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Jim Harbaugh still throwing with QBs as part of evaluation

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For many coaches, pro day workouts are passive affairs, as they watch and take notes and measure and time college prospects.

But for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, the chance to get on the field and warm up with quarterbacks gives him a chance to find out more.

Per Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal (tune in later for my nuanced take on high-frequency trading), Harbaugh uses a game of catch to get a gauge on players.

You’re always sizing somebody up, . . .” Harbaugh said. “I’m not trying to look in their eyes,” Harbaugh said. “Just trying to see how they catch.”

“He saw me, introduced himself and said, ‘Wanna throw a little?'” Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said.

The former quarterback does it partly out of habit, but also to evaluate.

“We’ve never played catch. He’s not trying to gauge my competitiveness,” said 49ers owner Jed York. “He’s a quarterback and because of that, he wants to bring another element.”

For the hyper-competitive Harbaugh, gunning the ball back and forth with players is a tool, and one he’ll continue to use.


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12 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh still throwing with QBs as part of evaluation”
  1. dbfan4ever says: Apr 3, 2014 8:48 AM

    until he can’t cut it anymore. He seems like a guy who would throw too long and embarrass himself by not knowing that he can’t hack it anymore.

  2. smarterfootball says: Apr 3, 2014 9:04 AM

    Anything you can do. I think this is pretty cool.

  3. doubleogator says: Apr 3, 2014 9:11 AM

    Once an athlete always an athlete, even if it’s only in your mind….

  4. munsil42 says: Apr 3, 2014 9:20 AM

    Different approach never hurt.

  5. fdugrad says: Apr 3, 2014 10:30 AM

    This makes sense to me.

  6. thegrigga49 says: Apr 3, 2014 11:50 AM

    Jim rules. Extend this man!!

  7. bubba9er says: Apr 3, 2014 12:02 PM

    I think the 49ers are in good hands for now.

  8. ninerboi says: Apr 3, 2014 1:40 PM

    I love our coach

  9. Eternal Optimist says: Apr 3, 2014 1:46 PM

    It’s all about Jimbo

  10. djshnooks says: Apr 3, 2014 1:58 PM

    Just trying to see how QB’s catch?

    Seems normal.

  11. sprint16right87option says: Apr 3, 2014 1:58 PM

    During warmups before the 2011 playoff vs. NO, Harbaugh and Alex Smith were throwing deep fly routes down the left sideline. Looked like they were having a little competition, and they were both just nailing the throws. Really impressive throws by JH, and a pretty clever way to keep his QB loose before his first playoff game. One of the coolest things I’ve seen in a pregame.

  12. bigjayoakersonfan says: Apr 3, 2014 11:44 PM

    People think Harbaugh is a massive tool and those folks are certainly entitled to their opinions but this man is one tremendous coach.

    And I don’t care what anyone says, having your head coach be the first in line to warm guys up–or actually simulate live routes as one commenter pointed out–is simply sensational.

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