There has been a lot of talk about Jim Harbaugh’s future with the San Francisco 49ers. Earlier this year, multiple reports indicated that he would not be back with the team no matter what they did moving forward this season.
Other reports told a story of Harbaugh not being well-liked in the locker room.
Ever since these reports were made public, mutliple 49ers players have come out in support of Harbaugh publicly. And why not? After all, he boasts a ridiculous .741 regular season winning percentage and has led the team to three consecutive NFC Championship game appearances.
This hasn’t stopped the mainstream media from pushing what seems to be an agenda regarding Harbaugh and his future with the 49ers.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been under the tutelage of Harbaugh since San Franciso drafted him in 2011, is the latest player to come out in support of the seemingly embattled head coach, telling reporters that he thinks Harbaugh will be back based in part due to his resume with the team (via Pro Football Talk).
Again, this didn’t stop the media from forcing a narrative down our throats. In response to Kaepernick’s comments, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio had this to say.
Actually, Harbaugh’s history suggests he doesn’t stay in one place for very long. Three years at San Diego University. Four at Stanford. Now, four with the 49ers.
This, based on Harbaugh’s track record, should be his last season on the job.
First off, based off this presumption, Harbaugh would last five years in San Francisco. Interestingly enough, that’s when his current contract is actually set to expire.
Secondly, no NFL team can make a play for Harbaugh in the offseason unless the 49ers fire him or entertain a trade offer for the successful head coach.
And finally, Harbaugh’s career path is no different than some of the top coaches out there. He left the University of San Diego for a better college football program in Stanford. And then after turning that program around, Harbaugh bolted for a NFL job. So this somehow indicates that he won’t stay in San Francisco for too long?
It’s the narrative that seems to be built into the entire Harbaugh situation at this point. Prior to the 49ers winning three consecutive and getting back into the playoff race, the dialogue was about how the players disliked playing under him. And now in the midst of the playoff race, the attention turns to a 2015 season that Harbaugh is in fact under contract.
I personally don’t blame 49ers players for being sick and tired of hearing about their head coach. They have enjoyed nearly unmatched success under his leadership. In reality, that can cure most ills in the locker room and within the organization itself.
This isn’t to say Harbaugh will return in 2015. Instead, it’s to help you read between the lines of a situation that seems to be a bit more convoluted than some may want you to believe.
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