The 49ers aren’t going to the playoffs, but coach Jim Harbaugh doesn’t expect them to fly the white flag over the final two weeks of the regular season.
Harbaugh said after Sunday’s 17-7 loss to the Seahawks that his team will “keep fighting” with “every ounce of energy” despite the disappearance of a chance to compete for a title because “that’s what a professional does.” The results of games that will affect only draft order wasn’t really the chief thing on anyone’s mind after the game, though.
It was the future of Harbaugh as the 49ers coach. Harbaugh said he expects to sit down with Jed York and Trent Baalke “at some point” to sort out what just about everyone expects to be his departure from the team.
“I’m always available to sit down with the owner and the general manager, absolutely,” Harbaugh said, via the San Jose Mercury News.
With the Niners out of playoff contention, the topic of Harbaugh’s future was a popular one. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was among the members of the team thinking about a future with a new head coach.
“That’s something I can’t fully wrap my mind around why that would be the situation,” Kaepernick said. “But he has my full support, no matter if he’s here or somewhere else. I hope he’s back here and I think he’s a great coach.”
No one knows exactly how things will play out, but Kaepernick’s hope is unlikely to be realized as the bitter end of the line for the 49ers in 2014 foreshadows the bitter end of a winning Harbaugh run with the organization.