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Jim Harbaugh’s actually quite the storyteller

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When in front of the media, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh presents a very narrow slice, perhaps only a sliver, of his actual personality.

But those who work with him say the sometimes-curt, rarely expansive coach can actually work the room with the best of them, when so motivated.

“Believe it or not, he’s a great storyteller to the team,” 49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst said of his boss, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “He loves telling stories, normally involving Jim Harbaugh as the main character. Guys always like story time.”

And yes, when Harbaugh begins telling tales, they generally revolve aorund the dashing young quarterback-turned-coach.

“Without a doubt,” Chryst said, laughing. “Every story has got a beginning, a middle and an end. The beginning of the story is that he is pristine. The middle is that he is somehow muddied, bloodied or sullied. And then the end he emerges victorious and climbing higher and higher up the ladder.”

When he talks to reporters, however, the only thing muddied, bloodied or sullied is the art of conversation.

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12 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh’s actually quite the storyteller”
  1. mgdsquiggy17 says: Jan 31, 2013 3:32 PM

    Wow what a profound post

  2. cosanostra71 says: Jan 31, 2013 3:32 PM

    I love Coach Harbaugh and I find him hilarious. I’m a Niners fan though.

  3. mjkelly77 says: Jan 31, 2013 3:34 PM

    “He loves telling stories, normally involving Jim Harbaugh as the main character …”
    ______________

    Well, what else would you expect? After all, he is pompous and self-centered.

  4. mjkelly77 says: Jan 31, 2013 3:36 PM

    “When he talks to reporters, however, the only thing muddied, bloodied or sullied is the art of conversation.”
    ______________________

    As a poinof reference, reporters don’t possess the room temperature IQs that many players possess.

  5. JackAcid says: Jan 31, 2013 4:19 PM

    Harbaugh is a strange bird, but very magnetic when he allows himself to be.

    Reality is, what we see is NOT what the team sees day in and day out.

  6. throw46 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:26 PM

    I’ve got a story for you about Jim Harbaugh.

    A Northern California High School QB calls the University of San Diego football team. Harbaugh answers the phone and they have a long conversation culminating in the student making an appointment with him for a personal one to one.

    The kid flies down and guess what? That’s right, Harbaugh blows him off and doesn’t show.

    That’s Jimmy for yeah.

  7. blitzinc43 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:46 PM

    A lot better than Mike “Can’t do it” Singletary

  8. fantasyfootballmaven0 says: Jan 31, 2013 4:51 PM

    He’s definitely a great motivator. I think he knows how to get the best out of every player and also keep them playing at a high level.

    It’ll be interesting to see where he stands after 5-10 years. Every coach has peaks and valleys. He no doubt will too

    I envision him having a similar impact on his team as Andy Reid did with his time with the Eagles. Potentially he could have more Super Bowl appearances and wins when it’s all said and done.

  9. thestillcity says: Jan 31, 2013 4:54 PM

    “I’ve got a story for you about Jim Harbaugh.

    A Northern California High School QB calls the University of San Diego football team. Harbaugh answers the phone and they have a long conversation culminating in the student making an appointment with him for a personal one to one.

    The kid flies down and guess what? That’s right, Harbaugh blows him off and doesn’t show.

    That’s Jimmy for yeah.”

    * * *

    Dude, he saw your game tape and felt sorry for you. Get over it.

  10. lionsdraftguy says: Jan 31, 2013 5:04 PM

    Jim Harbaugh is quite the whiny little baby.

  11. throw46 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:23 PM

    thestillcity says:

    “Dude, he saw your game tape and felt sorry for you. Get over it.”

    Your giving credit to Harbaugh, when in fact he never looked at the tape, much less couldn’t find it. The good news is that the kid’s a coach now and did get over it.

    Way to go.
    I was his coach.

  12. goldenperspective says: Jan 31, 2013 8:13 PM

    Apparently Harbs didn’t need your qb to build a winning program or two and propel himself to a top notch NFL coach. Your story is a common one and a part of life. Dust yourself off and try again.
    Since Harbaugh rarely gives elaborated detail of himself to the public, how are you so informed to know he is self centered?
    Detroit fans continue to bash Harbs, go figure…. sore losers

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