John Harbaugh knows Jim is done in San Francisco

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It’s the worst-kept secret in the NFL. And in the Harbaugh family.

With 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh saying nothing about his future, Ravens coach John Harbaugh seems to acknowledge the obvious:  Jim is entering his final days as the San Francisco coach, after taking the team to three straight NFC title games (and one Super Bowl) in his first three seasons.

“I know just from Jim’s standpoint, he’s done something there that’s been absolutely historic and amazing, it’s never been really accomplished in the history of football before, in terms of what he’s done for the city and for the fans there and for the players there,” John Harbaugh told CSNBaltimore.com on Monday. “And I’m proud as heck of him.  Whatever’s next for him, he’ll do a great job there, whatever it is.  He’ll be fired up and excited to do it.  So I’m proud of him no matter what happens.  I think they had a great coach there for the last four years, and they were blessed and fortunate to have him.  I know the fans realize that and the players realize that, and that’s really what counts.”

It officially remains unclear where Jim Harbaugh’s wherever will be next year.  The leaks from Camp Harbaugh currently suggest he’s more seriously considering Michigan — which could be aimed at (1) getting Oakland or some other team to offer more and/or (2) getting the 49ers to demand less for a trade, since they’ll get nothing if he leaves for Ann Arbor.

109 responses to “John Harbaugh knows Jim is done in San Francisco

  1. Dude was a gamer as a player and is a great coach. The sad part is that his boss is jealous and holds the trump card

    Be careful what happens!!

    The fans had better rise up

  2. It’s hard to tell what caused Harbaugh to get run out of town. His players all love him and he has been more successful than 95% of the coaches who will keep their jobs. I think this is what happens when the media gets a hold of something and they need one of their stories to stick, since they’ve gotten so many wrong. Also, the York’s are morons. Sorry 49er fans, back to the basement with you!

  3. Urban Meyer (Ohio State coach) is not going to enjoy his Christmas as much knowing Harbaugh could be headed to Ann Arbor. In fact he might just skip Christmas and get to work on next season. Buckeye alumni better get their wallets out to help Urban recruit.

  4. Come on Oakland, get it done after the season.

    As much as i love Al he never stumped up the money for coaches yet lost millions in free agent deals.

    The coach is the most important part of the team, hope Mark Davis pays the big money to get that sorted out (for once).

  5. As a Niners fan, if we do get rid of Harbaugh, we deserve to go back to being a losing organization. One semi bad year and you’re going to fire him? That’s ridiculous. Get rid of Baalke and fire Roman. Jed York is such a turd. There is no one out there that will do a better job. Gase? McDaniel? Holmgren? That list makes me sick. Good luck, Jim! The Niners will regret this.

  6. I don’t really know what went wrong there. He did a good job turning the program around and instilling pride in the organization. Not sure how we got to this but good luck to him on his next position. Hopefully he has learned about a few things that he can avoid in the future.

  7. The more interesting comment would have been, “John Harbaugh knows San Fancisco is done.” His brother is jumping off that train wreck just in time. What a felon-infested, character-lacking dumpster fire. Maybe they could become the Seahawks minor league affiliate and Pete could fix them?

  8. What’s Jed York going to say at his Black Monday presser? “The guy who took us to 3 NFCCG’s and a Super Bowl and had the best winning percentage since Vince Lombardi just wasn’t a good fit here?”

  9. Michigan is being played and they should put a deadline of 12/29 on their offer. Either Harbaugh WANTS to coach at Michigan for $8Mil/yr. or he doesn’t. Enough of the “leverage” crap!

  10. It’s absolutely moronic the 49ers would let this guy go. So he’s not a yes man & tends to rub a few execs the wrong way, does he win games? He’s done exactly what he was brought in to do.

  11. This is why we can’t beat Seattle. An arrogant silver spoon CEO who is enamored with a GM that can’t draft offense. Face it Jed, Schneider/Carroll have a much better power structure. Hell Seattle has a much better owner. It pains me to say that but it’s true. Baalke will once again manipulate draft positioning and gain more picks because he is good at that, but he will once again whiff on offensive needs with them anyway. So at the end of the day what difference do those extra picks make?

  12. Jed: Thanks for helping me get the stadium and all those PSL’s pushed through Jim. Now I can go back to being a cheapskate and hire people that will kiss my a$$.

  13. The 49ers organization wants to go back to being soft and happy. It’s easier than being tough and winning a lot.

    Winning apprently doesn’t make them happy if they have to put that much effort into it.

  14. …”it’s never been really accomplished in the history of football before”…

    Really John? Bills in the 90s, Steelers in the 90s, Cowboys in the 70s, 49ers in the 80s and 90s, Colts in the 00s, see any dynasty, etc. John Harbaugh is a great coach compared to what’s out there today, but he’s not a standout historically.

  15. I’ve never been more ashamed to be a 49ers fans

    Throwing away so much success because you can’t get along?

    They’re taking success for granted and it’s pathetic

  16. According to most reports, the reason they haven’t fired Roman is because Harbaugh won’t. Your hate of the owner and/or GM on this subject at least are misplaced. Makes you wonder what else you’re being led to believe. Harbaugh has never won the big game, be it in the college circuit or the pros, so the hero-worship is misplaced as well.

  17. RegisHawk says: Dec 23, 2014 9:10 AM

    Harbaugh has never won the big game, be it in the college circuit or the pros, so the hero-worship is misplaced as well.

    Technically true, but way unfair. Harbaugh is a helluva coach. He won’t be unemployed for any longer than he wants to be.

  18. We are so excited that Harbaugh will no longer be coaching our team! Wait, JIM Harbaugh???

    – Ravens fans

  19. While the Harbaugh’s due tend to exaggerate, the point I think he was trying to make was in reference to the Salary Cap era… Not sure how many coaches have taken their team to a Super Bowl and three straight Championship games, especially coming off a 6-10 season in 2010..

  20. The sad thing is – that everyone here will be a loser, SF (who apparently has a short memory) will go right back to being terrible

    Jim will either fail with Oakland or have to suffer thru living in Michigan.

  21. Y’all are missing the point.

    A lot of what you say is true but it’s obvious he’s lost the players.

    Deon was right.

    Sure they’ve had injuries but no more than the Hawks and certainly not as many crucial ones as the Cards.

    The players aren’t playing for him any more.

    Heck your best game recently was against the Hawks and that was only because we don’t like each other.

  22. Hey John I know like Ray Rice brother Jim is a “heck of a guy”, but do the names Lombardi, Landry, and Noll ring a bell. Remember you the Raven’s coach because can distort the truth and not because you are an astute historian of the game.

  23. @thereep, you’re wrong there.

    3 conference championships in a coach’s first 3 years in the NFL has never happened and will likely never happen again.

  24. Jed York has always been a ‘yes man’ to his mommy and daddy. Their coaching decisions include: Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary. Then comes along Jim Harbaugh and the franchise is resurrected into championship caliber form.

    Rather than maintain success Jed decides to protect his corporate ego and fire the one guy who was able to keep the fanbase enthusiastic and willing to pay for his new stadium.

    We have pitiful owners and I hope they wake up to the fact that the fans that sold out every home game for over 3 decades (even during our losing season) at the Stick got priced out at Levi’s. The new crop will not support failure.

  25. Jim Harbaugh has done something “historic and amazing” in San Fran, according to his brother.

    Like what? Lose a Super Bowl to you?????

    Look — Jim Harbaugh is a good coach, but he’s also a whack job and that’s why the Niners can’t wait to get rid of him.

    As for the post up above which says his players “all love him”, nothing could be further from the truth. Now that’s not uncommon for players not to like their coaches, as long as they respect them.

    The truth probably is, many players on the Niners are happy to see him go.

  26. We will all find out what happened soon enough. The org. has a PR disaster and it will need to bregin to clear the air the minute Harbaugh is terminated.
    If the 49ers indeed did try to trade Harbaugh last season, the management made a bad decision to keep him in exchange for a run at the title. Harbugh seems to be an emotional guy with a lot of pride. Cancer set in and things got out of control because the management/owners failed to do the right thing

  27. Bout to start dusting off the Raider Nation bandwagon and retrofitting it to make it stronger so it could support all off these 49ers fans that are about hop on it once Harbaugh comes back to Oakland – The Cradle of His Coaching Career. We still owe Baltimore one for that fake FG John Harbaugh pulled on us in 2012 when they were up by like 40 points. Steve Hoffman shouldn’t have been coordinating our special teams anyway.

    Harbaugh evidently did a good job with the 9ers. I mean the reason why the front office thinks he’s expendable is because of the great coaches he’s brought there and the great program and systems of football he’s established. They think it can sustain itself now. It’s like Jimmy Johnson, Harbaugh’s strength was administrating and indentifying great coaches to materialize his vision on the field combined with his ability to challenge players to their core. Harbaugh is not expendable as they think. Like Dallas after the fired Jimmy Johnson you can sustain his success for a year or two then it will eventually fade to oblivion without him once the roster and coaching staff turns over and his influence flees from the team.

    These Yorks ain’t loyal.

    2014 Raiders – No Surrender, No Retreat. Raider Nation for life in victory or defeat.

  28. What goes around comes around. Don’t think I forgotten the shady deal for Anquan Boldin that you and your brother pulled off. I just wonder why the NFL never investigated you two for collusion.

  29. “he’s done something there that’s been absolutely historic and amazing, it’s never been really accomplished in the history of football before”
    ==================================

    Huh??

  30. Oh! Jim is going to use Michigan as his leverage against the very greedy upper management with the San Francisco 49’ers. Good move for Harbaugh now that he can’t use Dolphins owner Stephen Ross who would not play that game again.

  31. everyone bashing john for the “historic” comment…i think you guys are getting it wrong. sure, plenty of teams have gone to conference championships multiple years in a row (eagles did it for 4 in the early 00’s). i think the historic part that john was pointing out is how many of the teams to do it began the run in the head coach’s first season with the team? i’m not going to take the time to research it, but my guess is none. so, in that way, what he did was a first in the history of the league.

  32. As a Seahawk fan I actually enjoy the rivalry of San Fransisco these past few years. I mean when those games are on the schedule that’s the one I am looking forward to the most and it will be sad if that changes if they swing into rebuild mode after losing Jim Harbaugh football won’t be as intense.

    If there was anybody that needed to go its Trent Baalke. There are basically 2 drafts (2012-2013 minus Eric Reid) in a row are were a wash and he had by far the most draft picks of any team . The reality is his great reputation was living on of Scot Mccloughan roster.

  33. HISTORIC??????????? HAHAHAHA, hey John, George Seifert started his career with 5 NFC Championship appearances in 6 years with 2 Super Bowl Championships

  34. History won’t even remember harbaughs niners five years from now. Kaperchoke wil be outta the league and Harbaugh will be losing in Oakland. The only time you’ll see niner highlights in a championship game is the tip pick by Richard Sherman.

  35. Please go to Michigan so we don’t have to be subjected to your lunacy on Sundays. No body watches Michigan anyway.

  36. braceyourselffor12 says:
    Dec 23, 2014 9:42 AM
    Jed York has always been a ‘yes man’ to his mommy and daddy. Their coaching decisions include: Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary. Then comes along Jim Harbaugh and the franchise is resurrected into championship caliber form.

    Rather than maintain success Jed decides to protect his corporate ego and fire the one guy who was able to keep the fanbase enthusiastic and willing to pay for his new stadium.

    We have pitiful owners and I hope they wake up to the fact that the fans that sold out every home game for over 3 decades (even during our losing season) at the Stick got priced out at Levi’s. The new crop will not support failure.

    _________________________________

    It should be noted that Denise York who famously hates football and her husband Dr. York were wholesale responsible for the hires of Erickson and Nolan. The hire of Singletary is understood when viewed through the scope of the situation.

    That being said……..Jed York and Baalke (promoted by York himself after McCloughan’s fall from grace) were responsible for the hire of Harbaugh. You can’t have it both ways. That’s known as selective justified reasoning.

    You ARE correct on the new stadium though. Levi’s Stadium will go down as a $1.3 billion land weight that will possess zero history, a cursed first year and has grossly alienated a core group of fans who simply will not be able to provide the stadium with any home field advantage. That stadium is absolutely pathetic. Just sad.

  37. Harbaugh and Kaepernick are the two main reasons I hate SF. They were never one of my least favorite teams until those two a-holes joined the team. All I can say is one down…one to go. I love a good rivalry and as a Seahawk fan, I look forward to many more years battling with the Niners, but those two are just poison. Good riddance!

  38. niners816 says:
    Dec 23, 2014 8:12 AM
    As a Niners fan, if we do get rid of Harbaugh, we deserve to go back to being a losing organization. One semi bad year and you’re going to fire him? That’s ridiculous. Get rid of Baalke and fire Roman. Jed York is such a turd. There is no one out there that will do a better job. Gase? McDaniel? Holmgren? That list makes me sick. Good luck, Jim! The Niners will regret this.

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    I’m not so sure that this has to do with the Niners record. More like a clash of personalities. I’m not sure that even if the Niners would have won the Super Bowl, Jim might have been pushed out…

    As well;

    If all this never comes out during the season, the Niners have a better record and make the playoffs. Too much of a distraction to the team…

    Not a Niners fan.

  39. As a 49er fan who has lived thru the Erickson/Singletary era this is absurd. I do not know what happened from Feb 2013 to today. Who are they going to bring in…they will likely need to bring someone crediable. Gase, McDaniels, Haley, etc all aren’t proven. Jim restored the swag back in this team and granted he won with Singletary players for the most part, that’s like saying Belicheck won off Tuna, Gruden off Dungy, Tomlin off Cowher and so on…show me a team that has been terrible for 10+ years and there is a coach who got to stay around and finish the job with HIS players. I wish Jim all the luck..this is A LOT like Mooch all over again in 2003. I have a feeling John/Denise are pulling the strings for this instead of their puppets Jed/Trent doing this. The way this has gone down has been completely unprofessional from the FO to whomever leaked this story back in Sept in the lockerroom. This shows to you how quickly a SB window can close for alot of talented teams. One minute you get screwed out of a blantant PI call in the endzone in Feb 2013 with 1 minute left in the game to being fired after going 48-22 in 4 years…so embarrassed and disgusted as a diehard of this team for 21 years.

  40. Bears fans can tell you what happens when you dump a respected, reasonably successful HC and then totally whiff on his replacement. And Harbaugh is 10 times the coach Lovie Smith is.

    Niners fans will be burning Baalke in effigy by this time next year unless he absolutely hits it out of the part with whoever he hires to fill Harbs’ shoes.

  41. niners816 says:
    Dec 23, 2014 8:12 AM
    As a Niners fan, if we do get rid of Harbaugh, we deserve to go back to being a losing organization. One semi bad year and you’re going to fire him? That’s ridiculous. Get rid of Baalke and fire Roman. Jed York is such a turd. There is no one out there that will do a better job. Gase? McDaniel? Holmgren? That list makes me sick. Good luck, Jim! The Niners will regret this.

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    Such simple vacant thinking.

    This whole event has ZE-RO to do with the record. None. Zilch. If you can’t see past that that’s pretty pathetic.

  42. Chicago is mentioned only as an afterthought. Don’t forget this is where Jim spent most of his playing career and the team most resembles the train wreck he took over in SF. Sweet Home, Chicago!

  43. I couldn’t care less about my coach and GM or owner getting along. All I would care about is winning. Just win baby! And Harbaugh has done that. But then again, I’m not a spoiled billionaire with an ego.

  44. I don’t have an iron in this fire but the 49ers will regret this one! You all know it, teams go YEARS without making playoffs. Chargers did this in 02 or 03 when they got rid of Marty after a 14-2 season……REALLY!?!?!?! It took them 10 years to undo that decision. Just sayin’

  45. Remember when they first hired Harbaugh and everyone was using the phrase “suck for Luck”? That’s because the 49ers were the worst team in the league, and by playing Alex Smith it appeared that the 49ers were throwing the season in order to get the #1 pick. But Harbaugh studied the strengths and weaknesses of his players and created a scheme that took advantage of their strengths and hid their weaknesses. They went to three championships in a row including one super bowl. They allowed Harbaugh to control everything. Then the stadium deal got done and the power shifted back to where it was prior to Harbaugh. Look at the timeline. This is gross. Sickening. Bring back Eddie D

  46. 1-5 vs Seattle in his last 6 with no signs of how he will solve them offensively. If you can’t beat Seattle then what good will you be for the Niners going forward? See ya

  47. OK, personally I think Harbaugh is getting the shaft here. 3 NFC title appearances, and a SB appearance in your first 3 years, should earn you a mulligan. Plus it’s not like they went 3-13 and totally bombed out. They are going to finish at worst, 7-9 in a stacked NFC west

    That being said “he’s done something there that’s been absolutely historic and amazing, it’s never been really accomplished in the history of football before”?

    Seriously? What has he done that has never been really accomplished in the history of football? I’ve heard of going overboard, I think this may be capsizing

  48. Oh, my take on what Harbaugh will do……Unless he can be “traded” for a late 3rd round pick or lower, I think he takes the Michigan job. Spends 2 years, 3 tops there doing his best to bring the program back to respectability. He then bounces back to the NFL, with the ability to pick any team with an opening (not just the ones the 9ers are willing to send him to), and without hampering them by losing draft picks.

    I’ve had 9ers fans tell me they could get a 1st and 3rd from Oakland for him. It’s not going to happen. You get a package like that, if at all, from a team that thinks with the right coach, they are a superbowl team. You don’t get that from a team that is 15+ starters away from contending. Why would Harbaugh even agree to go to Oakland, as bad as they are, minus their first round pick (plus something else)? Talk about setting yourself up for failure. How is that a better situation for him than Michigan? Not saying they aren’t going to get a pick for him, or even multiple picks. But the days of first round picks going for a coach are long gone IMO. Draft picks are just too highly valued in todays NFL. Especially by the coaches that are being moved

  49. As a faithful Niner fan since I was in the 5th grade(1985), I can honestly say, if Jim goes, I don’t think I can support a team or organization that would do that to him after what he has done for them.

    Life is too short to go through another 2003-2011.

    Maybe a website or hashtag that says #BoycotttheNinersforJim, would be appropriate.

  50. I agree with “Romoisgod”. My first question is WHO started this, and WHY during an active season with two years remaining?

    I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised – look what happend with Mooch who was successful at the time he was let go.

    They wanted corporate money – good luck with that. Doesn’t seem to be working so good…..

  51. 9ers are idiots for getting rid of him. How quickly everyone has forgotten the Singletary days. Do they really want to go back to that…?

  52. It is pretty historic that after 4 years they still can’t seem to get plays off before the play clock expires. QB whisperer my ass. Kap is Jim’s creation and he’s getting worse. Jim is overrated. The defense is what carried the 49ers during Jim’s tenure and he had nothing to do with the D.

  53. Who out there (besides York, and perhaps Baalke) thinks this will be a good move for the 49ers? I’d love to see the Raiders get him, just because it would be so in York’s face when they next went to the playoffs while SF was having trouble filling their new stadium and watching the playoffs from their living rooms.

  54. patriotinvasion says: Dec 23, 2014 7:36 AM

    5 yards from a championship 23 months ago to this. Bizarre.

    ————-

    Should have handed the ball to Frank Gore.

  55. As a life long Niners fan, should the Jim Harbaugh era end this year, we will start a campaign:

    #BoycotttheNinersforJim

  56. 49ers have 16 players on IR for the genius who said they have no more than anyone else. That includes their top 3 linebackers 2 of which are all pro, 1st and 2nd string NT, starting center, 2nd TE, 2nd RB just to name a few. Not to mention starting CB that has missed 12 games thus far. Come up with a better argument.

  57. the two big problems with the niners are (1) wrong bet at qb position…going with kaepernick over alex smith, and (2) a few bad character guys on defense…mcdonald, aldon smith…

  58. I know Hairball personally. He’s a complete ass which is why SF is going to be kicking him to the curb.

    You can be an ass when you win but not when your team doesn’t have a winning record. Plus the team spent millions on a gimmick QB who suddenly can’t throw, and is getting worse under Hairball’s tutelage.

    Abrasive jerks can be put up with if they bring something and that something is winning. He hasn’t ever won anything.

    I hope he ends up at Michigan. He’ll tease them forever and win nothing but the whiner award.

  59. How soon we all forget. The in-house fighting and strife started just after a peculiar hire. You see my friends, this all started after one Eric Mangini was hired. So many backs to stab, so little time.

  60. If you haven’t sat in the Champions Club at Levi’s Stadium, then you shouldn’t comment on the stadium. Place is Incredible!

  61. LOL, Michigan fans crack me up…..He’s not going back to college, why would he?? LOL especially in the Big Ten? Big Ten coaches are leaving for better conferences, why would he leave the NFL for the Big Ten? LOL

  62. When the Morabito widows owned the Niners they stayed in the septic tank of the NFL for years. When the DeBartolos took over and Eddie D. was running the show – Wow! Thanks Eddie you provided us 49’r Faithfuls with many years of enjoyment. Then, the clock struck midnight and Eddie’s sister and Jed took over. Except for the three years under Jim they have been a trainwreck.
    Is Jed sending them back to the septic tank? Only time and honesty will tell us?

  63. This situation is obviously not about wins and losses. It is a “you will not tell me what to do with MY team” issue. Ironically, Harbaugh holds the hammer in the whole scenario, he can veto any trade, forcing the 9ers to fire him or quit and head to Michigan, in which case the 9ers get zilch.

  64. What Bill Walsh, George Seifert and Mr. DeBartolo did was historic. What Coach Harbaugh accomplished was, up to this year, excellent. I sure hope Jed and Trent know what they are doing because you can get a crowd of 30,000 just as easily in Candlestick as you can in Levi’s. Someone better sack up and specifically explain why you are letting this guy walk to the fan base. A poor football year and a disastrous PR year. Tony and Vic Morabito are shaking their heads in disgust.

  65. Go ahead and take over that awful program that is Michigan. They buckeyes will be ready for a little more of a challenge from Michigan. Only way they can get the guy to come is to offer him as much money as possible. No one wants that job haha.

  66. Am I the only one that sees the Chicago Bears begging Jimmy to wait on his decision until Sunday afternoon when they clean house on the lakefront and let Emery and Trestman (who will be canned in-flight from Minneapolis) go and can then offer Harbaugh the keys to the condo?

    As a Pack fan, the thought makes me sick to my stomach….as Badger fan, not much better. Guy is the real deal, even with his sideline imitation of the pledge pin guy from the Twisted Sister videos mixed with a 3rd grade school girl.

  67. York’s are about money and of course they want to win but three straight Championship games and one superbowl appearance. Jim is the coach so with a locker room filled with all these troubled players where a Coach can’t control it, there must be something wrong. If a coach can’t control his own locker room, there is something wrong. If there is something wrong with your QB, you try to fix it asap. Kaep has regressed and honestly, why isn’t Harbaugh endorsing Trent Baalke to fire Greg Roman. Most of the fans were hoping he was going to take a HC job or a College job. Now after this season, Jed and Trent will clean house, if Trent can’t find a coach to bring the 49ers back to the playoffs, expect Trent Baalke’s job be on the line, too. The 49ers locker room was always in disarray but what kept their relationship together is winning. They ain’t winning anymore, okay, so first it will Jim and the rest of the coaching staff jobs gone, the 49ers will hope Vic Fangio and Jim Tomsula stays but there is no guarantee about Fangio as he might follow Harbaugh where it opens Tomsula to be a full time Defensive coordinator which I think he wanted in the first place. If Colin sucks next year, the 49ers could cut him loose for very little cap hit but I am sure a team will give up a draft pick for Colin as he’s too talented to not succeed. He’s still immature and needs a coach to shut him up and be a professional. If Harbaugh can’t stop him from making these bad decisions. Harbaugh and QB are the leaders, if the 49ers lose, it will fall on them. So is firing a winning coach bad? Yes, but who hasn’t done it? Cowboys did it with Parcells, Eagles did it with Andy Reid and even the 49ers did it with George Seifort. It’s time to start over, it might take a new coach, and maybe even a new GM or QB next year but it might be better for all parties to split.

  68. When you whiff on multiple drafts chances are pretty good Baalke is going to seriously whiff on the naming the next head coach of the Niners.

  69. pkrjones says: Dec 23, 2014 8:33 AM

    Either Harbaugh WANTS to coach at Michigan for $8Mil/yr. or he doesn’t. Enough of the “leverage” crap!

    The intersection of supply and demand determines the market value of goods and services. Leverage, in this usage, is demand moving that market value higher, or the supply moving that market value lower. A greater supply means that a buyer has leverage in the market, a greater demand means that a seller does.

    Harbaugh’s leverage is the demand for his service. A team’s leverage is a lack of demand for his service or an increased supply of comparable coaches available. Insisting that Harbaugh be denied leverage by only being allowed one offer at a time for a limited time, artificially manipulates demand and competition. It doesn’t eliminate “leverage”, it takes leverage from the seller (Harbaugh) and shifts it to the buyer – artificially.

    “Either Harbaugh WANTS to coach at Michigan for $8Mil/yr. or he doesn’t.”

    Who takes a first offer? Take the first offer or go without? You can’t do business that way. Buyers don’t get what they need and sellers sit on inventory.

  70. John doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Seifert, in his first four years, had a better record, better offense, better defense and actually WON his Superbowl.

  71. goldrush36 says: Dec 23, 2014 11:59 AM

    49ers have 16 players on IR for the genius who said they have no more than anyone else. That includes their top 3 linebackers 2 of which are all pro, 1st and 2nd string NT, starting center, 2nd TE, 2nd RB just to name a few. Not to mention starting CB that has missed 12 games thus far. Come up with a better argument.

    LOL. What an ignorant spiel that was….

    The 49ers offense has sucked all year (ranked 26th). Before injuries. After injuries. Doesn’t matter. It’s just been bad. 15 games and ONE 4th Quarter TD is it now?

    We’re 31st in passing offense and 6th in rushing offense. PRETTY MUCH JUST LIKE LAST YEAR.

    The DEFENSE, despite injuries, suspensions, etc., has played very well and IS NOT THE PROBLEM AND IS CURRENTLY RANKED FIFTH. (5th passing and 7 rush, so no real weaknesses either.)

    And the o-line, the convenient whipping boy of the ignorant has TWO pro-bowlers AND an a pro-bowl alternate.

    The problem is Harbaugh blew the call at QB and the NFL has figured out gimmick boy. So we just don’t score points because our crappy QB can’t pass from the pocket.

    And, no, Smith wasn’t great. But he can read a defense and play smart football giving his team a chance to win.

    But Kaepernick is just Tim Tebow II.

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