When I first heard that the Cleveland Browns made a play for San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh, I thought to myself that there was no way in hell that would EVER happen. That was until how close Harbaugh himself was close to accepting the job.
For Harbaugh to even consider leaving the behemoth he has built in San Francisco for a shithole organization in Cleveland, things are not as rosy in the Bay Area as we all have thought. There is talk that the 49ers’ general manager Trent Baalke hates Harbaugh. Hell, there is talk that there were others in the organization who are tired of Harbaugh’s act. Even Harbaugh himself may be tired of dealing with the suits in the 49ers’ front office.
All I know is this: if a team has a known commodity who instantly turned it into a winner, why would that team risk alienating and losing him? Do the 49ers really value collegiality over being winners? Are they really arrogant to think that any coach could lead them to the promised land?
I guess the 49ers conveniently forgot what life was like before Harbaugh. Dennis Erickson? And worse, Mike Singletary? This was how bad Singletary was – Harbaugh came in and immediately starting winning with Singletary’s players.
And yet, the 49ers seriously considered moving Harbaugh for draft picks? Really?
This should be interesting when the time comes for Harbaugh and the 49ers to renegotiate his contract, which will expire after this coming season. I know that Harbaugh is not going to coach as a lame duck without a contract extension. I also think that the 49ers do not want to break the bank to keep Harbaugh, regardless of how much he wins with the Niners.
If the Niners do not want to go back to being the sorry-ass team of seasons’ past, they need not jerk with Harbaugh.