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.