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If/when Harbaugh wants out, 49ers likely won’t stop him

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The onion that became an Onion-style headline on Friday has plenty of layers, both looking backward and looking forward.

As the 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh try to find a way to continue to thrive amid some degree of dysfunction, there’s one important point to keep in mind:  If Harbaugh ever decides he truly wants out, the 49ers won’t force him to stay.

We first developed a clear sense that the Niners wouldn’t compel Harbaugh to stick around after his name emerged as a candidate for the University of Texas job last season.  If Harbaugh had wanted to leave for Austin, the 49ers would have wished him well.

At the time, it didn’t appear that same mentality would apply to another NFL team.  However, if Harbaugh jumps to another NFL team, the 49ers can get compensation in the form of draft picks and/or money.

Sharing our belief that the 49ers wouldn’t keep Harbaugh from leaving if he wants to leave is Mike Silver of NFL.com, who is “convinced” that if Harbaugh had wanted to leave for Cleveland, the 49ers wouldn’t have blocked it.

As a result, things can get very interesting as 2014 unfolds.  Barring a long-term, big-money deal that binds the Niners and Harbaugh together beyond the next two season, other teams will inevitably call the 49ers after the season ends, if not sooner.

Whether it’s the Dolphins (whose owner made a push for Harbaugh several years ago) or the Jets or the Browns (again) or the Raiders (for whom Harbaugh could work without moving), owners with coaches who will be inching toward the hot seat in 2014 could be warming up to the idea of making a run at Harbaugh.

The ceiling/floor for compensation will be set by whatever the Browns were willing to send to the 49ers for Harbaugh.  For now, all we know is that Cleveland was ready to give multiple picks to the 49ers and that, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, a first-round selection was not involved.

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119 Responses to “If/when Harbaugh wants out, 49ers likely won’t stop him”
  1. dukeearl says: Feb 24, 2014 8:35 PM

    A first round pick would naturally be reserved for a trade of a coach that actually won a superbowl…
    ;o)

  2. camdenyard says: Feb 24, 2014 8:37 PM

    The Ravens got the right Harbaugh.

  3. veence69 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:37 PM

    If I were Jim Harbaugh, I’d be packing my things right now. What a classless show of disrespect.

  4. sdnative1904 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:38 PM

    You have to be dumber than dirt to let Harbaugh go.

  5. Coach John Harbaugh says: Feb 24, 2014 8:38 PM

    i’m a World Champion

  6. shackdelrio says: Feb 24, 2014 8:39 PM

    Coach Harbaugh, Jerry Jones on Line 2

  7. anonymous135 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:40 PM

    They should send him to Baltimore, they already gifted Boldin ;)

  8. pastabelly says: Feb 24, 2014 8:41 PM

    He can leave for no 49er compensation once his contract ends. He should wait them out and then cash in.

  9. mypercyhurts2 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:41 PM

    Why would anyone offer a first rounder? I’m thinking his 225-press is at about 5, his 40 time is awful, and lord knows his Wonderlic needs a lot of help.

  10. cards13 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:43 PM

    I don’t blame them, he will never win a Superbowl anyway

  11. jasfish12 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:43 PM

    Even his own team knows what everyone else in the NFL does, Harbaugh is a tool.

  12. nfl4days says: Feb 24, 2014 8:44 PM

    Only in the NFL can a coach make the superbowl and two NFC championship games in his first 3 years and have a questionable future.

  13. bartlettruss says: Feb 24, 2014 8:44 PM

    Lost in all this is the GM that picked that 49er roster while Singletary was coaching… Harbaugh is a good coach, but he inherited a good roster in SF and that won’t happen again…

  14. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Feb 24, 2014 8:44 PM

    Mark Davis needs to open up his check book. The Teflon Denny Allen amateur hour needs to come to an end……

  15. kaeprulestheworld says: Feb 24, 2014 8:45 PM

    I’m truly speechless.

  16. hor2012 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:45 PM

    I grew up as a Saints fan when they were still in the NFC west. When Jim Mora was the Saints coach we played the 49ers twice a year. Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lot, Fred Dean and this list goes on. Niner fans just so you’ll know, these ain’t the 9ers of old.

  17. coltzfan166 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:47 PM

    In three days, San Fran became a dysfunctional franchise

  18. thestatsishere says: Feb 24, 2014 8:49 PM

    That just stuns me… Let’s be honest guys. Some of us may hate Harbaugh and the 49ers, but the guy is worth a first-round pick. He’s worth at least two! The idea that Cleveland could get him for so much less is stunning.

  19. number1hawkfan says: Feb 24, 2014 8:50 PM

    Carroll>Harbaugh

  20. chawkup says: Feb 24, 2014 8:51 PM

    Seahawks 12-4
    Rams 11-5
    Cards 10-6
    49ers 7-9

    Don’t worry Niner fans, the NFCW will still have three playoff teams next year, one conference champion, and one Super Bowl Champion.

  21. 52lightsxout52 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:52 PM

    This is starting to remind me of the way Jimmy Johnson left Dallas, the acrimony between the coach and ownership will continue to build until the inevitable divorce…

  22. xpensivewinos says: Feb 24, 2014 8:53 PM

    Ross still couldn’t get him to Miami if his life depended on it.

  23. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 24, 2014 8:55 PM

    They have a limo idling 24 hours per day waiting to take Jim to the airport.

  24. chrisk61 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:56 PM

    harbaugh may be wise to jump sooner rather than later. niners may be in decline.

  25. spliff219 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:57 PM

    I agree. SF would be dumb to let him go anywhere. Do you remember how things were there before he got there. i would be locking him up for many years to come

  26. dangeruss3 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:58 PM

    Who’s got it better than us???????

    Apparently the Seahawks do.

  27. dawsonleery says: Feb 24, 2014 8:59 PM

    Its pretty clear Jim Harbaugh will be on his way out after the upcoming season. Back to those 5-11 seasons for San Fran.

  28. officialgame says: Feb 24, 2014 9:01 PM

    This situation will hurt SF big time going forward. Not good.

  29. natepalmer1 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:03 PM

    I could see him leaving: Pete Carroll has managed to do what he can’t do: win a Super Bowl…Good riddance, and don’t let the doorknob hit you in the a… on your way out…

  30. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:05 PM

    Mark Davis fire Reggie Mckenzie/Dennis Allen and call Jed York to Bring Jim Harbaugh back home.

  31. raiderssf says: Feb 24, 2014 9:07 PM

    As a Raider fan, I was really hoping this trade would go through. All the tears generated from the Harbaugh worshippers here in the Bay Area would put an end to our current drought in California.

  32. nicofthenorthstar says: Feb 24, 2014 9:07 PM

    Never been a fan of blowhard Harbaugh, but he has done a heck of a job in his time in SF. If he leaves, odds are there would be plenty of regret to go around within a year or two. Coaches who can produce similar results are hardly a dime a dozen.

  33. pftisfulloftrolls says: Feb 24, 2014 9:10 PM

    SF is spoiled. The guy takes you to three consecutive 11-win seasons, 2 division titles, 3 NFCCG’s, SB XLVII, and is a poor throw by Kaepernick from SB XLVIII and you wouldn’t put up a fight to get rid of him? You know Tampa Bay, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Houston, Miami, Washington, Buffalo, and Jacksonville would KILL to have someone with that resume.

  34. bgm9876 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:10 PM

    49ers should stop him….

  35. bewaredware says: Feb 24, 2014 9:13 PM

    This whole thing is weird

  36. thefiesty1 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:16 PM

    No one in their right mind wants to go to Cleveland even if the coach doesn’t get along with the owner or GM. Put up with the ’49 ers management and smile all the way to the bank.

  37. seatownballers says: Feb 24, 2014 9:17 PM

    What the Hell happened?
    Power struggle?
    Argument?
    Finger pointing after season?

  38. meatcarroll says: Feb 24, 2014 9:19 PM

    Jim Harbaugh is a fraud. He took a loaded roster that Nolan/Singletary heavily underachieved with and made them respectable, nothing more. Of the 49ers league leading 8 (EIGHT!) Pro Bowlers, exactly 0 were acquired by Harbaugh.

  39. thraiderskin says: Feb 24, 2014 9:20 PM

    I don’t care for Harbaugh, as a person, but I think he could bring my Raiders back to relevance as a coach.

  40. meatcarroll says: Feb 24, 2014 9:21 PM

    Pete Carroll devised a gameplan that dominated the best offense of all time and one of the greatest QBs of all time having a record shattering season.

    Jim Harbaugh…let an average QB like Joe Flacco win Super Bowl MVP and is directly responsible for him signing that obscene 120.6 million dollar contract.

  41. browns627 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:21 PM

    there’s a ford pick up and a 12pk of lone star in the 9ers parking lot with texas plates ready to drive harbaigh home.

  42. fdugrad says: Feb 24, 2014 9:27 PM

    Won’t STOP him!! Folks will be able to hear the champagne corks from Niner’s front office popping all over Northern CA. It’s really a troubling thing when uniquely talented people can’t get out of their own way due to personalities that render them unable to work cooperatively and maturely with others. He reminds me of baseball’s Billy Martin, a fixer-upper who would zoom in, attain great results, however behaved crazily and wore out the entire organization, as well as his welcome within four years. I don’t think Harbaugh is quite as far gone as Billy, as Martin was also an alcoholic, but there are similarities behaviorally as well as career-arch-wise. He must be COMPLETELY impossible to work with for SF to allow such a fine coach go so easily.

  43. anonymous135 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:32 PM

    You know, if he had stuck with Alex Smith as a game managing qb (I think he threw for 400+ passing yrds, 50+ rushing yards, 4 td’s.. zero int’s – his last game or something… nothing great, didn’t win :S)…

    He might be breaking records for coaching contracts as a 2x SB champion right now… instead of chuck away Charlie Kp.

    Oh wait, he plays the Seahawks 3x a year…

  44. humpofdc says: Feb 24, 2014 9:35 PM

    The Niners should trade that bum for a toaster! Oooooverrrraaaateeeed!!!

  45. frankyvito says: Feb 24, 2014 9:35 PM

    Should they keep him, yes. IF he wants to stay. But also, shouldn’t he also be putting the effort to stay? Where’s he gonna go that’s as good or better? All those places have coaches. They’re both being equally stubborn/stupid.

  46. jrsandiego says: Feb 24, 2014 9:35 PM

    1st – Tampa gave up a 1st round pick for Gruden and he didn’t have a SB ring yet.

    All the stories of Harbaugh’s history have said he is difficult to get along with – but a winner. But sometimes it is just too hard on the organization to try to keep 1 guy happy – some guys can never be made happy.

    So the best thing an organization can do is keep it real clear that no 1 person is indispensable. If someone is unhappy, they are free to leave. The organization will move on.

    Either that person realizes they have a good thing and they get along better with others OR they leave. It is their choice.

    The ball is in Harbaugh’s court – be a team player like you preach, or take your ball and play elsewhere like a child.

    Don’t get me wrong – it is a huge risk to lose him, not many that talented and so able to win in this league. But you also can’t have 1 person causing so much stress in the organization that it becomes dysfunctional – then everyone loses pretty soon.

    Don’t forget – Eddie D and Bill Walsh almost parted ways after every season it seemed. Both guys were pretty head-strong. It wasn’t a marriage full of candles and cuddles – but they made it work and won!

  47. nflinsider711 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:36 PM

    I don’t understand this get rid of Jim Harbaugh stuff. Whoever is behind it should be the one the 49ers get rid of.

  48. taosravenfan says: Feb 24, 2014 9:36 PM

    This is not really a surprise. Anyone who knew Jim Harbaugh as a player knew that he was not particularly well liked because of his personality. His team put up with him, because he had a little bit of “it.” But frankly the guy is a d-bag.

    His brother John got all the class and Jim got the athletic ability.

    He won’t go to the Browns as long as John coaches the Ravens. Bank on that one.

    But for anyone who knew him as a player or just watches him on the field will understand why he wears himself thin and quickly.

    He would be much better in college where he can run everything the way he wants and basically has no one to answer to as long as he wins.

  49. thevikesarebest says: Feb 24, 2014 9:37 PM

    Yea and he can join the Vikes next season as a assistant to mike zimmer.VIKINGS=FUTURE OF THE NFL.SKOL

  50. whatevnfl says: Feb 24, 2014 9:40 PM

    Harbaugh became disgruntled with the front office when they named the new stadium after jeans instead of khakis.

  51. doggeatdogg says: Feb 24, 2014 9:42 PM

    He has taken the 49ers far but wants promise land money. The fact that the team will not give him that and is not afraid to lose him shows that they don’t
    believe they can get past Seattle during Harbaugh’s tenure.

    Since the team is so willing to let him walk, then he should do just that at the end of his contract with no compensation picks for the 49ers.

    Why reward a team so willing to dump you.

  52. FinFan68 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:42 PM

    He has accrued a heck of a resume in the last 3 years. Everybody seems focused on that and how several teams would love to have him. The flip side is despite that resume SF seems willing to get rid of him by any means short of actually firing him. What does that say about Harbaugh or 49ers management. Somebody in that mix is a world-class idiot or tool.

  53. pantherpro says: Feb 24, 2014 9:43 PM

    Hey Raider fan

    Harbaugh would not come to your dump if yo paid him 10 mil. Doesn’t want that trash element

  54. bert1913 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:44 PM

    quest for 6, will become a quest for 1 head coach lol

  55. aceakking says: Feb 24, 2014 9:45 PM

    Why does Harbaugh have to be such a lunatic? He is a proof that you first have to be a good human being to be successful, and not a psycho lunatic that go jive turkey jive gobble gobble gobble….

  56. fdugrad says: Feb 24, 2014 9:47 PM

    Say, this just popped into my mind…do any of you folks think JH has ALREADY finished his last game as head coach of SF? It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this occurred, nor would it shock me to learn the front office already has his replacement on the coaching staff at this very minute. What do you think?

  57. themagicalrighttestical says: Feb 24, 2014 9:48 PM

    If I were a 49ers fan I would be praying to whatever god you worship that this impass can be hammered out and hugged out. Love him or hate him for his over the top emotions, the bottom line is that this man drug you from mediocrity to relevance. That is a feat that only 5-10 men on this PLANET are capable of doing.

  58. despenc925 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:49 PM

    haters gonna hate!

  59. alskdh says: Feb 24, 2014 10:03 PM

    I mean really what a chump. Only getting a last place team to 3 straight NFC championship games as well as a superbowl.
    End of the line. Haha

  60. sportsnut101 says: Feb 24, 2014 10:05 PM

    The 49ers would be right back to losing.

    He changed the way he made Alex smith play better

    I understand not wanting to pay him 10 mill

    He’s making 5 now. And has made so much money for them plus helped u get the new stadium look better by having 3 straight great seasons
    If u not happy where u work then force a trade or honor ur contract then leave two yrs left.

    Oakland would snap him up in a heart beat. They have a good def. and their off would need fix. They remind me of 49ers before Jim got to 49ers

  61. Robert says: Feb 24, 2014 10:07 PM

    AFC North bound, Jim vs John twice a year.

  62. nofaceangler718 says: Feb 24, 2014 10:09 PM

    Dude is a D head and a pompous A…that being said, I would push Rex to the airport in a wheelbarrrow and carry Harbie from JFK to metlife on my back.

  63. meatcarroll says: Feb 24, 2014 10:10 PM

    Anyone who thinks this is the same as Jerry Jones running Jimmy Johnson out of town is an idiot. Johnson constructed the nucleus of a MULTIPLE Super Bowl winner. Jim Harbaugh inherited an excellent, underachieving team loaded with talent and depth, and has failed to win the Super Bowl in 3 straight seasons where he’s been outcoached in their final game.

  64. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 24, 2014 10:12 PM

    As a Rams fan I couldn’t be happier. I also am looking forward to the ‘Hawks upcoming cap issues, but I have a feeling the Seahawks front office and Carroll will keep chugging along. The truth is the 49ers recent drafts have been less than impressive and once Harbaugh leaves, they’ll fall apart. He’s just crazy enough for the players to love him, and just crazy enough for executives to despise him.

  65. hawksforever says: Feb 24, 2014 10:17 PM

    LOL!! This is too funny! I lover it very much!!

  66. Frazier28/7 says: Feb 24, 2014 10:18 PM

    After going through Denny Green, Mike Tice, Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier I’d have to say you’ve gotta be incredibly stupid to think you can do better than Jim Harbaugh.

    Remember when the 9ers were the laughing stock of the league for the better part of a decade? Do you really want to go back to that in a brand new stadium???

  67. suckramento91six says: Feb 24, 2014 10:27 PM

    He’ll probably whine and complain to the refs too

  68. ketch20too says: Feb 24, 2014 10:28 PM

    He inherited a STACKED roster that underachieved under two horrible coaches. He deserves credit for getting them to play to their potential. Any other place he goes to will likely not have anywhere near the talent he inherited.(Detroit–maybe)

  69. seattlesue427 says: Feb 24, 2014 10:32 PM

    I don’t care what he’s accomplished or how he’s done it, he’s just plain toxic and the 49er’s would be smart to get rid of him. If you put just about ANY other coach in charge of the line-up he inherited, they’d have done a whole lot more than get close to the Lombardi. As a Seahawks fan, I hope they keep him for life.

  70. rainponcho87 says: Feb 24, 2014 10:52 PM

    You know what, I bet this whole thing blows over and he gets a new deal. He is just an intense guy, so he is intense about everything, including negotiating a new contract. That is just his style. He doesn’t do anything halfway. He’s throwing a stink about his new contract and so the 49ers are saying if you have a better offer, then go ahead and take it. Fact is they are both better off with eachother.

    This reminds me of being in a relationship with a dramatic person. Stuff gets said and done that make you think it is the end, then it all blows over until the next crisis.

    Any team that hires Jim Harbaugh is going to have to expect that. He is an intense guy and he’s volatile. That is not changing no matter what you pay him.

  71. provguard says: Feb 24, 2014 10:54 PM

    What would the niner’s do with another draft choice. Draft another Jenkins???? Maybe the problem is the GM….

  72. billsfan1 says: Feb 24, 2014 10:59 PM

    Yet, marvin lewis has a job for life

  73. billsfan1 says: Feb 24, 2014 11:01 PM

    I don’t care what he’s accomplished or how he’s done it, he’s just plain toxic and the 49er’s would be smart to get rid of him. If you put just about ANY other coach in charge of the line-up he inherited, they’d have done a whole lot more than get close to the Lombardi. As a Seahawks fan, I hope they keep him for life

    That is a lot of talk for a team that has had about 3 good seasons in its history.

  74. cfballfan1 says: Feb 24, 2014 11:11 PM

    This is the harsh reality of pro football: all but the very best – players or coaches – are all replaceable.

    Unfair? Yes, but true.

  75. romosrevenge says: Feb 24, 2014 11:12 PM

    What’s behind the family spat? I’m thinking it’s
    Kap, Harbaugh’s choice to start not Madam
    Frisco’s, ne’e DeBartolo ( sister to the ex-con Eddie, previous owner). If true, S.F. has in effect Jerry Jones’ sister as an owner not Eddie’s. If true, this inevitable divorce between HC and owner is strikingly similar ( just not quite as stupid) as Jimmy J and Dallas last century. A SB appearance, two division titles, multiple playoff games and she wants him gone. Jerry must feel vindicated after all these years. “I told you I wasn’t crazy”.

  76. axespray says: Feb 24, 2014 11:26 PM

    Does he come with an ultra healthy team that never has any major injuries?

    Does he come with All Pro Linebackers/D-line and O-line?

    Cause if not, I’d pass on him.

  77. travelingwillies says: Feb 24, 2014 11:31 PM

    Its amazing arrogance from an organization whose last to hires were Mile Nolan and Mike Singeltary.

  78. jayquintana says: Feb 24, 2014 11:43 PM

    Tomorrow’s Headline Today: Greg Roman Named 49ers Head Coach

  79. dinofrank60 says: Feb 24, 2014 11:43 PM

    I know that Harbaugh seems to be a royal pain, but now you see the 49ers’ true colors. They think they are geniuses.

    That stadium has gotten to the FO’s heads.

  80. robgilman says: Feb 24, 2014 11:52 PM

    Harbaugh gets the Raiders their fourth ring in 2016, hoisting the trophy in Santa Clara’s new stadium

  81. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 25, 2014 12:15 AM

    I think it’s fair to argue that it could be a good business decision to pay a team a low round draft pick in exchange for taking the last year of Harbaugh liability off of their hands. Obviously York doesn’t see Harbaugh as overpaid so the price of multiple picks perhaps was just not enough for whatever level he does value Harbaugh at. To me though any combination of multiple picks would clearly have been well past the breakeven point of it making sense to trade him, any material at all is just a bonus while freeing up the opportunity to figure out what the long term HC situation is going to be which is something they have to deal with anyhow. And to pay the level of money that Harbaugh is expecting just doesn’t compute as an option, and even more so now knowing that the cost also includes a verifiable opportunity cost of multiple picks that York knows about. Sounds like York chickened out from a heck of a great deal that was on the table.

  82. mkos4513 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:37 AM

    SF is dysfunctional, but I certainly wouldn’t find MIA, CLE, NYJ, or OAK appealing options either.

  83. seaeagle707 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:40 AM

    The SF FO should ask themselves one question, and until they come up with a realistic answer, proceed no further. They should ask (themselves), “Who could we get at Head Coach who has done for this team, what Jim Harbaugh has done?”

    Don’t tell me about him not having gotten any of the current players. With many of those selfsame current players, the Niners stunk before Harbaugh came to Candlestick.

    I’m a loooong time Hawks fan who remembers life before Harbaugh. The NFCW has become the dominant division in the league. Niners-Hawks are the best games all year.

    Obviously, I don’t want to see Coach Harbaugh leave the Divisional Family.

  84. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 25, 2014 12:52 AM

    Sure Baalke gave him good talent but ask the Bucs what a good team on paper is with out a good coach. Is he really that bad behind the curtains they are willing to let him leave despite the fact he has been to three nfccg and narrowly has missed making it to the SB every year in his FIRST THREE YEARS AS AN NFL COACH. Let him leave let’s see who needs who more.

  85. r8dernation says: Feb 25, 2014 1:15 AM

    If he goes anywhere, it’s Oakland. After his contract expires that is. Hey Captain Comeback, it’s time to come back to Oakland!

  86. reborninchrist7 says: Feb 25, 2014 1:30 AM

    Get David Shaw on the line ASAP!

  87. globe871 says: Feb 25, 2014 1:31 AM

    49ers would be fools to let Harbaugh walk. Love him or hate him, he’s a proven winner. If I had to choose, Id send Balke on his way. The 2012 draft was a joke. The 2013 draft was just average. His only claim to fame was 2011. You have to give a coach the players he wants, not the players you want him to have. Id easily give Harbaugh 7 mil+ a year to stick around. Balke is a mediocre talent evaluator at best, AJ Jenkins ??? Get outta here with that.

  88. lightofkolob says: Feb 25, 2014 2:07 AM

    They need to pay Jim. They were terrible without him with much of the same talent. Have they forgotten the mike Nolan and Dennis Ericson years

  89. cri33 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:29 AM

    camdenyard..the Raven’s got the right Harbaugh? yeah sure…they won the SB, gave Flacco a big new contract, asked Boldin to take a pay cut, and then didn’t even make the playoffs last year. Great coach and GM.

  90. cri33 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:33 AM

    I think this is much ado about nothing. I don’t see him going to coach college football again. But if some NFL team is willing to pony up a lot more money than SF does now…well that is another matter. I can see it now…a brand new (expensive) stadium and the team drops to a .500 team under a new head coach. I wonder if fans will pack the stands then.

  91. cri33 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:45 AM

    I am waiting for Baalke and the owner to let him go and then try explaining to the fans why the team spent over a billion $$ on their new stadium but can’t seem to get past .500 let alone make the playoffs. Should make for entertaining reading.

  92. nflasia says: Feb 25, 2014 5:13 AM

    I wonder why non of his players have yet to come out with a statement regarding the report. Is it possible even the players have been alienated.

  93. campcouch says: Feb 25, 2014 5:48 AM

    Ego vs ego.

  94. campcouch says: Feb 25, 2014 5:57 AM

    No idea what Harbaugh does that people find distasteful. He raves like any other coach on the sideline except stoned Peacenik Pete. He’s a Midwest boy,he loves football,nothing wrong with that. Might be a west coast thing where everyone should be laid back. I’m sure the Browns would’ve made him the highest paid coach in the L. San Fran might want to hold on to the guy,the players seem to enjoy him and play hard for him. Hiring a new coach may backfire on you.bBesides,the dude wears Dockers,apparently he’s not getting enough to cover his uniform expenses lol

  95. xinellum says: Feb 25, 2014 6:35 AM

    Just a matter of time. Does it happen during the season, before or after. That’s really the only question. If the dysfunction starts showing in the win-loss column it could be much sooner than later. Hard to fire a winning coach and if Harbaugh truly wanted out he already had multiple chances. Looks like it is up to Baalke. He could bring back Mike Singletary, that worked out real well for them didn’t it.

  96. reef999 says: Feb 25, 2014 7:17 AM

    I am not a Jim Harbaugh fan but I have seen a few post that mention he is a fraud because he inherited his players from a team put together by the previous coaching staff. If those same guys were not winning before him but are now coming off 3 NFC Championship games and 1 Super Bowl; that would seem to me like a sign of a good coach. I would consider his brother more of a fraud as he showed last season he cant win without certain players(Lewis, Reed,Boldin) leading the team.

  97. hodag54501 says: Feb 25, 2014 7:21 AM

    See what being a quarterback for the Chicago Bears does to you?

  98. WACANHFL says: Feb 25, 2014 8:36 AM

    So when Kap threw on that Miami hat last year-who knew it came out of Harbaugh’s office…

  99. bigjim50010 says: Feb 25, 2014 9:01 AM

    america hates success. This guy needs to bail now. Nothing like seeing your job being shopped by your company. of course I am sure it is better to stay, get fired and collect the hefty severance.

    I would like to see him go to a perennial loser…miami, oakland, minneapolis and make them into a world beater.

  100. chargrz says: Feb 25, 2014 9:11 AM

    The Niners are gonna have a tough time winning it all w/o a true QB.

  101. steelerfanjo says: Feb 25, 2014 9:17 AM

    Aldon Smith might be nervous if his protector leaves.

  102. bencoates57 says: Feb 25, 2014 9:52 AM

    I think I speak for all of us 49er fans when I say we should bring back Mike Singletary. There was a lot more unity here between management and coaching.

  103. corvusrex96 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:00 AM

    He is under contract for TWO more years on a 5 year deal. This whole situation is being forced by Jim to get a new contract ahead of time. If Jim thinks he needs a new deal why not give Kaepernick a new deal early ? Hypocrite

  104. seatownballers says: Feb 25, 2014 10:07 AM

    This is why Boldin is holding out.
    Fyi
    Pete Carroll is gonna get the biggest extension ever makin Harbuagh more upset

  105. realitycheckbaby says: Feb 25, 2014 10:12 AM

    This guy will be out of the league inside of 10 yrs. He’ll jump from SF. Piss off another organization after about 3 or 4. He’ll sit and “change” then piss off the last organization.

    And each stop will be with a worse team so his coaching creds will drop with his rep.

  106. xavierd3 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:29 AM

    The horrible Browns trying to save face by saying they put effort to get Harbaugh. ( Haslam”can we look at your assistant coaches? Oh by the way we will give you some draft picks for Harbaugh!” Jed York”What are you nuts!?”

    Now the media is jumping on this because there is nothing else to talk about…sure Harbaugh and Baalke might not be best friends, but I highly doubt he is going anywhere let alone the Browns or Dolphins lol.

    Time to pay the man the NFL is making Billions and everyone wants a piece of the pie! It doesn’t count against the cap so who cares.

  107. neej49er says: Feb 25, 2014 10:36 AM

    Both Jim and Trent need to knock it off and get on the same page

  108. ydousuk says: Feb 25, 2014 11:07 AM

    Bleatcher Report is saying that it was Harbaugh that brought the subject up when Cleveland contacted him about his assistant coaches…….

  109. SparkyGump says: Feb 25, 2014 11:43 AM

    Getting rid of Harbaugh would be he dumbest move ever made by any sports franchise. Exactly who are you going to replace him with?

  110. stoptrippn says: Feb 25, 2014 12:37 PM

    Baalke is the problem. He’s overmatched in his job. players do not like him. He’s a yes man.

  111. tipstopten says: Feb 25, 2014 1:45 PM

    His ego is poison to the organization. Good coach
    but it is not about him. It is about the team.
    He did well at USD and Stanford, if he wants all
    that money let him buy the team. He will never
    be a team player his ego is just too much.

  112. jslim986 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:20 PM

    Bahahahaha go hawks.

  113. mpzz says: Feb 25, 2014 5:41 PM

    The fact that they’re so sick of his drama-queen azz and childish temper-tantrums that they’re willing to let him go, despite all the success on the field, says a lot more about Harbaugh than it does about the 49ers.

  114. uplate5301 says: Feb 25, 2014 8:00 PM

    York fired Mariucchi just as the Niners were getting competitive again after years in the doldrums, and hired Dennis Erickson….. sending the Niners back into the doldrums for a decade.

    So now the Yorks are getting fed up with Harbaugh. It seems they just can’t tolerate success….. maybe because successful coaches aren’t willing to roll over and play dead.

    Gee…..I wonder if Dennis Erickson would be willing to come back out of retirement and try to improve on his 9-23 Niner record?

  115. kaperchoke says: Feb 25, 2014 9:44 PM

    Roman, Mangini and Baalke will be fired after this season when the 49ers don’t get to the SB and not even get to the NFCC. Harb might squeeze out a SB in 2015 but he would have to get rid of Roman first. Too bad he doesn’t have the guts to do so like John Harb, whom fired his OC mid season and win the SB 2 seasons ago.

  116. adderal says: Feb 25, 2014 9:57 PM

    Does this really surprise anyone? He is not the type to stay the same place for 10 years and he does where on his boss’s. He’s already coming into year 4 and I never thought he’d stay past 6. The disfunction is fine while your winning. How many times did Eddie D fire Walsh? About every other day. Its an incredibly successful and volatile union that is not meant to last. And theres about 28 other teams that would take this run Harbaugh has put them on full well knowing it would end as they all do.

  117. sayly75 says: Feb 26, 2014 6:21 AM

    HAHA LOL. Whiners sux.

  118. moseszd says: Feb 26, 2014 10:08 AM

    I’m not so sure that Harbaugh is the be-all, end-all of coaches. The roster was loaded with talent and just needed any kind of non-moron coach to make it succeed.

  119. mac2def says: Mar 3, 2014 11:19 AM

    here we go again. The York’s have done this before..but I have faith in Jed York..a businessman to pay for the new stadium they will keep harbaugh!no one wants to sit in a new stadium and watch losing football games played by the 9ers..again!!we just got over a thousand years slump!!after the building this beautiful roster we have and let Jim go would be a fatal flaw in the Niners franchise we will be the new Raiders and the Cleveland Browns of the NFL.riddle me this aren’t we hosting the Super Bowl.the idea is to have our team in it..must keep Harbaugh to do so.

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