Blog Entry

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.


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?

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Category: NFL

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:02 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Whoever is wondering why Jim would not take the Dolphins job with more money, well that's easy, why would you want to coach against Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez twice a year?  The Dolphins, believe it or not, are in a rebuilding mode.  Ronnie Brown and Ricky williams will not be back next year, and i'm thinking Chad Henne will not be the starting QB.  The defense is young and is run by Mike Nolan but the offense is worse than the Bills, at least they have hope with Fitzpatrick at QB and a young RB in Spillar.

The 49ers already have young talent at almost every skill position and a few key veterans in guys like Justin Smith and David Baas.  RB position is set in stone with Frank Gore and Dixon, WR's are young and productive in Crabtree, Morgan and GInn, TE Davis is top 3 in the league, offensive line is young but fresh off their first year together, and the defense is respectable (maybe not so respectable against the pass).

The three things that screwed the Niners this season were bad QB play, the secondary gave up to many key plays, and bad coaching.  From the beginning of the season it seemed as if players and personal wanted out of San Fran.  The GM left just before the season, followed by the back up RB Coffee, starting SS Lewis, Jimmy Raye (yes i know he was fired), and another guy who's name i can't remember at this point in time.  I've been a Niner fan since the earliy 80's and I have to say these past few years have been hard to watch, and the more I pay attention to other teams makes me realize how poorly run the 49ers organization really is.  The owner reminds me of a stuck up Cali brat raised with a silver spoon in his ass....I mean mouth, and even after saying "money is no object" they still pinched Harbaughs nuts through the ringer and made him settle for less than his asking price. 

In the end, the Niners look the more attractive choice because there are more pieces to play with than in Miami, not to mention 7-9 can win the division.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:58 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

I am 63 and yes I am alive when Lombardi coached before there was a SB and GB played in the first two were you born then? When football was really football Lombardi turned a really poor team around and built championships in a no market city, they call it Title Town" for a reason. I do not disrespect any franchise or their coaches, I just think Lombardi and Walsh were the two best I ever watched, Mr B in NE and the coach of the pittsburg steelers was pretty darn good also.

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:45 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Were you alive when Lombardi coached? Or are you basing your decision on statistics and what other people tell you?  I agree with your pick on Walsh (best ever IMO).  I would have to say Bill Belicek (who I don't like) is the second best I have ever seen.  I never saw Lombardi coach so I can't consider him for my list.  Don Shula was another good one, but he drops because he couldn't win it with Marino.  But he was great to watch in the 70's.

Since: Sep 24, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:44 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Listen to how many times this guy said "uhh"  or "uhm" during his press conference. It will blow your mind.

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:27 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Hope he's a better coach than a quaterback

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:16 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Great news!!!  He lives in the Bay area and will stay!  He will be a great offensive mind to help the young 49ers become a good team again!!!

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:07 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Being a Miami Dolphins fan my initial reaction to this was , WTF?! Miami offers a lot more money and has a better core to work with (IMO). But then I considered well which conference would he have a better chance to succeed quickly? The AFC East with NE and Jets? Or the NFC Worst where 7-9 Seattle makes playoffs?

But it still makes me wonder about my Fins, So far Cowher and Harbaugh (maybe even Gruden) have said no thanks. Sporano back for 1 year which I have mixed feelings about.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:06 pm


Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:01 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Will be fun to watch the two Harbaugh brothers battle it out next year when they face each other

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:01 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

SI had a really good photo gallery a few days ago called "coaches who never coached a game" . Harbaugh will be in the gallery next year.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or