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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: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Anyone who drafts Newton as a "QB" for their future is an idiot. He wont make it as a pro QB. He'll definately be an NFL player tho.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

They signed him for 5 years for a reason he will take Gabbert or Newton as his QB of the future



Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Another "flavor of the month" hire. We've seen this many times before, a good college coach doesn't mean a good pro coach   Undecided  



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

How come everybody gets so excited to see a college coach coming into the NFL? Yes, he did a great job in the college ranks but NFL is a totally different animal. I hope you remember the hot-shot college coaches came to save the NFL teams. Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, Jim Mora.... 



Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Memo to Pete "The Cheat" Carroll

No more playoff seasons at 7-9. Harbaugh's about to make you his b---h...again! What's YOUR deal? (lol)



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Can Andrew Luck get a redo now?  The only reason I can imagine coming back to Stanford isn't so that I could finish an Architectrual Design degree, it's so he could shoot for a National Championship.  Stanford is in the same tough spot next year of hiring a new coach and not knowing what you will get out of the coach until you see the product and planning he puts on the field.  I'd be very skeptical of Stanford just jumping right back into a BCS game with a first year coach.  If Luck stays it's a huge asset for whoever comes in, but it's still got to be a huge downer for Stanford to be empty at the helm right now.  If I'm Stanford, I'd try and lure Brady Hoke from San Diego State and snub Michigan if at all possible.



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

I can't remember Michigan doing diddly squat since watching Charles Woodson in the Rose Bowl and guess what, that was a long, long time ago. One of the most overrated college programs in the nation, right next to Notre Dame.
Well it seems your memory is as long as that tootsie roll between your legs. Let me educate you..after the 97 National title season U of M went on to win 10 games the next 2 years...then 9, then 8 followed by back to back 10 win season again. Against weaker competition you say(im a mind reader). No, those 6 years we played 5 SEC team in the bowl games beating 5 and USC who we lost to(though Reggie Bush's parents house gave us a win there too)... Those SEC teams were in order Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Tennesee(the loss) and Florida.  In case your math skills are as bad as your memory that puts all the way to 2004. In 2004 U of M had 9 wins and lost in a squeaker to Texas in the Rose Bowl 38-37. Vince young led the Longhorns to a 4th quarter comeback.   2005 was LLoyd Carrs worst season at 7-5 and the Wolverines first 5 loss season since the 60's. 2006 brought 11 more wins but a bowl loss to USC.  2007 brought much anticipation due to the 11 win team returning future NFLer's Jake Long, Chad Henne, Mario Manningham, Mike Hart, Brandon Graham, and Shawn Crable among others.  But the Wolverines were STUNNED by App state to start the year and blown out by Oregon. Even though the rallied back to win 8 straight the Appy loss(and Tressel's dominance) were too much to save Carr. However they still were able to defeat Heisman Tebow and the Gators between their national championship seasons to send out Carr.  Then we have the last 3 years of the JV coach Rich Rod (boy i wish he would have taken the Alabama job that was offered the previous year).   So now that you are educated and up to speed on the winningest team in college , heck football history....tell me about the Cal Bears Carlisimo!



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

I can't remember Michigan doing diddly squat since watching Charles Woodson in the Rose Bowl and guess what, that was a long, long time ago. One of the most overrated college programs in the nation, right next to Notre Dame.
Well it seems your memory is as long as that tootsie roll between your legs. Let me educate you..after the 97 National title season U of M went on to win 10 games the next 2 years...then 9, then 8 followed by back to back 10 win season again. Against weaker competition you say(im a mind reader). No, those 6 years we played 5 SEC team in the bowl games beating 5 and USC who we lost to(though Reggie Bush's parents house gave us a win there too)... Those SEC teams were in order Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Tennesee(the loss) and Florida.  In case your math skills are as bad as your memory that puts all the way to 2004. In 2004 U of M had 9 wins and lost in a squeaker to Texas in the Rose Bowl 38-37. Vince young led the Longhorns to a 4th quarter comeback.   2005 was LLoyd Carrs worst season at 7-5 and the Wolverines first 5 loss season since the 60's. 2006 brought 11 more wins but a bowl loss to USC.  2007 brought much anticipation due to the 11 win team returning future NFLer's Jake Long, Chad Henne, Mario Manningham, Mike Hart, Brandon Graham, and Shawn Crable among others.  But the Wolverines were STUNNED by App state to start the year and blown out by Oregon. Even though the rallied back to win 8 straight the Appy loss(and Tressel's dominance) were too much to save Carr. However they still were able to defeat Heisman Tebow and the Gators between their national championship seasons to send out Carr.  Then we have the last 3 years of the JV coach Rich Rod (boy i wish he would have taken the Alabama job that was offered the previous year).   So now that you are educated and up to speed on the winningest team in college , heck football history....tell me about the Cal Bears Carlisimo!



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Metsflunkie...Really? You just finished with Troy Smith and Alex Smith. And now you want Vince Young? 49er fans must be retarded. How can you or any 9er fan ever want Vince Young after going through what you guys have the last I dunno 5 years. Are you a Glutton for punishment? You want Vince...HAVE HIM, TAKE HIM....and LOSE!



Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

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