Jim Harbaugh’s tenure as the San Francisco 49ers head coach is officially over. According to multiple media reports, Harbaugh is no longer the coach of a team that he has seen near unprecedented success with over the past four seasons.
CEO Jed York had this to say about Harbaugh’s departure.
Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions,” said York. “We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history. Their commitment and hard work resulted in a period of success that should be looked back on proudly by our organization and our fans. We wish Jim and his family all the best.”
Harbaugh also released a statement via the team’s official website.
For the last four seasons I have had the great privilege to coach one of the storied franchises in the history of football,” said Harbaugh. “We accomplished many great things together as a team during this period, which is a tribute to the incredible efforts of some of the most dedicated players and coaches in the NFL.
I will miss competing alongside this group of players and coaches, I have the utmost respect and admiration for their hard work and support. It has been my honor to share the sideline with these mighty men. I will always appreciate and remember fondly, the passion and support of our Faithful fans, and want to express my particular thanks to them.”
San Francisco defeated the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon in what was Harbaugh’s final game as the team’s coach. Other reports firmly suggest that he’s prepared to take the head coaching job with the University of Michigan. It’s a bitter end to a relationship that started with so much promise and included three consecutive trips to the NFC Championship game.
As of right now, the San Francisco 49ers are a football team without a head coach.
That much is official.