49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is as competitive as anyone who has played or coached or even watched football. When he and his brother, John, were kids, the competitiveness manifested itself in the fact that Jim could throw a football over a large tree in their front yard, and John couldn’t.
But Jim has softened as an adult, at least when it comes to his brother. In a recent interview with CSNBayArea.com, Jim repeated a talking point from the conclusion of the 2010 Sports Illustrated profile of the Brothers Harbaugh.
“I’m probably half the coach he is,” Jim said of John at the time. “But I’m trying.”
This time around, Jim Harbaugh elaborated on that point.
“I don’t think there’s any coach coaching in the game today that really has the full grasp of offense, defense, and special teams like my brother has,” Jim Harbaugh told CSNBayArea.com.
The best news is the coach who seems to be afflicted with the same desire to excel that keeps men like Bill Belichick and Nick Saban from ever seeming to enjoy the journey realizes how unique and special it is that two brothers are coaching in the NFL — and for the second straight year in the league’s final four teams.
“Definitely, I’ve thought of that,” Jim Harbaugh said. “You know, we’ve both got great kids. We both have a great wife and a great job, and it’s a harder job to get than being a U.S. Senator, and proud that our family has two people that are doing it.”
The Harbaughs deserve to be celebrated for what they’ve accomplished, even if the in-game facial expressions and histrionics and periodic goofy sound bites like “gobble gobble turkey from jive-turkey gobblers” make it hard for neutral fans to embrace Jim the way they should.