Jim Harbaugh: I don’t worry about the future

AP

Last Thursday’s loss to the Seahawks makes for a difficult road to the playoffs for the 49ers and led to further criticism of the team’s many offensive coaches.

Coach Jim Harbaugh met the media on Monday for the first time since that loss and declared his “unwavering support” for all of the team’s coaches and players, including offensive coordinator and play caller Greg Roman. The loss also increased speculation that Harbaugh is coming to the end of the line with the 49ers, with Sunday bringing a report that the Raiders and Jets may be preparing to inquire about trading for Harbaugh at the end of this season.

Harbaugh was asked about his future with the organization on Monday, but said that he was only concerned with the present.

“I’m not going to speculate,” Harbaugh said, via CSNBayArea.com. “It’s our job to move on without excuse, without apology and get it right, make it right. That’s our intention. I don’t worry about my future. I don’t participate in any of that speculation. I think I have recessive gene in worrying about my own future.”

Harbaugh’s future is almost certainly going to include a head coaching job somewhere since he’s won with the 49ers and has a contract that runs through the 2015 season. Whether there’s any chance of that future being with the 49ers will likely depend on the next four weeks and Harbaugh’s unwavering support for an offense that has flopped of late could turn out to be one more reason to suspect that it will come somewhere else.

61 responses to “Jim Harbaugh: I don’t worry about the future

  1. Where are your sources about him leaving? You, Glazer and everyone with their “sources”. Where are they? Just like Schefter said, “Harbaugh might stay. Yet he might not.” What kind of stuff is that?! Face it, Harbaugh is staying with the Niners. Deal with it.

  2. I just can’t see the view of trading first round pick for Harbaugh. After all, Oakland needs draft picks.

  3. Falcons could use him. Raiders could bruise him. And the Jets would abuse him. Go to Atlanta and leverage Matt Ryan, Julio Junes, and an owner willing to spend big with the new stadium opening in ’17.

  4. A team trading for him would have to get a reasonably team-friendly contract extension to justify the draft pick giveaway. There would be no incentive for Harbaugh to go along with that arrangement. If he doesn’t sign an extension with the 49ers they will have to get rid of him without compensation, allowing Harbaugh to go where he chooses with a contract he likes.

  5. He’ll be a Raider and all the bandwagon Santa Clara fans who hid in the sewers during the Erickson, Nolan, and Sing years can go back to being Raider fans again.

  6. Niners fans are happy with ZERO championships with Harbaugh. I guess the jets or raiders would like to have ZERO championships as well. I think Kaperchoke owes everyone an apology. They’re all losing their jobs because he’s terrible. Yet he makes millions for more of those awesome douchey haircuts with a swirl shaved in.

  7. “Jim Harbaugh: I don’t worry about the future”

    Tomorrow is the future, the next game is in the future.

    The playoffs are in the future. Just not in the 49ers future.

  8. It’s easy to not worry about the future when you’ve made $20M in the last 3 years and there are at least 3 multi-million dollar/year jobs waiting for you to become available.

  9. 3 straight championship games. 1 super bowl appearance. Someone show me a coach in the NFL who can duplicate that. If he goes, so do our hopes of a 6th title for at least another decade.

  10. Consider the teams who have no problems throwing draft picks especially first round draft picks in the garbage.

    Washington or Oakland.

    Assuming a first round draft pick or even 2 are on the table nobody has more to offer and gamble than the Oakland Raiders.

    The writing has been on the wall for a long time. Harbaugh wants to be in Northern Cali, but he doesn’t necessarily want to be there with the 49’ers.

    Mission accomplished. Vacancy already there in Oakland. Chances are Dennis Allen was fired when he was because of a deal already crafted for the next coach.

  11. I doubt the 49ers will just fire him and while the Jets may like to trade for him, I bet Harbaugh has a clause in his contract that gives him veto power over any trades, so the Jets are out (no way he wants that situation). Now, the Raiders I can see, if the 49ers are willing to take a 2nd round pick for him. The Raiders may have a bounty of picks to trade, if they get the #1 pick in the draft.

  12. The niners have ZERO leverage here. They want him gone and ideally would like to get out from under his salary next year too. So Firing him is not an option. Next option is to do a trade..gets them a draft pick and releases them from his salary next year…if I’m a team trying to trade..I offer a 3rd rounder, and absorb his salary for next year..everybody is happy then. If the niners don’t wanna wheel and deal, then I walk and let them fire him..get no pick..and pay his dead salary next year. Niners are screwed on this one.

  13. Why not trade 1st picks? Of all these teams with first picks…have any of them done anything with them?

    you have a man who can change the culture of an organization and with it…. the amount of wins. Wins more games than RGIII with and never touches the ball. That is worth a high pick IMO

  14. 49ers record before Harbaugh: 26-38
    49ers record with Harbaugh: 43-16

    With the recent throw-you-under-the-bus behavior of the CEO and the GM’s drunken daughter, who in their right mind would want to come here and coach for the York family and Trent Baalke?

    What a mess

  15. Raider Nation Stand Up! We Birthed Harbaugh’s coaching career. Time to come home….

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    Yes. Harbaugh will be the Raiders next coach. And super models want to date you, too.

  16. The owner hates Harbs , tried to trade him to Cleveland and Harbs hates the owner. You think it might have had something to do with the way the season has gone? I would much rather have Jim but we are stuck with Jeddie and there is no way they coexist. Now choose your coach wisely Jeddie because we ran your dad out of town and you might be next.

  17. The greatness of the Raiders is in it’s future….led by Jim Harbaugh.

    2014 Raiders. No surrender, no retreat. Raider nation for life in victory or defeat.

  18. The only guys leaving the Niners for the next season is Roman and his 12 assistants. The main issue lies with the OC. Balke assembled a pretty good team on paper but the coaching has been doubtful. As a Niner fan, I am still not sold on Kapernick.

  19. He doesn’t worry cause he knows other teams will jump at the chance to snag him like everyone did during the whole Peyton Manning free agency frenzy, if the 49ers are foolish enough to let him go.

  20. chargerdillon says: Dec 1, 2014 5:15 PM

    Consider the teams who have no problems throwing draft picks especially first round draft picks in the garbage.

    Washington or Oakland.
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    Oakland has only had two first round picks since they hired their joke of a GM. One looks like a keeper, and the other one is talented, but injury prone. And after watching that sh** show they put on the field yesterday, it’s plain that they need more-many more-draft picks. They can’t afford to give up any for a coach.

  21. I just wish that unless you are in that building (49ers) everyday, that you quit listening to all the bs and rumors and quit speculating about someone’s future. You won’t hear any of these clowns come out and say they were wrong on speculating when/if Harbaugh does sign an extension. Jed York (Eddie DeBartolo), is not dumb. He/they know exactly where we were before, without Harbaugh,and with all that same talent.

  22. panthrobro says: Dec 1, 2014 5:08 PM

    He’ll be a Raider and all the bandwagon Santa Clara fans who hid in the sewers during the Erickson, Nolan, and Sing years can go back to being Raider fans again.

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    Every Niner home game has been sold out for over 3 decades, thanks for trying. The irony though, a 201th man accusing someone else of being bandwagon.

  23. The Raiders will almost certainly end up with Harbaugh. I bet they do it without having to give up any pics. Harbaugh will most likely convince the 49ers to fire him so the team he coaches (The Raiders) will still have their high draft picks in tact and he could use those with the 70 million in cap space to build a competitive team. Harbaugh and his family want to stay in the bay area what a perfect opportunity with a great organization he will have to build upon. Plus he gets away from the sad whiners of Santa Clara. It’s a win-win for both.

  24. So if he has a doesn’t care about his future gene and he really doesn’t care about his future, wouldn’t that be a dominant gene?

  25. Ok SF, what retread NFL coach, untested assistant or college coach do you have in mind? Be careful what you wish for! You have a down year due to injuries and a regressing, young QB. Get your OL back in shape, a WR (Dez) and a stud RB. Your window will reopen.

  26. As long as Harbaugh hangs onto Kraperpick as his #1 QB, he’ll win NOTHING. Krap is regressing at an alarming rate. He’s clearly not an NFL-caliber passer, and if they revert to running the read option as their primary attack, with no real passing threat, defenses will shut that down in a big hurry. Best for Jimmy to move along to the highest bidder. I still say he returns to Oakland, where he makes them a better team than the regressing Niners in 1 year, maybe 2 MAX, and is able to give young Jed the middle finger from across the bay. Get your popcorn ready, this will be fun to watch.

  27. That’s the problem with Jimmy.

    He can only stay around a short time because his antics wear thin.

    Oh well SC, maybe in 10 or 20 years you may win something.

    LOL

  28. Im a harbaugh fan! ive seen this ownership do the most stupid decisions for years! Its over for harbaugh in 49er land…..Ballke and jed opens up on social media to talk crap about the team he owns and put together….. Get ready 49er fans its coming…..harbaugh is not changing roman and said hes not going to give a apogee for the loss!!!!
    heloooooooo did u get that!!!! back to being a bunch of losers again…..Harbaugh says stick it! to the jed and ballke and his spoiled daughter…
    And now there saying were going to promote our D linman coach……U cant make this crap up!!!!lol
    I got a good feeling jed is going to be sending more tweets out to appogize

  29. gbrim says:
    Dec 1, 2014 5:07 PM
    A team trading for him would have to get a reasonably team-friendly contract extension to justify the draft pick giveaway. There would be no incentive for Harbaugh to go along with that arrangement. If he doesn’t sign an extension with the 49ers they will have to get rid of him without compensation, allowing Harbaugh to go where he chooses with a contract he likes.

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    Ummmmm…. what?

    A financial obligation has absolutely nothing to do with draft pick compensation. The two have absolutely no relation. There are probably 30 teams in the NFL that would trade multiple picks and offer the largest extension in the history of the NFL if Kraft made the Hoodie available.

    Now… where I will agree with you… is I don’t know why anyone would give up a 1st round pick for a guy whose act wore thin at Stanford (butting heads with the AD) and now has done the same in Santa Clara. Giving up something as valuable as a 1 should be done for something you see as the long term solution to a problem and I don’t think anyone outside of Daniel Snyder could be foolish enough to think that Harbaugh has proven he can coexist with others for an extended period of time.

  30. jrpineda49er says:
    Dec 1, 2014 5:10 PM

    3 straight championship games. 1 super bowl appearance. Someone show me a coach in the NFL who can duplicate that. If he goes, so do our hopes of a 6th title for at least another decade.

    John Harbaugh…

  31. jrpineda49er says:
    Dec 1, 2014 5:10 PM

    3 straight championship games. 1 super bowl appearance. Someone show me a coach in the NFL who can duplicate that. If he goes, so do our hopes of a 6th title for at least another decade
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    Duplicate being bridesmaids?

    Harbaugh has never won anything… Ever.

  32. At this point, he’d have a better record with Smith at QB as opposed to Kaepernick.
    His biggest mistake has been going all in with a very limited QB.
    The guy has almost no upside at this point. He’ll be a perennial camp arm soon.

  33. In the NFL, he’s just another good coach (even if he fixed the Charlie Foxtrot that is the Oakland Raiders).

    In Ann Arbor, if he wins, he’s royalty!

    Hail to the Victors!!!

  34. Niner Fan: “3 straight championship games. 1 super bowl appearance. Someone show me a coach in the NFL who can duplicate that.”

    A: Pete Carroll and his Lombardi, that’s who.

  35. York really hung him out with that tweet and set up that press conference. He should be embarrassed as this seemed to be the worse way to handle this situation. Personally I was overseas before there last Super Bowl and came back after they were the laughing stock of the league. This area is not the midwest, when our teams suck there is likely two other teams in contention in the bay and they get the attention. When the 49ers are good they are even above the giants around here. Why York would wanna go back to being an afterthought is bordering on moronic.

  36. Why York would wanna go back to being an afterthought is bordering on moronic…

    Because if anyone is going to play the part of Napoleon, it’s going to be the owner, not some upstart HC.

  37. Because if anyone is going to play the part of Napoleon, it’s going to be the owner, not some upstart HC.

    This is true and he has every right to. Not so sure the grass will be greener but whatever they do its gonna make for an interesting offseason. These three finishes have been brutal for 49er fans though still better to be relevant and in the mix then back to the bottom. At least to me….. Your guys have really turned it on of late, looking forward to seeing how it shakes out.

  38. Toward the end of the game against the Seahawks, the TV announcers said Harbawller took over the offense play calls. If a fact, this shows Harbawller lack of confidence in coach Roman’s play calling; or maybe he got word from the owner (lack of confidence) to take over the play calls???

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