Harbaugh, Marathe could reunite

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No one knows what’s going to happen with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.  Whenever whatever happens, some league insiders believe there’s a chance that Harbaugh could be joined at his next destination by 49ers president Paraag Marathe.

It’s purely speculation at this point, speculation that cuts against the perception that Marathe is among the San Fran front office cabal that wants to see Harbaugh leave.  The prevailing view is that G.M. Trent Baalke, and only Baalke, started the power struggle that has Baalke staying and Harbaugh going, somewhere.

This isn’t a report that Marathe, who led the effort to get the new stadium built and who is regarded as one of the top contract negotiators in the NFL, will be leaving or should be leaving or could be leaving.  It’s merely a recognition that some folks in the know believe that Harbaugh could try to get Marathe to join Harbaugh with a new NFL team — and that Marathe could be inclined to do it.

Of course, it hinges on Harbaugh getting another NFL job and not jumping to Michigan.  Where there’s no salary cap to navigate or contracts to negotiate.  Yet.

54 responses to “Harbaugh, Marathe could reunite

  1. Hmmm… replace Ted Phillips and Marc Trestman with Marathe and Harbaugh and just like that, the Bears franchise is legit. Just sayin.

  2. Coaches like Harbaugh are hard to find. San Francisco is crazy to let him go. How is Jed York even okay with any of this? He would seriously choose Baalke over Harbuagh? I feel sorry for 49ers fans. Back to those 5-11 season again.

  3. This makes no sense….not even a ‘sources report” attribution.

    Reporting is supposed to clarify what is happening….not muddy the water further.

    You might as well have said Harbaugh expects a visit from St. Nick this week.

  4. Michigan gave it the old college try but JH is staying pro.

    The Wolverines are better off without the diva

  5. Hardbaugh isn’t going to College when he was one play away from winning the Super Bowl. The ego of NFL HC’s is larger than anyone can imagine.

  6. New stadium, great roster, great coach. What the heck is York thinking? Does Baalke have some dirt on him or what? Why would you make such an obviously poor decision? I bet the niners run through 3 coaches in the next 9 years as they fall into mediocrity.

  7. I know Harbaugh rubs people the wrong way, but so does Bill Belichick & Nick Saban. Not saying that Harbaugh is in the category, but he’s pretty darn good. Seems to me you put up with a person’s edginess if their producing. Not sure what I’m missing here.

  8. He will do the same thing as last time….leverage a strong offer from Michigan for the money he wants in Oakland (spoken LA).

    He sees the NFL as the elite level of football and won’t regress, not in his nature.

  9. If Harbaugh goes to Oakland, he won’t make $8mil/year and he will be fired in 3-4 years b/c the GM drafts poorly.

    If Harbaugh goes to Michigan, he can become a legend along Bo Schembechler and make $8mil per year.

    Whomever Michigan hires (if it is not Harbaugh), they’ll give him a chance for several years. This means if Harbaugh goes to Oakland and gets fired in 3-4 years, he won’t have the option to go to Michigan again after turning them down twice.

    There will be a point where Harbaugh will wish he had taken the Michigan job.

  10. GM’s are a dime a dozen. Good coaches are not. Who is in their plans to bring in? If you are going to get rid of one good coach, you better have a good back up plan! I am a Brown’s fan and have seen it too often, getting rid of a coach for the sake of getting rid of him and NO back-up plan!

  11. This is just bizzare. Paraag and Jed are . . . or at least were pretty tight friends. And I’ve read multiple reports that Harbaugh and Marathe have hated each other since 2011 and York’s decision to promote Paraag to team president was the last straw for Harbaugh. Whatever. So glad I didn’t invest in 49ers season tickets. It would have been like buying a house in 2006.

  12. I guess you missed the part where Harbaugh threw Marathe out of his office. These guys are not each other’s biggest fans and Jed will never let Marathe leave. Plus JH is going to Michigan anyway.

  13. The last time a similar situation like this happened was with the San Diego Chargers. Spanos chose AJ Smith over Marty Schottenheimer and hired Norv Turner as HC.

    You don’t want to go down this road 49ers!!

  14. If he really wanted to go to Michigan, he would have accepted the offer already. He’s staying in the NFL, most likely coaching the Raiders. The 49’ers want him in the NFL so they can get a draft pick(s) for him. If he goes to Michigan, they get nothing. The Michigan story is leverage, that’s all.

  15. Let’s deal with facts and not speculation.
    Fact: Marathe goes back to the Mike Nolan regime in SF. He’s closer to the Yorks, who hired him, than anyone else in the organization and reports directly to Jed.

    Have a hard time believing he feels any loyalty to Harbaugh, and would leave to join him. He certainly isn’t going to leave the NFL front office life for a college job.

    If Harbaugh really wanted to go to Michigan, he would have already accepted the $8 mil a year deal. As Florio has already written, because it’s college vs. the NFL, the Yorks can’t stop Harbaugh from leaving right now and demand compensation, and Jed wouldn’t stand in his way. Harbaugh knows he is losing out on key recruits the longer he hangs around a lost season in SF.

  16. Harder to get a decent coach than a decent GM in the NFL. Baalke has the ear of the owner but this is not necessarily a good decision for the 49ers.

  17. GM’s and Good coaches are a dime a dozen. To me, Harbaugh did great but lets see the three years, he went to the three straight Championship games and one Superbowl. And this year, they didn’t go in was because Harbaugh was already surrounded by great talent. Once he lost the talent to injuries, it was all gone. The best coach is Bill Bellichek, he can win with just Tom Brady and tons of distractions. Remember all the Gronk injuries, Aaron Hernandez killing people, Wes Welker departure, injuries to Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork. They still made the playoffs and I bet Bellicheck and Kraft ain’t best buddies. If a coach can’t control a team through injuries, distractions with a QB being paid Elite QB money, he should be fired. Same thing with Trestmen whom will be fired as well. Just surround the coach with healthy players, they will be great. When Jim Harbaugh leaves and if its to the Raiders, they have the cap space, if they sign Crabtree and still sucks, its more of the players. If they suck, the coach will, too.

  18. sisque: If Harbaugh really wanted to go to Michigan, he would have already accepted the $8 mil a year deal. As Florio has already written, because it’s college vs. the NFL, the Yorks can’t stop Harbaugh from leaving right now and demand compensation, and Jed wouldn’t stand in his way. Harbaugh knows he is losing out on key recruits the longer he hangs around a lost season in SF.

    You can’t because he’s still under contract. Michigan can contact him but only if the 49ers allow it, the 49ers allowed it because if he left, it would be better for them as long as he’s not in the NFL. It’s not signing day yet, recruits de-commit all the time. The first year will be tough but the second year will be interesting, if he still can’t recruit his second year, there must be a problem.

  19. If Harbaugh wants a super bowl experience, then coach the Raiders to a regular season home win over the Broncos.

  20. This makes no sense to anyone following the situation closely. Did we not just get a report from you that Baalke was Harbaugh’s last supporter in the front office? Now you are saying that Baalke is the force pushing him out? You should get your unnamed sources straightened out.

  21. If he really wanted to go to Michigan, he would have accepted the offer already. He’s staying in the NFL, most likely coaching the Raiders. The 49’ers want him in the NFL so they can get a draft pick(s) for him.
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    I get that you are just repeating what the “experts” are saying, but why would he have taken it already? He gains nothing by abandoning his team during the season. And Michigan would keep their lips sealed if their were a verbal agreement.

    No team can force him to coach merely because they traded for him. If any team sells a draft, he would simply refuse to go there.

  22. Yeah, somebody’s getting bad info. He’s literally one of Jed’s closest confidants. This must be the push back to some people understanding it’s him and not Baalke who’s pushing him out to insulate him when this team gets back to 5-11 in the next few years post Harbaugh. Hey, it wasn’t my fault. Blame Baalke. Easier to can an underwhelming GM instead of one of your best friends when the wolves start circling.

  23. I do find it funny that PFT-ers would rant on and on about how they hate Harbaugh and then turn around and call out the GM for feuding with Harbaugh. I guess people like to criticize.

  24. I still stand by the notion that Harbaugh is overrated and that he had success with a team that he inherited that was stocked to the brim with talent. He rode it right into the deck.

  25. 49ers should give Jim 9 Million a year with a 5 year contract with no guarantees. The lack of a guarantee gives the 49ers clout with Jim so if say they want him to get a new OC he will say his piece but if the change is made he will play nice.

  26. I wonder what the relationship Harbaugh has with the Mckaskey’s? He could be the man to legitimize a reeling organization in the Chicago Bears. I know it most likely won’t happen, but that with and a Coach/partial GM power with the final say in personnel matters.

  27. Baalke was reported by local Bay Area media as having been Harbaugh’s last ally in the front office. He’s a grinder, dedicated OCD football fanatic just like Harbaugh, they may not be best buddies but I doubt Baalke is the source of these issues.

    It has been suggested that the issues really come from higher up….such as Marathe’s office.

  28. Why not put Baalke on the skids with a fast track out of town on a rail. Tarred and feathered in need be. With a name like he has, no wonder their are issues on the 49ers team.

  29. Florio,

    You just keep talking right above Michigan like they are sitting at the kids table. Boy will you look foolish if he leaves the almighty NFL for college.

  30. Eddie D. came within a whisker of firing Bill Walsh. Don’t try to revise history.

    I hate this mess as much as any Niner fan… But here’s the straight scoop: Harbaugh has not been able to beat the Seahawks. Period. And if you want to win a Superbowl, and you play the Seahawks twice every year, then you need to be able to beat them.

    The Niners have some talent: they just aren’t performing well as a team.

    So, Harbaugh may be a damn good coach, but the Niners need some changes. Harbaugh has to go, or the coordinators have to go. My take is that Harbaugh has protected his OC, and that stand against Baalke in favor of Roman is the source of friction with the Niners.

  31. Why is it all Baalke’s fault now? All I hear during the reg season is how poor Kap is playing or what a poor OC Roman is. Well Kap is Harbaugh’s personal choice and I am sure if Harbaugh wanted Roman out he would be, but he loves Roman. Now that it is nearly a done deal, Baalke is the bum. I think there were mistakes made during the season and the guy at QB did not help matters. People criticized Roman all year; even last year. And now its seems like Baalke is to blame. People also blame York for not giving Harbaugh a big raise. Well what would they say if he did get the raise he wanted only to still go 7-8 (so far). So, in short, there is blame to go around; its not just one person who is to blame but its typical when a team does not do as well as it should.

  32. If Eddie D was still the owner he would have fired Harbaugh after choking away the SB. Hell he almost fired Walsh multiple times and he was actually winning championships. Jim is a good coach but this actually be a good move by the 49ers. Good coaches and good players change teams all the time because they’re just dicks they can’t play well with others. Can’t put this all on Jed when you look at Jim’s history. Stanford also couldn’t wait for him to leave.

  33. I still stand by the notion that Harbaugh is overrated and that he had success with a team that he inherited that was stocked to the brim with talent. He rode it right into the deck.
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    He inherited a six win team, and took them to an NFC title game.

    That is the definition of overrated.

    Hysterical.

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