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.