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Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 10:36 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Harbaugh (US Presswire)
UPDATE 4:30 p.m. ET: According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Harbaugh’s deal is for five years, $25 million. If this is true, then the 49ers did NOT increase their offer to Harbaugh after he was reportedly close to sticking with Stanford.

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The AP is reporting that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh will sign a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. A press conference has been scheduled for Friday 6:30 p.m. ET.  

This is a somewhat long-expected move for Harbaugh, albeit one that had plenty of twists and turns towards the end. Harbaugh and the Niners brass met for five hours on Wednesday. Late Thursday, Stanford reportedly upped its offer to try and keep the head coach. On Friday, whispers about Harbaugh going to Michigan resurfaced. Earlier in the week, the Denver Broncos expressed interest – and obviously not as much interest as the Miami Dolphins, who sent their top men to California for a face-to-face meeting.

In the end, all the drama only helped to raise Harbaugh’s value. We don’t yet know exactly what that value is, but we do know that by choosing San Francisco, Harbaugh at least saves himself the cost of moving and buying a new house.

This may have been a closer call for the Niners than many realize. A Stanford source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, "We thought we had Jim locked up last night but Jim wanted to sleep on it." Stanford may never let a head coach hit the hay again.

On the Niners’ side of things, let the discussion begin about whether this is the right hire. The initial chatter around the web seems to be saying YES! But very few college coaches successfully leap to the pro level. Harbaugh, of course, played in the NFL and was an assistant for the Raiders in 2002-03, so credibility and pro culture shouldn’t be issues. Still, Harbaugh is known for his demonstrative style and somewhat cutting personality. College players willingly deal with that. But multimillionaire pros?



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Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

I bet the reason he signed is he knows a QB that will be in the draft that he likes, the 9ers are in a position to trade up for him, and I bet that was part of the deal.  Happy tandem.  A team ready for a coach and QB, a QB and a coach ready for a team.  The weak division also came into play, playoffs in the future.  Success maybe on the horizon.



Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:30 am
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Harbaugh did a very good job turning the program around at Stanford and may very well turn out to be a fine NFL coach.  As a 49ers fan, I sure hope so. Very few college coaches are successful making the transition to the NFL.  The coach/player dynamic is very different and wily NFL veterans aren’t motivated the same way as college kids.

In my opinion, John Gruden would have been a better choice.  We saw him turn the Raiders around and rebuild that team for a Super Bowl appearance (Bill Callahan coached them in the Super Bowl against Gruden’s Tampa Bay Team).  Then, when Al Davis and Gruden had a falling out, Gruden took the Bucs to the Super Bowl in his first year there and beat the snot out of the Raiders.  While Tony Dungy gets credit for building the Bucs Super Bowl winning team, Gruden delivered the victory for Tampa Baywhich isn’t easy.  Just ask Marv Leavy and Jim Kelly who led the Bucs to 4 consecutive Super Bowls (1990-1993) but never brought the Lombardi Trophy home. 

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Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Should be a good fit. The 9er's need someone who will light a spark. Maybe the 9er's will finally turn it around. Besides someone has to win that division with better than 7 wins. What a shame.



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Amen:  da ohio state, U of M and ND: OVVVERRRRRATED !  Wisconsin, Iowa, MSU not so much! 

I wish the Ducks and Auburn played any Big 10 teams(sic).  Ducks and Auburn 22-0, big 10+1: 0-22.  Any one from or for the big Ten+One should not be talking about math.  Next year the big "TWen" will be what: the Big Jyu Ni, or better dix+deux beaucoup or der zehn+zwei lieberhabers.  Da Big 10(sic) is certainly not the SEC, BIG 12, PAC 12, CUSA or even the Cub Scouts of America.          

NCAA has rules for sports and rules for da Ohio State.  Mallett was a fool.   Da OS should be 0-6 in the BCS.

Nebraska has literally gone to hell!  



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