. Your jealousy is thinly veiled.

    As for this article, I have to agree with other 9er fans here. I love Harbaugh and this team will win a Lombardi with him, but what a stupid statement. Come on, Jim. You’re not fooling anyone… not even Alex Smith.

  34. prmpft says: May 30, 2012 7:34 PM

    LIAR! trying to stroke their loser qb now.

  35. mistakenny says: May 30, 2012 7:39 PM

    Alex smith beat the saints . And as a team won 13 other games

  36. seahawk77 says: May 30, 2012 7:41 PM

    The way this guy treats opposing coaches and media is repulsive! Hated him as a QB really HATE him as the 9ers coach….that team was loaded!!! Everyone expected them to produce a few seasons ago. Picture Bill Callahan (Jets line coach/Nebraska destroyer) and that Raider team that went to the SuperBowl…See my point=Harbaugh is a *ouche

  37. thefreaksfg says: May 30, 2012 7:42 PM

    Jim Harbaugh knows what he’s doing. His players will love it.

    Everyone has comments to make about how Harbaugh is egotistic, or arrogant, or too brash, but the guy just loves winning more than anyone can understand.

    People say his personality would be deadly to a team if not for the winning, yet his best coach-player relationship came with one of the most humble, selfless QB’s to ever be as good as Andrew Luck was.

    Instead of judging from the outside like the media does (the local media hates Harbaugh), look at it from the players’ perspective, and what effect it has on the team. Maybe they’re winning due in part to his personality? Just a thought. I’m sure a bunch of college players at Stanford couldn’t stand him. Several of them just turned into first round picks in spite of Harbaugh.

  38. chazzmon says: May 30, 2012 7:54 PM

    Are Jim’s pants actually on fire???

  39. deathtoromo says: May 30, 2012 7:56 PM

    Wow. Between Jim and John, these guys are just clowns.

  40. ademell1 says: May 30, 2012 7:57 PM

    LIAR LIAR pants on fire.

    The reality is in SF that they have two QB’s that are better than Alex Smith. You throw Josh Johnson in as the starter with Harbaugh…he’d make more plays than Smith. I’d bet Kapernick would make more plays.

    That whole organization really doesn’t want Alex Smith leading their team but they’re kinda stuck. Since Smith had a ‘good year’ they can’t exactly shove him aside (but they tried by signing Manning LOL ).

    I’d be absolutely shocked if Colin Kapernick isn’t their starter in 2013. That dude is gonna beast after learning the ropes from the bench like Rodgers did.

    I got nothing against Smith, but he doesn’t have ability like Johnson and Kaepernick. You put Jason Campbell in SF’s system he would’ve had better numbers than Smith! Who in their right mind would’ve taken Alex Smith over Jason Campbell going into last season as their Qb?

    Just think about that.

  41. southpaw79 says: May 30, 2012 8:05 PM

    Coaches are like politicians, look at what they do, not what they say. With that said, what this coach did was take a sub average team and got them to an over time loss away from the superbowl. What J Schwartz did was take a pathetic franchise and turn them into contenders. What Ryan did was take a average Jets team and turn them into a legitimate threat for the last few years. They may all come off as ass-hats, but they are turning these franchises around. Oh, and I do not remember many people talking up Coughlin’s or Belichick’s winning personality.

  42. pftcensorsarechickenshat says: May 30, 2012 8:05 PM

    Okay fact 1. Harbaugh is lying…. FACT 2. Alex Smith had a contract offer 2 weeks BEFORE they met with Manning and he didn’t sign it. They didn’t wait to negotiate the negotiating had been done. Now the interest could’ve been designed to pressure Smith or it could’ve been real. It wasn’t Baalke’s style to do a contract like that for one player though so it really is hard to say what the true motives were.

  43. LoCoSu@%s says: May 30, 2012 8:07 PM

    Enjoying all the negative comments. The best part is none of it matters to what happens on the field.

    For the bitter folks – please save yourselves an ulcer.

  44. pftcensorsarechickenshat says: May 30, 2012 8:08 PM

    ademell1 says: May 30, 2012 7:57 PM

    LIAR LIAR pants on fire.

    The reality is in SF that they have two QB’s that are better than Alex Smith. You throw Josh Johnson in as the starter with Harbaugh…he’d make more plays than Smith. I’d bet Kapernick would make more plays.

    That whole organization really doesn’t want Alex Smith leading their team but they’re kinda stuck. Since Smith had a ‘good year’ they can’t exactly shove him aside (but they tried by signing Manning LOL ).

    I’d be absolutely shocked if Colin Kapernick isn’t their starter in 2013. That dude is gonna beast after learning the ropes from the bench like Rodgers did.

    I got nothing against Smith, but he doesn’t have ability like Johnson and Kaepernick. You put Jason Campbell in SF’s system he would’ve had better numbers than Smith! Who in their right mind would’ve taken Alex Smith over Jason Campbell going into last season as their Qb?

    Just think about that.

    __________________________________

    1. Campbell is garbage.
    2. Kaepernick couldn’t even complete 60% of his passes in the worst conference in football.

    You may be right about Johnson though lol

  45. pftcensorsarechickenshat says: May 30, 2012 8:13 PM

    raiderman81 says: May 30, 2012 7:22 PM

    Harbaugh’s brash attitude and big ego is only acceptable because the 49ers are winning. What if they were not.? Everyone would be all over him for being arrogant .. I mean come on … what coach invites a WR in for a try out and throws the passes to them personally? WOW!!! What an arrogant person who needs a lesson in humility.

    _________________________________________

    LOL LOL LOL leave it to a raider fan to be short on facts. At the time of the workout nobody on the roster was allowed to throw to Moss per that thing called the CBA…

  46. mikeinsanfran says: May 30, 2012 8:14 PM

    The 49ers have been on record (Both Jed and Trent ) that Alex’s offer was on the table BEFORE and during the free agency period. He could have signed it at anytime before, during, and after the Peyton Chase. So your article above is wrong to state they waiting until Manning chose the Broncos to negotiate with Alex. Here is the quote: “We have had a contract on the table, and it’s up to him,” 49ers CEO Jed York told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. “We’d like for him (Alex Smith) to be here, and we’ll see where it goes.”

  47. jaguar187 says: May 30, 2012 8:16 PM

    I’m a huge niner fan, but this is dumb.

    However, I’d bet given the chance, 70% or more of NFL teams would drop their head coach for Harbaugh in a heartbeat.

  48. miguel3557 says: May 30, 2012 8:23 PM

    Sometimes I think Harbaugh is looney. This is so pointless; does he really think Smith still needs to be coddled or praised in order to win? I don’t agree with ademell1 that Kaepernick or Johnson are as good as Smith right now. Most of Smith’s problems except for inaccurate throwing over the years have been the result of an offensive line that sucked, gave up sacks like a sieve, and the fact that they had poor coaches on offense. Smith’s first two head coaches Nolan and Singletary, were defensive coaches, and Singletary was probably one of the worst head coaches of all time.

    I remember watching in horror how Chilo Raschal got beat time after time, always holding his hands on his hips as Smith was sacked. I watched tackle Anthony Davis wave his long arms at speed rushers without ever getting his body in front of them. He started getting better during the course of last year. The 49ers got better in large part because they got a beast at left guard with Mike Iupati, who’s worth his weight in gold. I think they drafted well to gain further depth on the O-line; I just hope they have a right guard when the dust settles that plays as good as Adam Snyder’s played last year.

    I think Smith will be better this season than last–I think his footwork and accuracy will improve. He’ll lead the 49ers to at least 12 wins this season, perhaps 13 again, and the Niners will be far more dangerous in the playoffs with much better receivers, much more speed on offense, and much better depth throughout the club, which will help when the injuries occur. I think their defense and improved offense means they’re a serious contender this year.

    I just wish Harbaugh would park his attempts at being clever and all-knowing. This mumbo jumbo about evaluating Peyton Manning, a half-of fame quarterback-in-waiting, one of the most accurate throwers who’s ever played football, and having two quarterbacks with $20 mil paid to Payton to ride the pine and letting go 5-6 plays to avoid salary cap problems, is off-the-wall, patently absurd.

  49. bru308 says: May 30, 2012 8:37 PM

    I know some of you guys don’t read every football story out there, so consider these 3 points, then reread Harbaugh’s comments:

    1. Alex Smith had a contract offer on the table a long time before Manning became available (but didn’t sign it).

    2. Manning and Smith are represented by the same agent.

    3. Peyton’s camp called the 49ers to express interest initially, not the other way around.

    … Jim’s statement makes a lot more sense now, doesn’t it? Don’t believe everything you read in the media, sometimes they’re just guessing too.

  50. giantsfan2104 says: May 30, 2012 8:43 PM

    A Jim Harbaugh Mind Trick.

    Didn’t he say not too long ago that Crabtree had the best hands he’s ever seen?

  51. rraider says: May 30, 2012 8:45 PM

    Anyone who is pointing to the fact that Alex Smith had a contract on the table is missing the point. It wasnt a contract Smith liked. It wasnt a contract that said”your my QB for the next 4 years”. It was a good contract for the niners and a smart move. Then they took the rest of Smith’s manhood away and flirted with Manning. So basically the niners got their own starting QB back for below average money….when Smith wanted to be paid like a 13-3 QB.

    I appauled the niners for paying smith what he is worth while trying to upgrade….but does Harbaugh really need to blow this smoke now?

  52. discosucs2005 says: May 30, 2012 8:45 PM

    There are probably less than 5 teams that wouldn’t trade their coach for Harbaugh so I think it’s fair to assume, whatever Harbaugh says, that 49er fans are pretty satisfied with their coach, and the clever comments of a dozen Seahawks fans aren’t going to change our minds.

  53. rdly49ers says: May 30, 2012 8:54 PM

    Go Niners that’s all I gotta say ….

  54. raiderrob21 says: May 30, 2012 8:56 PM

    Mr Harbaugh, you should have stayed with the Raiders! Now that you went to the limp wristed side of the Bay, you have been losing your credibility FAST! The infamous slap on Swartz back, Saying Alex Smith is a QB, Craptree has the best hands, NOW…Never pursued Manning????? Youve lost it Jimmy. Youve really lost it!

    RAIDER NATION!!!

  55. trollaikman8 says: May 30, 2012 8:58 PM

    Harbaugh is not a smart guy. This has been well documented.

  56. curtainclosed says: May 30, 2012 8:59 PM

    Both Hairballs are flaked out… whiner biatchs….

  57. raiderapologist says: May 30, 2012 9:06 PM

    “Oh one other thing: The next thing out of my mouth is going to be a lie.”

  58. achamarro1 says: May 30, 2012 9:20 PM

    What do you exoect from a coach who interviewed for miami while they still had a coach. But with that said and tbis obvious b.s. i dont mind his demeanor as a “players” coach. And he is a a$$ hat. He acts all cool but he needs to remembee he is a coach not a player anymore. Oh and one more thing…………Go Leo’s

  59. hatesycophants says: May 30, 2012 9:23 PM

    Not that there was ever any doubt, but here is further proof that Harbaugh is a liar and a douche.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  60. rcali says: May 30, 2012 9:26 PM

    I heard Manning thought Harbaugh’s goodbye handshake and back pat was too rough.

  61. sosuhme says: May 30, 2012 9:29 PM

    Maybe it’s just me, but immature frat boys really rub me the wrong way once they reach their forties.

  62. leo133074 says: May 30, 2012 9:35 PM

    Next hes gonna tell us theres no santa claus

  63. 49erlifer says: May 30, 2012 9:52 PM

    None of this will matter when the season starts. Yes it is BS but as long as you win games who cares.

  64. ronaldmexico says: May 30, 2012 9:56 PM

    George Costanza could not pull off a lie of this magnitude.

    Harbaugh better hope the defense stays healthy, Randy Moss plays like he did in 07 and they get a huge turnover margin like they did in 2011, otherwise he may get some heat from Niner fans now expecting another great season.

  65. maxinquaye7 says: May 30, 2012 9:56 PM

    >Seahawks fans
    >clever

    pick one

  66. motownlion says: May 30, 2012 9:56 PM

    As a life long Michigan fan, all I can say is how sad it is to see Jim Harbaugh acting the fool.

    He couldn’t dissapoint me more lately. He cried like a child in Chicago, acted like a spoiled brat in Indy, and now lies about his Peyton courtship.

    I only wish Schwartz would have got a hold of this prima-donna that day and straightened him out.

    Bo Schembechler would be ashamed,

  67. Stiller43 says: May 30, 2012 9:59 PM

    I would actually have respect for the guy if he told the truth. What a tool

  68. 1phd says: May 30, 2012 10:12 PM

    This puts it his comments in perspective, but in the end they were probably uncalled for and served no purpose other than to rile up the haters.
    http://bit.ly/LHwBzV

  69. eaglessuperfan says: May 30, 2012 10:31 PM

    Cue up the Pinocchio video right about……. now!

  70. sonoco says: May 30, 2012 10:33 PM

    bru308 says: May 30, 2012 8:37 PM

    I know some of you guys don’t read every football story out there, so consider these 3 points, then reread Harbaugh’s comments:

    1. Alex Smith had a contract offer on the table a long time before Manning became available (but didn’t sign it).

    2. Manning and Smith are represented by the same agent.

    3. Peyton’s camp called the 49ers to express interest initially, not the other way around.

    … Jim’s statement makes a lot more sense now, doesn’t it? Don’t believe everything you read in the media, sometimes they’re just guessing too.

    *******************************************

    100% correct! As much as people don’t want to believe it, Manning approached the 49ers . . . probably a big reason the whole thing was kept secret for four days after the 49ers watched him work out.

  71. funkylovemonkey says: May 30, 2012 10:59 PM

    I don’t know what Harbaugh was trying to say… I’m not sure that Harbaugh knew what he wanted to say. Whatever, I don’t care, as long as he keeps on winning I really don’t care.

    The 49ers and Smith relationship is always going to be a little strained. Smith has his replacement sitting on the bench and he knows it. The 49ers didn’t want a long term deal but Smith did. The 49ers are waiting for Kaepernick to be ready and Smith knows that his value outside the 49ers isn’t very high. From what I’ve seen from the early work outs and “football school,” Keapernick still has to work on his accuracy and may be too reliant on his athleticism (running when he should wait and throw). Alex Smith does look better after this off-season focusing mostly on his mechanics; he’s throwing with his body more whereas before he tried to throw with his arm and had a strange follow through. His footwork has also improved, softening around the knees. All those things can help improve accuracy and throwing power, but you always have to be worried about a QB making those changes so late in his career; there’s a very strong tendency to forget those changes once you get knocked around a little bit and start to feel pressure. It’s astounding these issues weren’t dealt with earlier in his career, like say his first off season. But Smith had a lot of coaches who had no clue when it came to the passing game.

    Because of that I think that Smith will always be seen as damaged goods around the NFL, even if he improves on his performance from last year, so he really doesn’t have anywhere else to go. But from the 49er’s front office perspective, they’re just counting down the seasons until Kaepernick is ready to start taking snaps under center.

  72. vikingsfanintexas says: May 30, 2012 11:23 PM

    Sounds like something a certain president would have said…

    “I wasn’t pursuing her for sex. I was just evaluating whether she would know what she was doing should I decide to pursue her”

  73. seahulk9 says: May 30, 2012 11:25 PM

    yeah…no thats not exactly how i think things went down. are you harbaughs assistant or something wit such insider info???? you must have been the one at niners hq that took the call from peytons agent….or you just believe whatever crap harbaugh spews out.. the multiple reports stated they were the ones who contacted peyton! report upon report… like they were like were never gonna be able to resign alex smith…i guess we’ll just have to sign peyton for 19million a year.
    oh wait alex says he wants to stay with us….ahhh thank god call peyton back and tell him thanks for callin us but..we have the guy we really want.
    yeah i bet thats how it went down

  74. seahulk9 says: May 30, 2012 11:29 PM

    youre funny buddy

  75. djflav303 says: May 30, 2012 11:32 PM

    And I thought Rex was coddling Sanchez.

  76. goldrush36 says: May 30, 2012 11:42 PM

    Silly lions fans think Schwartz would’ve actually stood any chance. You got a better chance of making Suh the poster child for world peace

  77. bamboozle99 says: May 31, 2012 12:01 AM

    Why would the 49ers want to look elsewhere? They’ve got the best game manger in the league.

  78. zackattack006 says: May 31, 2012 12:07 AM

    Right! And there are 5 quarters in a game.
    There are moments where it’s best to stay quiet.

  79. braceyourselffor12 says: May 31, 2012 12:52 AM

    First off , mjkelly You and only YOU think hairbow is either clever or insulting. You’re still bitter the Niners beat your team and or that we beat the team that beat you in the playoffs.

    Then there are the Raider fans who want to seem relevant by insulting the better team across the Bay. They talk smack about Alex when their QB is the interception machine Palmer.

    And then there’s the Seahawks fans. Which I can’t insult any further other then saying your team is the Seahawks.

    Yeah Harbaugh put his foot in his mouth but the majority of teams would trade for him as head coach in a heartbeat.

  80. bossplayer213 says: May 31, 2012 1:35 AM

    H’s lying about not “pursuing” Manning, but he’s not lying about his intentions of keeping Alex and bringing in Manning. Alex has already confirmed he was coming back regardless and would have loved to “compete” for the job. Even went as far to say as “who says I wouldn’t have came back and been the back up?” LOL. That’s just the type of guy he is I guess.

  81. ksm31311 says: May 31, 2012 3:39 AM

    Jim, Jim, Jim; that is just sad…

  82. pencilmonkeymagic says: May 31, 2012 4:03 AM

    Jim Harbaugh’s ego has left the planet.

  83. electionconfidential says: May 31, 2012 4:18 AM

    Like telling your wife you were just “evaluating” another woman… not flirting…

  84. joetoronto says: May 31, 2012 5:43 AM

    joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 30, 2012 6:59 PM

    Worst damage control statement in recent memory.
    *************************************************
    It really is and there was no need for it at all.

  85. defscottyb says: May 31, 2012 6:30 AM

    Damage control. He didn’t want to come there so now they gotta make Alex Smith feel good about himself like “you were our guy all along” …BS.

  86. seahulk9 says: May 31, 2012 6:40 AM

    game manager…..i always dreamed of growing up and makin it big as a star game manager. i wish i was the best damn game manager of all time.. .

  87. seahulk9 says: May 31, 2012 6:42 AM

    i bet if given 8 years to develop ryan leaf could have been one hell of a game manager. believe inryanleaf.com

  88. seahulk9 says: May 31, 2012 6:43 AM

    i bet if given 8 years to develop ryan leaf could have been one hell of a game manager. believe inryanleaf.

  89. xxbomberxx says: May 31, 2012 6:49 AM

    Okay Alex?

  90. worldwidebleater says: May 31, 2012 7:01 AM

    It depends on what your definition of “is” is.

  91. wenellniners says: May 31, 2012 8:02 AM

    i’m noticing something about josh alper, he doesn’t research his stories before he writes them:

    “The 49ers held off on negotiating a new deal with Alex Smith until after Manning chose to sign with the Broncos, something else that led people to think the 49ers were interested in signing Manning.”

    WRONG. alex had a contract in hand weeks before the peyton manning saga started. he chose not to sign it due to some language issues in the contract.

    to make matters worse, peyton manning and alex smith are represented by the same agent. it’s not a stretch to assume that either peyton manning or tom condon initiated the meeting due to the impasse with smith.

    real niner fans in the bay area and around the world know that harbaugh made it perfectly clear that he wanted alex smith back.

    alex going to miami had more to do with posturing as a free agent more than anything else.

    i’m not sure where all the hatred comes from towards harbaugh but you can’t ignore the truth that by alex not signing the deal he had in hand, he forced the team to look at all options.

    if peyton was looking for the deal he got in denver (clearly he wanted the same money he had before), there was no way that the niners were going to accommodate him. that would mean cutting 7 players some of whom were pro bowl or all pro players. not gonna happen…

    do your research before you write.

  92. mavzncowboyz87 says: May 31, 2012 8:36 AM

    0-16 Coming up for the 49ers

  93. 49erstim says: May 31, 2012 10:14 AM

    @seahulk…..you are one of the most moronic and bitter fans I’ve ever had the displeasure of hearing from. It is kinda funny. You guys “stole” Charlie Whitehurst away from SD to be your QB of the future….you pulled in Tavaris Jackson to be your bridge QB. You dogged Matty Hass out the door as a washed up has been. How’d those 3 decisions work out bro? At least with Hasselback you were in division contention. So before you start talking about “game managers” stop for just a minute and realize that one would be an upgrade for the gulls.

    Is there seriously a Raider fan above talking about another coach or franchise being arrogant?! For the love of everything holy! Your franchise built their entire reputation on arrogance! Al Davis had swagger before it became a trend. It turned on him in later years for sure, but you had to admire the gusto. Also didn’t your team just fire the worlds most arrogant human being? Hue Jackson went from Head Coach to wanting to be dictator of the franchise! I laugh at the absurdity of your mindless comment!

    As for Coach Harbaugh…. Its all semantics and in the phrasing because he could say that pursuing PM would’ve meant extending a contract offer which as far as we all know never happened. Word play? For sure. I said then what I say now. The gamble wasn’t worth it.

    Another funny thing is that fans beyotch about Belichick’s demeanor with the media and the same fans beyotch about Harbaugh and Rex. They can either be bland or themselves. Please pick one…and then realize that your opinion doesn’t really matter. :-)

  94. sixjak says: May 31, 2012 11:14 AM

    I love Harbaugh but this is goofy. Just needed to not even go here.

  95. seahulk9 says: May 31, 2012 1:34 PM

    dear 49er tim,
    good to hear from you today. i have been very clear that i believe t jack is terrible. in my heart of hearts i believe matt flynn is a better and far more accurate qb than draft bust alex..but that would not be saying much. believeinalexsmith

  96. seahulk9 says: May 31, 2012 1:42 PM

    p.s. 49ertim
    its not nice to call people morons…..but your harsh words convinced me that alex smith is an awesome qb with tremendous upside. believeinalexsmith

  97. jkaflagg says: May 31, 2012 5:55 PM

    Harbaugh’s accomplishments as a coach are beyond dispute, but…..you sort of get the impression that he’s become very full of himself, as his overreaction to this minor bit of speculation implies……At least we’ll know that even with the Raiders toning down their act in the post-Al Davis era, we’ll still have some drama coming out of the Bay Area……

  98. 49erstim says: May 31, 2012 7:24 PM

    Great news Seahulk! Sorry that I had to take such drastic measures, but glad they worked! I was worried about you… :-)

    Seriously though… Good luck with Flynn. Love that rivalry with the Gulls.

  99. axespray says: May 31, 2012 9:36 PM

    I like to pretend the Star Wars prequels never happened…. or that Eli Manning took up a different hobby and the giants came nowhere near Lambeau Field during the playoffs.

  100. 49erstim says: Jun 1, 2012 7:22 AM

    Thats awesome axespray…. I like to pretend sometimes that Dennis Erickson through Mike Singletary never happened and it was some WWF style shenanigans or that the Red and Gold got punk’d by Ashton, but alas it shall never be. :-)

    All I can say about this PM thing is “where is the proof?!” :-p

  101. peachyc39 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:47 PM

    mavzncowboyz87 says:
    May 31, 2012 8:36 AM
    0-16 Coming up for the 49ers

    ———————————————-

    Oh wow really now? I think you should worry about what your record is going to be this year instead of all up in ours. Didn’t your owner JJ make a statement that your window is closing on winning?

  102. mwindle1973 says: Jun 2, 2012 9:51 PM

    I’m not sure I seen a comment address this…Manning said he turned Harbaugh down. Remember? He said it was one of the toughest parts of the whole thing. So whose lying? Harbaugh or Manning? I find it odd he’s waited 2 months to claim that Peyton is a liar! All you 49ers fans who think Singletary was terrible and Harbaugh saved your franchise…you just wait a season or 2 more. He just took Singletaries cake out of the oven and iced it. THat’s all last season was. Harbaugh is too self centered to be a great coach. Whoever put him in the group with Rex Ryan, Jim Schwartz are exactly right. These are guys who can’t control theirselves who think they can somehow control a locker room. I don’t want any of the 3 coaching my team!

  103. randallflagg52 says: Jun 2, 2012 10:37 PM

    Looks like the Ravens got the right Harbaugh. Not that I needed assurance, this just proves it.

  104. 49erstim says: Jun 3, 2012 1:44 PM

    @randallflagg… You’re probably right. You need the kind of coach that (for example) has the kicker ready for the biggest kick of the year. ;-)

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