Within minutes after the 2014 regular season ended, the 49ers announced a mutual parting with coach Jim Harbaugh. Appearing on a podcast with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Harbaugh said it wasn’t really a mutual separation.
“I was told I wouldn’t be the coach any more,” Harbaugh said. “And then . . . you can call it ‘mutual,’ I mean, I wasn’t going to put the 49ers in the position to have a coach that they didn’t want any more. But that’s the truth of it. I didn’t leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me.”
Harbaugh also confirmed that he was told he wouldn’t be returning on the Monday after a Week 15 loss to the Seahawks. He opted not to leave at that point.
“I wanted to finish what I started — what we started,” Harbaugh said. “And I have great fond memories of it.”
Some of the memories apparently aren’t so fond. Someday, Harbaugh may have a lot more to say about it.
“I don’t think we were playing out of the same playbook,” Harbaugh said. “But maybe there’ll be a book some day. Maybe I’ll write a manuscript.”
I’d definitely buy the book and/or watch the movie.