As the 49ers move closer to the end of the 2014 season, the sense that coach Jim Harbaugh will be leaving the franchise continues to linger.
Through it all, the organization hasn’t done much to push back against the perception that Harbaugh won’t be back for 2015. When the reports reached critical mass in early October, with some suggesting that the players wanted Jim to hit the road, Jack, owner Jed York offered up this via Twitter: “Jim is my coach. We are trying to win a [Super Bowl], not a personality or popularity contest. Any more questions?”
While the quest to win a Super Bowl this year continues, with a showdown against the Seahawks starting later tonight, there has been nothing more from the organization to rebut the notion that, as soon as the season ends, the process of separating will commence.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports has reported that Harbaugh will be gone regardless of whether the team wins the Super Bowl. Weeks later, that specific report hasn’t been rebutted or refuted by the team.
That’s caused some in the league to notice that Harbaugh hasn’t received the support he deserves in what apparently will be his final year. Eventually, the question will be Harbaugh’s next move — which is expected to entail staying in the Bay Area or, at a minimum, on the West Coast. It makes the Raiders (Oakland or L.A.) the most likely NFL landing spot for Harbaugh.